Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a natural product formed from your own blood. A small vial of blood is withdrawn from you and placed in a sterile tube that is then spun down in a centrifuge to separate the different components of your blood. Red and white blood cells are divided from the platelets and the clear fluid, or plasma. This plasma now contains a much higher concentration of platelets, and is therefore referred to as platelet rich plasma, or PRP.
The platelets are the cells in the body which help tissue to heal and grow new cells. The PRP, injected into problem areas of the skin, acts as a matrix to promote new collagen growth and regeneration of tissue, resulting in naturally smoother and tighter skin. This produces softening of wrinkles and improved skin tone and texture. Results begin to appear within 3-4 weeks of treatment and continue to improve with time. Multiple treatments may be needed to achieve optimal results.
Frequently targeted areas for PRP include:
PRP may be performed by itself, where it can be non-invasively applied topically to the skin, or for greater enhancement, injected into the skin. It is frequently combined with other procedures to enhance its effects, such as microneedling, microdermabrasion, or laser resurfacing. Combining these procedures allows for a better and deeper penetration of the PRP through the skin.
Side effects tend to be mild, such as bruising or swelling. You may wish to discuss any concerns you have for potential side effects with your doctor prior to receiving treatment.