What Is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)?
Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is a natural product from your own body. When blood is drawn and spun down in a centrifuge to separate the different component of the blood.
The platelets and plasma are separated from the red blood cells, the plasma now contains a higher concentration of platelets, hence Platelet Rich Plasma.
Creative Image Laser Solutions is proud to offer PRP Treatments at our Brownwood, TX location. We invite you to call our office today to schedule your appointment.
How PRP works
Platelets are the wound healing components of the blood. The PRP once injected into the skin acts as a matrix that promotes your own collagen to grow, regenerates tissue, and thus rejuvenates the skin. You can do PRP by itself, pair it with fillers, or add it to a fractional laser treatment.
Why does PRP rejuvenate the skin?
Blood platelets are the key to healing wounds, and PRP has four times the number of platelets than in regular blood. Platelets promote healing, tissue regeneration, and new cellular growth. When PRP is reinjected into the facial skin, the serum triggers a wound response in the body, which then creates new collagen and elastin for months following your procedure. Since collagen and elastin are responsible for making human skin firm, yet supple, this is how PRP acts to rejuvenate skin.
It’s thought that the numerous protein growth factors in PRP play a key role:
- Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF) — Promotes blood vessel growth, cell replication, and collagen production.
- Insulin-Like Growth Factor (IGF) — This is the regulator of normal physiology in nearly every type of cell in the human body.
- Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) — Promotes growth and generation of vascular endothelial cells.
- Transforming Growth Factor Beta (TGF-b) — Promotes growth of skin cells and blood vessels necessary for wound healing.
- Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) — Promotes growth of new skin cells, wound healing, and collagen production.
- Fibroblast Growth Factor-2 (FGF-2) — Promotes growth of specialized cells and blood vessels.
Who is an ideal candidate for PRP therapy?
Pretty much everyone could use the boost that concentrated blood platelets give our skin’s rejuvenation process. We all have sun damage here in Brownwood. Plus, declining collagen production with aging, personal habits, stress, and environmental factors all take a toll on our skin.
PRP can be used to return volume to faces that are beginning to look drawn due to volume loss. It will plump out cheek indentations, soften under eye hollows, and improve the skin tone, tightness, and texture. It is also effective for addressing fine lines, discoloration, and acne scars.
And because PRP uses your own blood as its base, reactions are non-existent, making our Creative Image PRP procedures ultimately safe and easy to take.
Potential side effects of PRP Therapy
We create PRP from the patient’s own blood, so the body accepts it when reinjected. There aren’t any reactions, and the procedure is completely safe and without side effects. These are completely natural treatments, allowing your body’s own blood platelets and growth factors to do what they do to rejuvenate your skin from within.
How many injections will I need?
There isn’t a set number of injections. Dr. Gary Butka will inject all of the platelet-rich plasma we have created from your blood sample. These are multiple injections across the treatment areas, not a single injection.
How long does a PRP therapy session take?
These are not long treatments at our Brownwood offices. We draw the blood, just as you have done for typical blood work. We then place it in the centrifuge to separate out the platelets, white blood cells, and growth factors, removing the red blood cells. This takes just a few minutes. Then Dr. Butka injects your platelet-rich plasma back into the areas of your skin needing rejuvenation. The entire process takes just 45 to 60 minutes.
How to prepare for your Therapy Session
There isn’t any preparation necessary before your PRP session at Creative Image Laser Solutions.
What results can I expect from PRP?
A small amount of blood will be drawn from you. While the PRP is being prepared, you will be topically numbed. Once the PRP is activated and ready it will be injected. The procedure is relatively painless. Mild swelling, bruising, and redness are typical after a treatment. The PRP is made from your own cells, virtually eliminating any type of allergic reaction.
Benefits When Paired With Fractional Laser:
22 women participated in a study, published by the American Society of Dermatological Surgery that combined PRP with fractional laser to analyze the effects on rejuvenating their skin. The results of the study showed that skin rejuvenation was better with PRP, healing time was faster, redness was decreased, and overall patient satisfaction was higher.
What you can expect after your PRP therapy treatment
When Dr. Butka injects your PRP into your facial skin, these injections are not made at any great depth. The goal is to simply allow the PRP easier penetration of the outer epidermis. These injection sites don’t require any healing or any recovery. You may have some redness and slight swelling, but this resolves within a few hours.
Another great aspect about PRP that our patients from Brownwood and the surrounding areas love is that it is created using the patient’s own blood. That means the body can’t have any adverse reactions to PRP injections.
These are great treatments to have in the afternoon, so that you can return home rather than head back to work or the gym. That way any redness or sensitivity at the injection sites will be gone overnight.
The results of your Therapy sessions
The goal of PRP rejuvenation is to improve tone, texture, stimulate collagen, soften lines and pores. Results begin to show 3-4 weeks after the treatment and continue to improve with time.
How long can I expect my results from PRP to last?
Your skin will be smoother, firmer, and will have more volume once the platelets and growth factors get to work. These changes will last for up to a year. But the aging process will continue, so Dr. Butka recommends PRP treatments on a bi-annual basis to maintain your improvements.
Questions? Contact Creative Image Laser Solutions to learn more and to schedule your appointment