You may have heard about the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment for joint problems and hair restoration. But did you know that this groundbreaking, all-natural therapy is now the non-surgical choice for rejuvenating the skin, healing from scars and blemishes, and helping cells and tissues recover faster after plastic surgery?

Patty suffered for years from puffy, tired-looking eyes that made her look weary and aged. The result was a lack of self-esteem and confidence that prevented Patty from looking and feeling her best.

Patty’s sense of self was transformed after she turned to Edward J. Gross, M.D. Dr. Gross recommended that Patty use PRP to enhance and augment a series of cosmetic medical procedures he had recently performed on her including blepharoplasty, a mini facelift, and intense pulsed light (IPL).

“The biggest benefit is the overall self-confidence, and that feeling of ‘wow’ you can change something that you can’t physically change yourself,” says Patty. “I chose Dr. Gross because I heard he was the best, and now I feel like I walk a little taller and smile a little larger.”

What Is 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.

“For the past five to seven years, PRP has been used to boost facial rejuvenation, volume, and glow, help heal from scars, as well as bolster and promote quicker healing after plastic surgery,” says Dr. Gross.

Dr. Gross uses PRP in three main areas of his cosmetic surgical practice:

  • 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 faceliftsurgery – PRP is applied to the undersurface of the skin and the edges of the wound allowing patients to knit and mend more quickly

In her initial consultations with Dr. Gross, Patty was shown before and after digital pictures of how she would look. “Dr. Gross said ‘this is what I can do for you,’ and he erased it all away,” says Patty. “I get emotional just thinking about it. From then on I knew that no matter what it took, I was going to do it.”

“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 instead, to enhance results, improve outcomes, and promote quicker healing.

“I came to Primera Plastic Surgery to originally get my eyes done because I had a long history of very puffy eyes and had lost a lot of self-confidence,” Patty says. “I didn’t need to make myself prettier or be this picture-perfect person.”

How Does PRP Work?

Human blood possesses platelets that contain growth factors which are vital in mending wounds and supporting the formation of blood clots. A PRP application has an extremely high concentration of platelets, making it five to ten times more potent than anything typically found in human blood. Stem cells possess the 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.”

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

“I was very excited to be the first PRP patient at Primera because I had such a positive experience with all my other procedures,” Patty continues. “Dr. Gross wanted to focus on my temple and cheek areas to fine tune what I already had done. So I knew there wouldn’t be any side-effects.”

Your physician prepares the stem cell injection by drawing around 5cc of blood and then spinning the liquid in a centrifuge. Once the growth factors are extracted, and the PRP solution prepared, it is injected directly into the damaged tissue.

“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.”

 

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.

“I never had any issues post-procedure and no pain,” says Patty. “It’s a very painless procedure. It allows you to sit in the chair, then go home and go about your business. You reap the benefits of it and forget that you’ve had it done. And I’ve noticed as time goes on, it constantly gets a little better.”

“PRP treatments are a good way 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.”

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