Your body is a fantastic machine. While fragile, it has systems to process and flush poisons and toxins, systems that search and destroy invading viruses, and systems for healing, from the smallest cell-level issue up to major trauma. Knowing how to instigate these healing processes has been the key to non-invasive treatments like ThermiSmooth and CoolSculpting, but with PRP we are finally exploring the benefits of blood in healing and rejuvenation.
What is PRP?
Platelet-Rich Plasma is obtained from a precise blood draw that is then processed to remove red blood cells, leaving only platelet-rich plasma protein and platelet-derived growth factors. Growth factors stimulate cellular growth, healing, and collagen formation. Only in the last decade has the aesthetic community begun to seriously examine the effectiveness of the treatment, and the studies look very good!
How is PRP used?
Because we use your own blood for your own treatment, PRP is occasionally called Autologous PRP. A specific volume of blood is drawn, mixed with an anticoagulant, and then processed with a specialized centrifuge that spins and separates out the red blood cells from the platelets and growth factors. The PRP can then be injected to aid healing and remodel skin, applied topically into “micro wounds” from treatments like micro-needling, Intracel, and laser for quick healing and stimulation of collagen, and even injected into your scalp to stimulate hair growth. It can also be used in the operating room to promote healing at the surgical site and improve scarring. The term “Vampire” has been made popular in part due to the Kardashians, and is used to describe treatments that incorporate PRP. While we have long been fans of growth factors (Omni Core Recovery complex added to speed healing), we now offer PRP to take your treatment to the next level!