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  • Writer's pictureJill Stetson

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

In dermatology and cosmetic medicine, platelet rich plasma (PRP) has been used to treat acne, scarring, wrinkles and alopecia (especially in women). It is also effective for skin rejuvenation and tightening around the eyes. It can revitalize the skin, leaving it refreshed and rejuvenated—ultimately, the skin is stimulated and produces more collagen. PRP therapy can be performed on areas where dermal fillers are unsafe.

PRP therapy is a treatment which uses your own blood platelets to stimulate new cell growth, helping to improve your complexion, skin texture and to restore lost facial volume. Your blood is drawn and then spun in a centrifuge, which enables the separation of the blood cells from your plasma and platelets. The plasma is then injected into the desired location.

Generally 2-3 treatments from a qualified PRP provider are required for optimal results. PRP skin treatments last from 6 months to 2 years. After which you may need touch ups, if necessary.

Overall, PRP is an especially safe treatment option with no risk of allergic reaction because it is your own blood. However, anytime a needle is placed in the body, there is a risk of infection, bleeding, and nerve damage. These risks do not happen often, and are very rare.

After the PRP Injection avoid anti-inflammatory pain medication.

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