IS PLATELET-RICH PLASMA THE fountain of youth?

Oct 25, 2023

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Also known as the “vampire facial,” platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has received much attention


What exactly is PRP?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is produced from a person's own blood. It is a concentration of one type of blood cell (platelets), which is critical for blood clotting.

Plasma is the liquid portion of whole blood. It is composed largely of water and proteins, and it provides a medium for red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets to circulate through the body. Platelets, also called thrombocytes, are blood cells that cause blood clots, as well as other necessary growth and healing functions.


PRP “Vampire facial” is 3-step procedure that involves having your blood:

  1. Drawn from your arm.
  2. Placed into a machine that separates the platelets from the rest of your blood.
  3. Applied to you (only the part of your blood that contains a high concentration of platelets).

Orthopedic surgeons use PRP to help athletes recover more quickly after an injury.

PRP is used as a possible treatment for hair loss. PRP may also speed up wound healing.

Some Plastic Surgeons are using PRP to give patients younger-looking skin.


If you have PRP to treat signs of aging on your skin, here’s what to expect:

  1. Blood drawn: You would have a small amount of blood (about 2 to 4 tablespoons) drawn from your arm.
  2. Platelet separation: The test tube containing your blood would be placed in a medical device called a centrifuge, which separates your blood into layers. One of these layers contains a high concentration of platelets.
  3. Platelet rich Plasma is applied on you: After microneedling the Platelet rich Plasma is applied on our skin. The entire procedure takes about 45 minutes to one hour.



How do PRP injections work?

The activation of the concentrated platelets in platelet-rich plasma releases growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells your body produces. This significantly enhances the body's natural healing process leading to healthy, younger skin.

 PRP can:

  • Reduce wrinkles!
  • Plump up sagging skin
  • Get rid of deep creases
  • Improve one’s complexion
  • Diminish acne scars

Another perk: There’s little to no downtime.

How long does it take to see the results?

Full effects appear within a few weeks to months and you need at least 4 treatments.




Who can have PRP rejuvenation?

PRP is considered safe for most people. It cannot be used in patients with Hepatiis C, HIV, people with blood cancer and skin cancer in the area treated.  

How long do the results last?

Results can last as long as 18 months. Depending on your age and skin quality an annual or biannual session may be needed.

Is PRP right for you?

PRP should be used in conjugation with other modalities including a skin care regiment and healthy nutrition. Contact Plastic Surgery Associates of Long Island at 516-714-5430 for a free consultation.