Platelet-rich plasma therapies (PRP) have been used by surgeons for more than 20 years. PRP is a small portion of the blood that is composed of a very high concentration of platelets, which have the ability to repair tissues via the release of growth factors. Growth factors are proteins that initiate connective tissue healing; bone, tendon, ligament regeneration and repair, stimulate the wound healing process, and promote the development of new blood vessels. Initially used in wound management, this therapy has now progressed to it leading-edge use with muscle and tendon injury, as well as cosmetic skin rejuvenation and hair restoration.
The use of growth factors is considered a “new frontier” in clinical therapy. New medical advances now allow us to harness an optimal concentration of platelets and growth factors to be precisely introduced to tissues needing repair. Dr. Denise Cooluris, ND offers her unique skill with PRP therapy for aesthetics, scar repair, hair restoration, and muscle laxity related to pelvic floor concerns.
Aesthetic PRP Therapy
PRP offers a unique alternative in cosmetic medicine to regenerate your skin using your own body’s cells without the use of artificial products or surgery. This innovative natural procedure offers incredible skin rejuvenation with minimal to no recuperative downtime. Platelets in the blood contain growth factors that stimulate the production of collagen and keratin. PRP can be precisely introduced to an area where increased collagen is desired, resulting in repaired and rejuvenated skin. PRP injections initiate a localized stem cell response that recruits collagen-producing cells over the course of weeks and months following the treatment. These cells replace tissue that has been damaged or lost via the natural aging process with healthy, rejuvenated skin with improved tone and texture. More…
This is an ideal option for those seeking a gradual, noticeable
improvement for the following:
- Reducing fine lines and wrinkles
- Crow’s feet
- Replacing mild collagen and volume loss
- Acne scarring
- Tightening and toning skin
Overall improvement in the skin hydration, tone, and texture is noticable within a few weeks of treatment. New collagen and blood vessels begin to grow three to six weeks after treatment, resulting in the reduction of fine lines/wrinkles and volume correction over the following three to six months. The cosmetic effects of PRP can last 1-2 years, depending on the individual. Best results are yielded when up to three treatments are provided, 8 weeks apart. This treatment will yield less than optimal results in the event that smoking or excessive alcohol/sun exposure persists after the procedure.
What happens during a facial rejuvenation PRP treatment?
At your initial appointment, Dr. Cooluris will discuss your treatment goals, eligibility, and briefly review your health history to recommend the most sensible PRP protocol with a reasonable, effective outcome. The day of treatment, a numbing cream is applied to clean skin at least 30 minutes before the procedure, making the treatment very comfortable. A nerve block may also be given. PRP is carefully injected into the target area via a syringe and gentle technique. In certain cases, PRP is applied to the skin with a dermaroller, which causes micro-abrasions that permit for a more diffuse treatment effect. The preparation time is 30-45 minutes, which includes the blood draw and numbing technique necessary for a comfortable procedure. The procedure itself may take 30-60 minutes.
What about recovery time?
You can resume to normal activity right after your appointment. The most common effect is minor swelling and bruising that may last up to seven days that is easily concealed with the use of cosmetics. Your face will need optimal sun protection up to 72 hours after the procedure.
Is this a safe procedure?
This is a simple and safe procedure using your own blood for treatment. Because the PRP sample is produced from your own blood, there is no risk for an allergic reaction with the exception of any numbing or pain agents that may be used, which will be reviewed by Dr. Cooluris prior to your treatment. The risk of infection is very low as the PRP sample contains a concentrated amount of your own immune cells, your natural defenders against infection.
Certain health conditions such as autoimmune and blood disorders, allergic skin disorders, infections, chemotherapy and cancer care may limit the use of PRP. Please contact our staff if you are uncertain if a health concern may not permit this treatment.