Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a revolutionary therapeutic approach in regenerative medicine that has recently gained increased steam in the cosmetic and plastic surgery realm.
Dr. Gross uses PRP to promote quicker healing after plastic surgery.
“For the past five to seven years, PRP has been used in the field of aesthetic medical care to boost facial rejuvenation, volume, and glow, help heal from scars, as well as bolster and promote quicker healing after plastic surgery,” says Edward J. Gross, M.D., a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon at Primera Plastic Surgery and Slim Spa.
The benefits of PRP treatment may include:
- Reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
- Enhancement of skin texture and tone
- Tightening of skin and improvement in skin laxity
- Improvement of crepey skin
- Generation of new collagen fibers
“PRP is an aesthetic tool doctors can use with a variety of facial procedures,” says Dr. Gross. “PRP is not meant to replace aesthetic procedures, but rather, to enhance results, improve outcomes, and promote quicker healing.
In his practice, Dr. Gross uses PRP in three main areas:
- Topical – on the skin for blemishes and scars, a process similar to microneedling
- Subcutaneous injections – to restore volume and collagen to the face (more commonly known as a “vampire facelift”)
- As part of facelift surgery – PRP is applied to the undersurface of the skin and the edges of the wound allowing patients to knit and mend more quickly
What Is PRP?
PRP, also known as stem cell therapy, is an innovative, organic procedure that uses the body’s own plasma to support and stimulate natural healing, renewal, and cellular growth.
Human blood is composed of four main elements: plasma, red and white blood cells, and platelets. The platelets include proteins, known as growth factors, which are vital in mending wounds and injuries and supporting the formation of blood clots.
The body possesses an unlimited supply of plasma and platelets providing patients with practically endless access to platelets and growth factors. A PRP application or injection has an extremely high concentration of platelets, making it five to ten times more potent than anything typically found in human blood. It also contains cytokines, which activate the healing of soft tissue.
Stem cells possess the uncanny ability to transform into virtually any cell in the body and can promote rapid healing and recovery when applied to damaged or skin or bone.
“PRP is all natural, totally safe, with no allergic reactions,” says Dr. Gross. “It’s taken from the patient’s blood, so there is a very high acceptance rate. Satisfaction rates have also been high.”
How is PRP Performed?
Your physician will prepare the stem cell injection by drawing a small amount of blood (around 5cc) and then isolating and concentrating the platelet-rich plasma and growth factors by spinning the liquid in a centrifuge. Once the growth factors are extracted, and the PRP solution prepared, it can be applied or injected directly onto the damaged tissue and mixed with your remaining blood.
“It takes about five minutes to take the blood and five minutes centrifuge it,” adds Dr. Gross. “Afterward, it takes between fifteen to twenty minutes to apply the treatment; therefore, patients are usually done in under an hour.”
Common areas treated with PRP include:
- Wrinkles on the forehead
- Fine lines around the eyes
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Crepey skin
- Nasal labial folds
“During the past five to seven years,” notes Dr. Gross, “PRP has also been utilized by orthopaedic specialists to treat conditions such as joint and muscle pain effectively, and by hair-loss specialists to improve hair restoration.”
Results and Recovery After PRP
Topical and injectable PRP treatments involve minimal to no downtime. Most patients will see an immediate improvement in texture and tone that will last up to three months. When combined with plastic surgery, PRP will promote faster healing of scar tissue.
Dr. Gross notes that PRP is an ideal choice for patients who want to avoid the injection of chemicals and prevent side effects which are minimalized when a patient’s own blood is used.
“PRP treatments are a good way for to maintain a youthful glow and pump throughout the year without having to undergo surgery,” says Dr. Gross. “Patients have an endless supply of blood, so the treatment is always readily available and is extremely rejuvenating.”
Find out if you could benefit from PRP cosmetic treatments. Contact us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Gross.