Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP is an innovative way to rejuvenate your facial skin using small amounts of your own blood. This non-surgical technique defies aging and stimulates your body’s natural production of collagen. PRP is not yet offered by many practices, so we are happy to provide it to our patients.
PRP has been long used in orthopedics and sports medicine to promote tissue growth and help people heal from injuries. The cosmetic use is relatively new and is creating a great deal of excitement among physicians and patients alike.
At H/K/B, we believe in combining treatments whenever possible for an overall improvement. We often perform PRP for collagen growth, along with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) for dark spots, and the Fractional CO2 laser for fine surface lines and wrinkles. All of these treatments can be done at the same time. As a result, you will have only one recovery period.
Other combinations are also possible depending upon the results you are looking for. Most patients need two or three PRP treatments a few months apart, however.
What can I expect during a PRP treatment?
Platelet-Rich Plasma is a non-surgical procedure. First, we take some blood from your arm just like when you have a blood test at your family doctor’s office. The blood is treated and concentrated in a centrifuge that extracts the growth factors, proteins, and platelets. Sometimes, the blood is spun in the centrifuge more than once to concentrate it even further.
We apply a topical anesthetic to the treatment areas and use a tiny needle to inject the blood into the targeted sites. The concentrated platelet-rich blood starts its work, helping your skin regenerate itself.
What can PRP do for me?
PRP can help you look younger in a natural way that gradually tightens, tones, and hydrates your skin. It also repairs damaged areas by regenerating skin cells.
As the PRP stimulates your body to produce new collagen, lines and wrinkles will be softened, and facial volume will be naturally restored. PRP can also improve scars.
How long does it take to recover from PRP treatments?
No downtime is required, but you might have some minor swelling, bruising, and tenderness. These symptoms usually go away within a few days.
How long do the results from PRP last?
The results are gradual, and you should begin to see improvement within a few weeks. This improvement will continue for up to six months. Patients will often seek repeat treatments as well depending on their goals.
Interested in PRP in North Carolina? Call us today to find out more about this innovative treatment.
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