Who wouldn’t want to reclaim the youthful and glowing skin of their younger days?

People are often hesitant to try facial rejuvenation out of fear of invasive surgeries or unknown laser treatment techniques. Moreover, patients may not trust the idea of injecting a foreign substance into their body.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an innovative therapeutic approach in regenerative medicine that has recently gained traction in the cosmetic and plastic surgery realm. PRP, also known as stem cell therapy, uses your own plasma to support and stimulate natural healing, revitalization, and cellular growth.

“PRP is a natural product taken from the patient’s bloodstream,” says  Edward J. Gross, M.D., a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, specializing in rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty procedures at Primera Plastic Surgery and Slim Spa. “It’s the serum that is taken out of the blood with a 10cc blood draw.”

How Can PRP Be Used?

For years, PRP has been employed by doctors to stimulate wound healing and heal tendon, ligament, and joint damage, especially with sports injuries; it has also been instrumental in treating diabetic ulcers and regrowing muscles and bones.

Now the marvels of PRP have arrived for aesthetic medical care. “On the surgery side, we find benefits to using PRP in plastic surgery closure for mini-lifts and neck lifts,” says Dr. Gross. “PRP speeds up the healing process and reduces inflammation after surgery. We also use it on the spa side and in non-surgical areas. We combine it with microneedling, and take the PRP serum and place it on the skin. Then we fuse the skin with the PRP to improve collagenesis and enhance facial rejuvenation.”

The Science Behind PRP

Our blood is composed of four central components: plasma, red and white blood cells, and platelets. The platelets include proteins, known as growth factors, which are essential for repairing wounds and injuries and supporting the formation of blood clots.

A PRP application or injection has exceptionally high concentrations of platelets, making it five to ten times more powerful than any other substance found in the blood. It also contains cytokines, which trigger the healing of soft tissue.

Stem cells have the remarkable ability to transform into virtually any cell in the body, and they promote rapid healing and recovery when applied to damaged or skin or bone. Although it’s not known precisely how PRP injections work, it is believed that the concentration of platelets and growth factors enhances the healing process and increases the tissue’s inherent capacity to self-heal.

Is PRP Safe?

Platelet Rich Plasma has proven to be a safe and widely-accepted treatment. PRP stimulates fresh cellular growth in your body wherever it is injected. No chemical substances are used, and because your physician uses your own blood, there is no chance your body will reject it. Moreover, the chances of an allergic reaction or infection are practically nonexistent.

“Some patients ask me if there are any side effects with PRP and if it is safe,” says Dr. Gross. “It is absolutely 100% safe because it comes from your own bloodstream. There is no allergic potential.”

“Based on that solid safety footing, the PRP acceptance rate with our patient population is very high. Patients know they’re using their own natural product, the golden serum that comes from separating the blood from the plasma. PRP is used to help their healing and to stimulate the collagen growth in the face to keep them looking younger in a very natural way.”

How is PRP Performed?

A plastic surgeon draws a small quantity of blood (roughly 10cc) and prepares the stem cell injection. The liquid is then spun in a centrifuge to isolate and concentrate the platelet-rich plasma and growth factors. Once the growth factors are extracted, and the PRP solution prepared, it can be applied or injected directly into the damaged tissue and mixed with your remaining blood.

Cosmetically, PRP is used to:

  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and forehead
  • Tighten and tone the skin
  • Diminish dark circles under the eyes
  • Improve acne scars
  • Tone down crepey skin
  • Alleviate rosacea

“Once we withdraw the blood from the body, we centrifuge it in our med spa, and apply it to the skin with a little microneedling, which is a non-invasive facial rejuvenation process,” says Dr. Gross.

“Then we place the golden PRP serum right on the skin surface and infuse it with the microneedling technique for about 15 minutes. It gives the face a nice, healthy glow which will last for several months.”

In plastic surgery, PRP is used to speed up the healing process, and reduce swelling where cuts or stitches are needed. “We also combine PRP in surgery to improve healing and reduce inflammation,” says Dr. Gross. “We place PRP around the little incisions enabling them to recover and regenerate faster.”

Platelet Rich Plasma Results

Research shows that a majority of patients witness immediate enhancement in texture and tone lasting up to three months. Personal reviews on Realself.com indicate that 97% of patients think their PRP treatment was worth it. When combined with plastic surgery, PRP enhances the ability of scar tissue to heal.

According to Dr. Gross, PRP is an excellent option for individuals who want to refrain from chemical injections and limit adverse side effects. Plus, topical and injectable PRP treatment comes with little downtime, if any.

“PRP is very well accepted because it’s a natural product coming from the patient’s bloodstream,” says Dr. Gross. “We’ve had great results with it, and we’re really excited to offer it to our patients, both in the med spa and as part of plastic surgery.”

If you have any questions or need more information about how platelet rich plasma can help you achieve your cosmetic and aesthetic goals, please feel free to contact us.