Platelet Rich Plasma

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What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?

Platelet rich plasma, also referred to as “PRP’, is a non-surgical, long-term solution for several conditions. While it has been used in orthopedic injuries and procedures with excellent success, it can also be used in the field of aesthetic medicine. By using the body’s natural healing powers of cytokines and growth factors, PRP therapy utilizes the patient’s own plasma that is injected or used topically to promote tissue repair and improve tissue quality.

PRP injections can also be used to treat hair loss, improve your skin’s texture, treat under-eye bags and dark circles, and reduce the appearance of scarring and stretch marks. It can also be combined with certain types of injectable fillers.

A newer product called “platelet rich fibrin” or PRF, has been shown to produce prolonged results when compared to PRP.

Am I a Good Candidate for Platelet Rich Plasma Injections?

PRP can provide many benefits for a patient, but it is important to set realistic goals and expectations for the outcome of this treatment.

The benefits of PRP treatment may include:

– Reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
– Enhancement of skin texture and tone
– Tightening of skin and improvement in skin laxity
– Improvement of crepey skin
– Generation of new collagen fibers

If you believe you are a good candidate for PRP injections based on the qualifications outlined above, we suggest you schedule a consultation with Dr. Buchanan to discuss the possibility of receiving injections and the added benefits it could bring to your life.

Procedure

This treatment generally takes an average of 30 minutes to 1 hour. During this time, we will draw your blood and then separate the platelets. A local anesthetic may be used in the form of injection to the target areas depending on the indication.

The number of injections will vary based on the condition that we are treating. We see that patients usually experience a significant improvement after the first or second administered injection.

Most patients report that PRP injections are not painful, but pain tolerance varies from patient to patient, and will also depend on the area being treated. Pain can usually be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medications, such as Tylenol.

The most common areas where PRP is used:

Topical – on the skin for blemishes and scars, a process similar to microneedling

Subcutaneous injections – to restore volume and collagen to the face (more commonly known as a “vampire facelift”), this can also be combined with hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers for a “boosted” and volumized facial filler

As part of surgery (usually facial cosmetic surgery)– PRP is applied to the undersurface of the skin and the edges of the wound allowing patients to heal more quickly

Results

Your results will depend greatly on the area you targeted with the PRP treatment. There can also be variability from patient to patient. The exact number of injections will depend on your treatment plan that you and your doctor will discuss before proceeding. Typically patients begin to see improvement after a single injection but optimal results may require repeat treatments. .

Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon

During your search for a potential plastic surgeon, you should only consider a surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Board-certified surgeons spend a minimum of 6-8 years in training after medical school to ensure that they are well-trained in both aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

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