Facial Rejuvenation with PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) in Charlotte, NC
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 bring this innovative and transformative treatment to our patients in Charlotte and Huntersville.
What Is PRP?
PRP is an acronym for platelet-rich plasma. Plasma is found within the blood. It is a clear fluid that carries the white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets throughout the body. Platelets are also a blood component. They help the blood to clot and aid in the healing process. To create PRP, we use a centrifuge and other specialized equipment to isolate and concentrate the platelets and plasma, along with proteins, growth factors, and other blood components, from within your blood. We use a patient’s own blood for the procedure.
PRP has been long used in orthopedics and sports medicine to promote tissue growth and help people heal from injuries. The cosmetic uses for this regenerative substance are relatively new and this treatment is creating a great deal of excitement among physicians and patients alike. In the few years that we’ve had PRP available at our practice, we’ve seen dramatic skin transformations.
How do we use PRP for cosmetic enhancement? We take the concentrated blood components and inject them into the treatment areas. PRP is packed with the nutrients and growth factors that your skin needs to thrive. It initiates a healing and regeneration process in the skin. Over time, you’ll see the benefits of PRP as it improves your skin.
Another name for this treatment is the “Vampire Facial”, due to the use of blood in the rejuvenation process.
PRP in Charlotte, NC- What to Expect from Treatment
Platelet-rich plasma is a non-surgical procedure. It is performed in two stages. First, we take some blood from your arm. The process is simple, 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. This creates the PRP that we’ll use for your treatment.
We have the facilities available to concentrate and prepare the blood for PRP in-house. You’ll relax in our comfortable office while we prepare for the next stage of treatment.
Stage two begins with the application of a topical anesthetic to the treatment areas. We’ll wait a couple of minutes for it to take effect. Then we use a tiny needle to inject the PRP into the targeted sites. The concentrated platelet-rich blood starts its work, helping your skin regenerate itself.
The treatment takes about an hour and a half, but little of this time is an active time for you. Bring a book or a pair of headphones so you can relax.
Recovery After Platelet-Rich Plasma in Huntersville, NC
After treatment, you’ll be free to return home. We recommend that patients keep the blood solution on the skin for several hours after treatment, so clear your schedule for the afternoon.
Redness and minor skin irritation are common, and your skin likely won’t look its best for a couple of days. Your skin will be sensitive, to both skincare products and sunlight. We ask patients to avoid strenuous activities for 3-4 days, but otherwise, you’re free to return to work and other activities the day after treatment.
Overall, the recovery process is minimal for this non-surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions About PRP in Charlotte, NC
We generally start patients off with an initial series of 2-4 platelet-rich plasma treatments. You’ll see results after the first one. After the initial treatment series, many patients choose to come in once or twice yearly for maintenance treatment. This helps to extend and maintain the results of your PRP facial.
You may feel a slight pinch of a needle as we extract blood for PRP. As the process is the same process used to draw blood for medical work, you’ve likely already experienced this sensation. We use a topical numbing cream for the injection portion of the PRP treatment. Most patients report minimal discomfort.
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. We frequently use this treatment on acne scarring with excellent results.
Some of the most commonly reported benefits of platelet-rich plasma treatment include:
- Increased collagen and elastin production
- Tighter, smoother skin
- Improvement in the appearance of scars
- Fewer wrinkles
- Plump, more youthful skin
- Improvement in skin tone
Schedule your first PRP treatment at H/K/B by calling 704-659-9000. We can’t wait for your skin to experience a dramatic PRP transformation.
No downtime is required, but you might have some minor swelling, bruising, and tenderness. These symptoms usually go away within a few days.
We’ll provide detailed instructions for the recovery process so you can care for your skin and achieve the best possible results.
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 depending on their goals. Without retreatment, most patients enjoy PRP results for up to a year.
PRP treatments are priced per session. We’ll provide specific pricing details during your consultation, before your first treatment session.
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 with only one recovery period.
PRP can also enhance the results of surgical treatments. This procedure is ideal to extend and enhance the results of facelift surgery.
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.
Interested in PRP in North Carolina? Call us today to find out more about this innovative treatment.