It seems like every day there’s a new way to boost your beauty, whether it’s wrinkle-reducing or fat-busting. The simple fact is that not all of them are worth a try, but one that actually is is called platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, which we’ve been offering at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA) for over a decade. The benefits of PRP are far-reaching, so we’re here to give you the 411 on this innovative new procedure.
What is PRP?
The gist of PRP is that it uses your body’s natural healing resources and applies them to a more targeted purpose, whether it’s facial rejuvenation, scar reduction, or hair restoration. One of our experienced, licensed, and skilled providers at DAA will begin by drawing some of your blood, which they’ll then place into a centrifuge, a medical device which separates your blood into various types of cells and fluids. This allows us to extract only the platelet-rich plasma, which we can use in a variety of ways depending on your specific concerns.
What cosmetic issues does PRP address?
The growth factors in PRP are often used to enhance the results of two popular wrinkle reduction treatments: facial filler injections and fat transfer. In a specialized procedure called the Vampire Facelift®, your own PRP is injected alongside fillers like Restylane® or Juvéderm®. While the fillers smooth existing wrinkles, the PRP causes your body to rebuild youthful collagen in the targeted area, progressively giving you firmer and more radiant skin. Fat transfer, on the other hand, begins with liposuction on your abdomen, love handles, thighs, or other area to remove excess fat. This fat (along with your PRP) is purified and then injected into specific areas of the face to restore youthful volume.
Acne Scar Revision
Along with scars from injuries, chicken pox, or surgeries, acne scars can appear as pitted areas in your skin due to trauma and inflammation. PRP and fat transfer can be used to remedy these permanent scars after surgical subcision. The surgery releases the scar tissue that’s pulling down on your surface skin and creating the depression, and fat transfer along with PRP is used to restore lasting volume in the area.
The natural growth factors in PRP have also proven effective in combatting hair loss. Our providers at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research or The Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss utilize PRP for hair growth and maintenance on a daily basis. The PRP is administered through a micro needling procedure, which activates your body’s natural healing process and stimulates the follicular stem cells in the scalp. We recommend three PRP procedures spaced six weeks a part.
PRP is just one of the many ways we at DAA can help you attain beautiful skin and hair you can feel comfortable in. But as with all medical procedures, PRP isn’t ideal for everyone. The best course of treatment for you will depend on your aesthetic goals, your unique skin, and a variety of other factors, so get started by scheduling a consultation at DAA. Or, more skincare tips, upcoming events, special offers, and the latest news in dermatology, join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.