Platelet-Rich Plasma, also known as “PRP,” is a solution of concentrated platelets. The mixture is achieved by drawing a patient’s own blood, spinning the blood in a centrifuge while treating it with an anti-clotting molecule, then separating out the top, golden-colored, solution. This process isolates the platelets and plasma from the more concentrated blood cells and provides a natural source of growth factors that stimulate healing and tissue repair. PRP is commonly used to treat tendon, ligament and muscle injuries, and is applied during and after surgeries to help tissues heal.
It is believed that PRP works through the powerful signaling ability of the platelets themselves. For example, in skin injuries platelets play a role in recruiting other molecules, such as red blood cells and even collagen to increase the speed and healing ability of the wound. There are a growing number of dermatologic and aesthetic uses for PRP. At Rejuvené, we offer several treatments where PRP is used to rejuvenate and revitalize the skin.
In a PRP Facial, the PRP is applied to the surface of the skin after a more invasive procedure such as microneedling, Photofacial, Profractional, Halo laser treatment, or Hydrafacial. The PRP saturates the skin and is allowed to infuse into the microchannel, created by the aforementioned procedures. The addition of PRP can increase blood flow, decrease healing time, and improve the overall results of the procedure.
In this procedure, after the PRP is cultivated, it is injected back into the patient’s face for younger looking skin. The PRP is used as a filler and may assist with collagen development, blood vessel formation, and improved oxygen circulation with the skin. This treatment can be injected alone or in addition to other fillers to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. It is especially helpful when injected into the tear-trough area to decrease the appearance of under-eye hollowness.
Because of the numerous benefits attributed to PRP, we refer to PRP as "Liquid Gold."