Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is an intervention that has been used in medicine for several years. Traditionally, PRP has been utilized to speed up the healing process, repairing tendons, ligaments and joint damage, healing diabetic ulcers, and helping to re-grow muscle and bone. This rich extract of your own blood contains fragments of cells that are full of platelets, growth factors, and active proteins. These growth factors are known to stimulate the regenerative capacities of our own cells. When injecting this concentrated supply of plasma into our face, it stimulates the native cells in our body and tells them to regenerate.
PRP harnesses remarkable healing powers, and can be used as a regenerative cosmetic skin and facial treatment for the following:
- Reducing wrinkles and fine lines
- Toning and tightening skin
- Repairing mild volume loss and collagen loss
- Improving the appearance of dark under eye circles and row’s feet and
- Softening acne scarring
- Minimizing rosacea
Prior to your cosmetic PRP treatment, you will meet personally with Dr. Perez in a confidential consultation. During this consultation, Dr. Perez will discuss your goals and concerns, and determine which treatment, or combination of treatments, will best achieve your desired outcome.
What's Involved in PRP Treatment?
A typical PRP procedure usually takes 45 minutes. We start with obtaining a vial of blood from the patient, usually from a vein in the arm.
This blood will be centrifuged at a specific RPM in a medicated tube. This process will separate the PRP from the remainder of the blood, leaving a concentrated platelet count with active proteins and growth factors. Once the plasma portion of the blood is drawn into the test tube, it is mixed with a calcium preservative, forming a gel that will become the injection material.
Since the Platelet Rich Plasma is taken from your own blood, the risk of disease transmission, allergic reaction, or similar complication is eliminated.
After numbing the area being treated with a local anesthetic injection or topical numbing cream, the PRP is injected into the face with a fine needle in a similar fashion as a dermal filler.
This injected volume will slowly disappear within the next couple of weeks, but the cells in those areas will be stimulated to form new collagen and also regenerate the skin in the next 1 to 3 months.
Over the course of weeks or months after your treatment, this process activates collagen-producing cells called fibroblasts. By replacing tissue that has been lost or damaged by the aging process, the fibroblasts help skin look healthy, rejuvenated, and refreshed.
Because of the need of time to see an improvement in the injected areas, we recommend the injection of a hyaluronic acid dermal filler at the same time.
To obtain a better stimulus, we recommended a second injection of PRP four to six weeks after the first.
This procedure is minimally invasive. However, its downtime is somewhat in between treatment with traditional fillers and the fat grafting procedure.
As with any plastic surgical procedure, we recommend the patient to be off any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications like aspirin or ibuprofen for at least seven days before receiving any injections. This will limit the amount of bruising and risks for hematomas.
The importance of seeing a proper training provider for this kind of procedure assures you the best possible results.
There are many injectors without the proper training and the resources to solve any possible side effects of this type of procedures. When you look for a provider you need to look for the board certification credentials including membership to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Mechanical micro-needling is an innovative cosmetic procedure designed to improve your skin’s texture and tone by diminishing the appearance of acne scars, fine lines and other aesthetic imperfections. During the procedure, micro-injuries are created in the skin with tiny needles. This triggers new elastin and collagen synthesis, resulting in a thicker epidermis with a softer appearance on wrinkles, scars and overall texture.
This process also creates micro-channels which can be used with PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) to give you a step up to their micro-needling treatment.
Benefits of Eclipse Micro-Needling:
- Minimal downtime
- Safe for all Skin Types
- Natural Results
How is Micro-Needling performed?
When you come in for your treatment we will apply numbing cream (10-15mins). A sterile needle-tip containing 12 tiny micro-needles is secured to the Micropen. The device is then pressed gently against the treatment area.
Does Microneedling hurt?
Micro-needling may feel similar to the sensation of light sandpaper moving across your skin. Although certain areas may feel more or less comfortable than others, most patients find the treatment to be easily tolerable and worth any temporary discomfort.
What’s the down time?
You will likely notice skin redness immediately following treatment. Your specific healing time will depend on the micro-needling setting used and the number of overlapping passes. Patients typically experience redness for up to two to four days. Some patients report healing in only 24 hours.
What should I avoid before doing a micro-needling treatment?
Discontinue using Auto-Immune therapies, Retin-A 24 hours before treatment. Patient with facial outbreaks such as herpes must take medication 48 hours after micro-needling treatment. Also avoiding the sun pre and post treatment is very important.
Are results immediate?
You will likely notice “glow” to your skin immediately after treatment. During the days and weeks following your procedure, you will see visible changes to your skin. Your results will continue to improve over the next 6 months following treatment as collagen production continues.
How many treatments will I need?
Depends on the skin condition the patient has and what they want to achieve with their micro-needling treatments. Some patients will require a single treatment, for a more smooth, refresh skin. However, patients with deep wrinkles or acne scars are recommended to receive a series of 3-4 treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart.
Find out if PRP and microneedling treatment is right for you. Call Renue Aesthetic Surgery at 913-685-1108 today. Dr. Victor Perez welcomes patients throughout the Kansas City area, including Overland Park, Olathe, and nearby communities in Missouri and Kansas.