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:
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:
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.
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.