Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
PRP (Platelet Rich Protein) is a natural product created from your own body. A small amount of blood is drawn from you and placed in a sterile tube that is spun down in a centrifuge to separate the different components of the blood. Red and white blood cells are divided from the platelets and the plasma (the clear fluid). This plasma now contains a higher than normal number of platelets and is called platelet-rich protein.
Benefits of PRP
Platelets are the cells in the blood that help tissue to heal and grow cells. The PRP Injected into specific areas of the skin, act as a matrix that promotes your own collagen to grow, regenerate tissue, and thus acts as to naturally smooth and tighten the skin. In this way, PRP softens wrinkles and creates smoother skin texture and tone. PRP is also used to promote healing after ablative laser treatments and J-Plasma resurfacing treatments.
Microneedling with PRP
PRP is a popular addition to microneedling. This approach uses your own blood platelets to enhance your results. Blood platelets serve many important purposes, including aiding in the healing process by helping blood to clot. They also contain growth factors which constantly replenish the tissues throughout your body.
What To Expect During PRP Treatment
Platelet-rich plasma is frequently used for aesthetic purposes. The treatment begins with a simple blood draw. Once the blood has been drawn, we place the vials into a machine that separates the platelets from other elements of the blood. After the platelets have been purified, they’re ready to use. They can enhance your microneedling procedure by providing an abundance of growth factors to help your skin revitalize itself. After completing the microneedling process, your practitioner massages the platelets into your skin, where they use the “micro-channels” created by the microneedling device to access the deeper layers of skin. This can speed up and improve the healing process.
PRP Hair Restoration
PRP has shown promise in hair restoration. When used in this capacity, the purified platelets are injected directly into the scalp to encourage growth in areas of thinning hair or baldness. We’re proud to offer this emerging technique for hair restoration here in Washington, D.C. Patients who undergo a hair restoration procedure with PRP may return to their normal activities the same day, as no sedation is required.
Schedule A Consultation
If you are interested in the PRP treatment for microneedling or hair restoration, call 202-750-5189 to schedule a consultation. West End Plastic Surgery serves patients in Washington D.C. and surrounding areas.