We know that in order to combat the signs of aging and improve the health and appearance of our skin nonsurgically, we need to utilize a combination of different techniques. At La Chele, we advocate a multiple-modality treatment plan that includes facial treatments, lasers and injectables along with the right topicals and it’s pretty incredible what we can accomplish over time. But what if I told you that we now have a way to amplify these treatments and use your own body’s ability to stimulate collagen and elastin production, minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve overall skin tone and texture?
We strive to offer the most cutting-edge, customized procedures to help you revitalize your skin and PRP, or Platelet-Rich Plasma, is the latest addition to our family of outstanding medical facial treatments.
What is PRP?
When we use the term “platelet rich plasma,” we are referring to a high concentration of platelets and tissue building elements that are contained within your own blood’s plasma. By releasing at least eight essential growth factors, this plasma aids in cell growth, angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels), collagen and elastin production and repair of damaged tissues. The treatment involves drawing a small volume of your blood (no more than what is usually required for a basic lab test) that is placed in a centrifuge, a device that spins the blood at a rapid rate. By doing so, the plasma is optimally concentrated and is not contaminated by red and white blood cells that can blunt the powerful effects of the platelets. This plasma can then be applied topically to the skin in conjunction with microneedling, Infini and IPL or even injected along with filler. We are also excited to introduce PRP for hair restoration!
Key Benefits of PRP
- Stimulation of proteins that increase collagen production
- Improved appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
- Skin Tightening and volumization
- Remarkable enhancement of skin texture, tone and other skin surface imperfections
- Minimization of scarring and stretch marks
- Angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels)
- Pore Reduction
Coupling PRP therapy with both regular microneedling and Infini (microneedling with radiofrequency) is a highly effective way to ensure that these growth factors are being delivered to the optimal area of the skin. By creating microscopic channels with microneedles, the plasma is able to penetrate into the dermis and stimulate even more collagen remodeling than with microneedling alone.
Platelet activation has also been shown to accelerate the wound healing process; therefore, by applying PRP after an IPL Photofacial, we can reduce the downtime associated with our most popular laser treatment.
A huge area of concern for many people, men and women alike, is hair thinning and hair loss and now, with the use of PRP injections, we are able to restore your hair without the use of implants or surgery. Because PRP increases the blood supply, dormant roots in the scalp are activated after injections. The stem cells of the hair follicles are stimulated, leading to increased multiplication of the hair. Over the 2-3 months following the treatment, vast improvements can be seen. A repeat of PRP injections may be recommended about 6 weeks after your initial treatment and, based on your individual response, subsequent injections may be advised.
What it isn’t…
While the use of PRP has been prevalent in Orthopedic medicine for quite some time, its role in the world of aesthetics first gained massive media attention back in 2013 when Kim Kardashian posted a photo of her face covered in blood and it went viral. On a later episode of “Kourtney & Kim Take Miami,” camera crews followed Kardashian into the treatment room where she had a “Vampire facial,” which consisted of microneedling with topically-applied PRP as well as PRP injections. She writhed in pain and some articles posted afterwards even pegged the procedure as something straight out of a horror movie. But there are several things wrong with what was portrayed by the reality star’s experience.
- Your face will not be covered in red blood. I repeat: you will not have any red blood on your face. As I mentioned before, once your blood is spun in the centrifuge, the plasma is separated from red and white blood cells. The end result: a light, yellow-ish liquid that is rubbed onto or injected into the skin. Even after microneedling, patients will only experience minor redness and maybe some pinpoint bleeding from the actual needles. .
- The discomfort of the treatment is very minimal. Despite the name “microneedling” patients should not shy away due to the fear of pain. We apply a topical numbing agent prior to any of the PRP treatments which helps substantially with any discomfort.
To find out more about PRP, visit our website or give us a call! 215.862.6100.