We at ProMD Health are pleased to offer Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) as part of our facial rejuvination program. The treatment is ideal for individuals looking for a significant improvement in skin texture, tone, color and volume with minimal or no recovery time. This revolutionary natural procedure literally rejuvenates your face. Platelets in your blood contain numerous Platelet Derived Growth Factors (PDGFs). These growth factors stimulate stem cells and proliferation of fibroblasts and keratinocytes, which produce collagen and keratin. PDGFs have a significant role in blood vessel formation, the cellular division of fibroblasts (the most common cells in connective tissue), and in synthesizing collagen and the extracellular matrix, including hyaluronic acid. Collagen production has been attributed to helping correct the visible effects of wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid has also been shown to increase skin tone and volume, providing a more youthful appearance.
This procedure is not a surgical face lift nor does it create the same effect as a face lift. The procedure helps restore and enhance specific areas, improving volume, reducing crepe-like skin and minimizing wrinkling. Improvement of skin texture and tone can be noticeable within three to four weeks and improvement continues for the next 8 months as more collagen and keratin is synthesized under the skin. The results typically last 2 years or longer. Areas of treatment include cheeks and mid-face, wrinkling around the eyes, smile lines, nasolabial folds, neck and jawline, chest, acne scarring, hands, hyperpigmentation, surgical or traumatic scars, stretch marks, cellulite, thinning hair and more. The process takes between 60-90 minutes, depending on complexity.
The treatment requires preparing a small amount of the patient’s own blood into a powerful serum to help initiate cellular regeneration of tissue. How a patient responds to the procedure can vary from person to person, and will depend on the healing ability of one’s own body. Research indicates that individuals receiving PRP therapy were exhibiting improvement after only one month, steadily progressing for 12 months following the injection.
Dr. Gavrila will assess the degree of skin aging, perform a simple skin analysis, and recommend a sensible treatment with a reasonable outcome. After your skin is cleansed and prepared, local anesthetic cream is applied and nerve blocks may also be given. Blood is then taken from your arm and processed. First, specific areas are targeted, such as the area around the eyes, smile lines, laugh lines, and marionette lines. Then, the entire face is targeted. PRP is then injected via syringe and applied to the skin following our specialized preparation procedure and then driven subcutaneously for optimal results.
Typically, there is little to no downtime associated with the treatment. Some redness of the treated area may last a day after treatment. Minor bruising may occur, but clears up in about a week and can be concealed with cosmetics. Normal activity can be resumed immediately, but your face should be protected from the sun.
PRP treatment is extremely safe. Because PRP is produced from your own blood, there is no risk of an allergic reaction. In addition, PRP contains concentrated amount of white blood cells, your natural defenders against infections. As a result, infection is extremely rare with our PRP treatment. PRP is rich in numerous growth factors that are an essential part of cellular interaction and proliferation.
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