Platelets play a role in stopping bleeding and in repairing damaged blood vessels and cells in the body. Platelets also contain substances called “growth factors” that activate and rejuvenate cells in our body.
WHAT IS PLATELET-RICH PLASMA (PRP)?
PRP, by definition refers to platelets in plasma, where the platelet concentration is generally considered to be twice the normal concentration in whole blood. PRP should not include red blood cells (RBC) or white blood cells (WBC) – in fact, these cells should be removed as much as possible from a PRP preparation. If the PRP in the syringe has any tinge of pink or red, it is mostly likely that you are injecting a preparation that has RBC contamination. The ideal PRP solution will be a golden, straw-like color.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Platelets and other components in human blood are known to migrate to a site of injury. Platelets then release a variety of growth factors that respond to tissue injury, where they initiate and promote healing. When causing micro wounds with a microneedling procedure, we have the potential to concentrate platelets at the site of treatment and enhance the body’s natural capacity for healing.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE TREATMENT?
Upon completion of the procedure there will be a slight redness of the skin and the skin will also feel tight and slightly sensitive to the touch. Most of this irritation will dissipate within a couple of hours and the area should be completely healed within twenty-four hours. Three days later, no one will be able to tell that you just had a procedure.
After doing this treatment, clients typically begin to see results within six to eight weeks and these results can last up to one year. Although significant improvement to the skin can be achieved through just one session, it is generally recommended that clients do a course of three sessions at a four to six week interval in order to achieve the very best results.