The benefits of utilizing your own platelet-rich plasma (PRP) have long been known. Currently PRP is being utilized to stimulate new cell growth and collagen production due to it’s healing properties, and at Rock Creek Wellness, we’ve taken this medical breakthrough and applied it to our advanced aesthetics offerings!
What are the benefits of PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma is just that – the part of the blood that is composed of plasma. Typically blood is comprised of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma. To obtain the PRP we draw a small sample of blood, and then utilize a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the sample. The PRP is then used topically during the microneedling treatment, thus allowing the PRP to be introduced into the dermal layer of the skin via the MicroPen.
The benefits of using PRP are endless, but are especially useful in promoting healing and collagen production. This concentration of platelets contains growth factors that are also concentrated, making their efficacy compounded as well. Commercial Growth Factors can also have a similar effect, but the benefits of using your own PRP are exponentially more beneficial for you and pose very little chance for a negative reaction since you are eliminating any foreign bodies that may cause an allergic reaction. When the PRP enters the skin through the channels created by microneedling, you are allowing them to enter deep into the dermis and stimulate collagen production. This will cause the skin to look younger and more youthful after just one treatment!
PRP Microneedling treatments can be used to improve:
-fine lines & wrinkles
-skin discoloration and unevenness
-stretch marks and poor texture
-skin rejuvenation and revitalization
-hair loss (in conjunction with PRP injections)
How is this treatment performed?
Microneedling is a simple in office treatment that can take anywhere from 30-60 minutes depending on the area and skin conditions being treated. A topical numbing cream is applied and after 20-30 minutes is removed with a pH balancing cleanser; during this time the aesthetician will draw a small amount of your blood and spin off the plasma to obtain the PRP. The skin is then prepped with the PRP which allows the MicroPen to glide over the surface seamlessly, while also being penetrated deep into the skin. Depth of the MicroPen can be adjusted, depending on the area being treated, which allows for precision and treatment of delicate areas such as around the eyes, nose, and lips. Several passes of the pen will occur, with the PRP being applied liberally throughout the treatment. Following the treatment you can expect a flushed and “dewy” appearance, with some possible redness, akin to a mild to moderate sunburn. You may return to your normal activities after the treatment, and indeed, many of our patients do this treatment over their lunch break! The next day redness and erythema should subside and there should be little to no irritation or scabbing. Within 3-4 days you should experience glowy and refreshed skin with improved density and collagen.
How many treatments do I need?
Optimal results will be achieved after 3-5 treatments, though most patients elect to continue past 5 treatments to maintain their renewed and refreshed appearance. We do offer package deals, as the results are most noticeable after a series of 3 treatments.