Platelet rich plasma, also known more commonly as PRP, is an office-based procedure offered here in San Diego that can be used in a variety of ways as a powerful anti-aging treatment option.
What is PRP?
But exactly is PRP you may ask? PRP is basically a concentrated solution of platelets that can be generated from a patient’s own blood. Platelets are well-known for their significant contribution in the healing process. Platelets are not only critical in the clotting process when you get cut – they also have a significant concentration of growth factors that help to stimulate stem cell response. In turn, these stem cells will help your body to generate new, more vibrant collagen production. Together this entire cascade aids in repairing and regenerating damaged soft tissue and skin while giving you a much more youthful and glowing appearance.
Some of the anti-aging results predictably seen with PRP injections include:
- Improved skin color, tone and texture
- Reduced dark circles and hollows under the eyes
- Improved collagen production for facial soft tissue and skin
- Reduced down time following resurfacing treatments like laser peels
- Accelerated healing following a variety of facial plastic surgery procedures
Vampire Facial/Vampire Facelift
PRP became very popular when the terms vampire facial and vampire facelift were popularized by many different celebrity names. The term vampire facial refers to the use of PRP as a topical serum applied to the face to help rejuvenate the skin. When PRP is injected under the skin surface to enhance the soft tissue and skin integrity, it is often times called a vampire facelift because of its powerful rejuvenating effects.
How Long Does PRP Take to Work?
When PRP is used to help rejuvenate skin tone and texture, it can take weeks to months before the final improvements are seen. The reason there is a delay in visible response following PRP treatment is that the new collagen production needs that amount of time to take full effect. Once this takes place, the rejuvenation process becomes more manifest. Some will even say that the effects of PRP treatment can improve for as long as 18 months after a treatment session.
Is PRP FDA Approved?
The answer is that PRP is not officially approved by the FDA. But that is because the FDA does not regulate something like PRP, which is not an actual drug. PRP is considered a naturally derived serum that originates from your own blood. Therefore, the FDA has no current imposed regulation on its use for cosmetic facial enhancement.
Is PRP Safe?
PRP has a proven track record that spans many years of its use in other areas of medicine. For instance, PRP has been used medically in the past to aid in accelerating the healing process for various wounds, tendon damage, ligament damage, and joint damage. PRP has also been known to aid in helping to heal ulcers in diabetic patients.
PRP & Enhanced Hair Growth
Scientific studies have now shown that PRP treatment can lead to enhanced hair growth without having to undergo complex hair transplant surgery. This is especially true for what is called androgenic hair loss patterns. A series of PRP injection treatments is required in order to achieve any substantial improvement in thinning hair loss.
San Diego PRP Consult
If you are interested in consulting with an expert in PRP facial treatments, do not hesitate to contact our San Diego office today.