The Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) facial, is a minimally-invasive and nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that works to rejuvenate the skin and reverse early signs of aging by injecting your own blood directly into the dermis layer of your skin. Plasma has been utilized successfully for decades in the medical community to promote faster healing and reduce inflammation in common sports injuries and orthopedic conditions with incredible results. Now, these same benefits are being applied to the skin to improve the quality, texture and appearance of your complexion from the inside out with minimal side effects and downtime.

How Does PRP Therapy Work?

The blood found in your body is primarily made up of plasma, which is the liquid component of blood that is rich in nutrients, red and white blood cells and platelets. Platelets play an essential role in helping the blood to clot when you sustain a cut or injury; however, it also contains proteins that are critical for stimulating new tissue growth, reducing inflammation and promoting overall healing. The PRP facial is a proven regenerative treatment that separates the plasma from your blood and injects it directly into your skin at the source of your concerns to improve and reduce their appearance from within.

The first step in a PRP treatment is to collect a small sample of blood from your arm, similar to when you receive a routine blood test at the doctor’s office. The collected blood is then spun in a machine known as a centrifuge to isolate the PRP from your blood’s other components. Once the PRP has been separated, the treated areas of your skin will be numbed with a topical anesthetic to ensure your comfort. The PRP serum is then strategically injected into your treatment areas for deep tissue infusion and begins to promote new collagen production and generates new cells to repair your skin gradually over time.

What Concerns Can PRP Treat?

A PRP facial is an ideal treatment for several common skin concerns and blemishes that offers dramatic, long-lasting results. Some of the concerns that may be improved with a PRP facial include:

  • Acne scars and active acne
  • Age spots or sun spots
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Large pores
  • Necklines
  • Reduced skin elasticity
  • Volume loss
  • Uneven skin tone and texture

After a series of treatments, collagen production is reinvigorated within the skin, leading to a smoother, softer and more youthful complexion. During your initial consultation, Dr. Vasisht will help you determine the optimal amount of treatments required to achieve the most optimal results for your goals and concerns.

Why Do We Need PRP?

There are conditions that PRP can treat, but there is unfortunately very little people can do to prevent them from occurring. For example, the conditions associated with age (wrinkles, fine lines, folds, etc.) are going to happen at some point in a person’s life. You may be able to delay the inevitable, but you can never prevent it.

That’s because of an unfortunate byproduct of becoming older. After the age of 20, it is estimated that we lose about 1% of our collagen production each year. Collagen is the most important foundational component of healthy, taut skin. When it goes, there is no way to replace it.

Other concerns are often linked to environmental causes. Acne, for example, can be caused from surface contaminants or pollutants in the air. Sunspots and many textural concerns are directly linked to sun exposure. Most people would agree that avoiding these things entirely is impossible.

Whatever the cause may be, the unlucky truth is that solutions to these problems from a prevention standpoint don’t exist. But PRP does offer patients a chance to improve on them even after they have developed. Outside of PRP applications, restoring your appearance with naturally derived products is almost nonexistent.

Am I a Candidate for PRP?

As long as you do not have any serious underlying conditions that can make poor scarring or excess bleeding a concern, you are likely going to be a candidate for PRP if you have any of the previously mentioned conditions.

Make sure to share your medical history with your physician to ensure they have a full idea of any potential speed bumps in the process. Even if PRP isn’t the best choice for you, our team at South Shore can help you find a strong alternative.

How Should I Prepare for PRP?

There is no lengthy preparation process you need to worry about when scheduling your PRP treatment. Come as you are, for the most part. But we do recommend that you avoid sun damage and other deep facial treatments to make sure no unnecessary discomfort is added to your experience.

Can I Combine My PRP with Other Procedures?

PRP can be combined with a host of other nonsurgical procedures to develop a powerful treatment plan. Some of the most commonly combined treatments are Botox, chemical peels. HydraFacial, Jeuveau, laser skin resurfacing, microdermabrasion and microneedling.

If you are interested in combining procedures, let us know during your consultation. We will help you figure out a precise treatment plan that will achieve all of your goals.

How Much Does PRP Cost?

PRP treatment has some flexibility in cost because of the many different factors that go into it like location, combination procedures, the amount of correction being made and your specific aesthetic goals.

According to Healthline, however, you can expect PRP treatment to run you anywhere from $900 to $2,500. This ia a good general ballpark, but a definite cost can never be provided until you have gone through the consultation process.

What Should I Expect from the Recovery and Results?

As a minimally-invasive treatment, a PRP facial has few side effects associated with the procedure. Patients may experience some mild swelling and redness following their facial, but these symptoms will usually subside within 24 hours of your treatment. Because the injections will only use the components found in your blood, you will avoid the adverse side effects that often accompany synthetic rejuvenating solutions or more invasive cosmetic procedures.

Patients should expect to start seeing the results of their PRP facial in about three to four weeks depending on how quickly responds to the treatment. Within a month, you should see noticeable improvements to early signs of aging, blemishes and scarring as well as improved skin tone and texture. While natural collagen production will continue for as many as three months after your treatment, the results of your PRP facial can be enjoyed for up to a full year.

Rejuvenate Your Appearance with PRP

If you’d like to drastically improve the quality and appearance of your skin without side effects or downtime, look no further than a PRP facial at South Shore Plastic Surgery. To see if our PRP Facial is right for you, contact our expert staff led by board-certified Dr. Vasisht today at 856-322-8100 to schedule your consultation.