Platelet Rich Protein (PRP)

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is the latest medical treatment to cross over into the world of aesthetics.  PRP joins a long list of beauty treatments from Botox, Latisse, Radiesse, and Sculptra that had their start in conventional medicine.  Long established as a treatment for healing wounds, PRP was adopted by sports medicine (Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant-both reported recipients) a few years ago.  Today PRP has found a home in cosmetics (Angelina Jolie is said to have had PRP sessions to treat fine lines and add volume to her lovely face).    PRP therapy is effective, versatile, non-allergenic, and offers virtually no downtime or side effects.

Sometimes referred to as a “vampire lift”, PRP is a rejuvenation technique that utilizes your own blood to “heal” damaged or aging skin. Your own platelets are concentrated and activated and then injected into the desired area.  The result is the release of large amounts of your stored growth factors that also attract stem cells and together repair the area.  The net effect is a marked improvement in texture, quality, color, and tone of the skin being treated. One patient described her results to us as “a kiss of youth” stating that her skin had become bright, plump, and dewy again.

From the variety of difficult areas now being treated to the treatment’s short downtime, the list of reasons to do this treatment is long.  Platelet Rich Plasma is being used to rejuvenate areas usually very difficult to treat like skin under the eyes, lip lines, the neck, chest, hands, upper arms, and scars.  PRP is also an attractive option for people who have concerns about the use of neurotoxins and traditional fillers that they fear may cause an allergic response.  But perhaps most compelling, is the simple cost-benefit equation that all patients calculate when making a treatment choice. Patients calculate a treatment’s benefits and measure them against the amount of pain, downtime, and risk associated with the treatment.  PRP measures up well as the amount of rejuvenation is substantial with almost no downtime or risk. The downtime is similar to that of a traditional filler, and our patients are loving the results almost from the first day.  The results will then continue to improve for several months and have been reported to last for up to 2 years.

 

 

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