Cosmetic Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is a new treatment in the field of cosmetic procedures. Skin specialists have been using PRP therapy as an innovative way to achieve healthier younger looking skin. Stem cells in the platelets are injected into specific areas of the face to spur collagen growth and tissue regeneration. Patients are seeing improvement of wrinkles as well as improvements of skin tone and texture.
PRP begins by taking a small vial of blood and processing it to create a concentration of beneficial platelets. Platelets are known to release a variety of factors that respond to tissue injury, where they initiate and promote healing. When injected just under the skin, they activate new skin cell growth and over time, leads to a stronger collagen support structure. PRP can be used to give a fuller appearance to skin divots, pock marks and hollow cheeks. It can diminish the scars left by acne and greatly improve the lines around the mouth and nose which develop with time. Treatment takes about 30 minutes and patients are able to immediately return to their daily activities with few or no side effects. Most people need 1 to 3 treatments, spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart, to receive the maximum benefit.