As previously mentioned, PRP can be used on the skin to stimulate healing after cosmetic dermatology procedures. What’s more, PRP has been shown to promote the body’s own natural production of collagen; helping the skin appear more full and youthful. This can be done by directly injecting PRP into the soft tissue where there is volume loss, or applying topically to a scar or before/after laser or microneedling treatment.
Injecting PRP into soft tissue is a great option for those with minimal volume loss and are not candidates for traditional dermal fillers. PRP injections into soft tissue works by delivering the growth factor platelets directly into areas of volume loss, resulting in collagen stimulation. With any injection, there is always a chance of bruising and mild swelling. If bruising is a concern, avoid alcohol 24-48 hours before the treatment and other blood thinners such as Advil, Aleve, and Asprin, unless prescribed by your doctor.
PRP can be added to any laser or microneedling treatment to help expedite healing, decrease the appearance of scars and promote collagen production.
Microneedling: The Platelet Rich Plasma is placed directly on the skin, pre and post the microneedling procedure. One of our favorite treatments to combine with PRP is our “Intensif” treatment, which is radiofrequency microneedling. The tiny needles push the PRP into the tissue and also create tiny channels for the PRP to be absorbed into the skin post-procedure. Patients will generally leave with a mask of PRP and a moisturizer. Most patients benefit from 3 treatments, spaced one month apart, but those with deeper acne scars may require 5 monthly treatments.
Laser: PRP is popularly used in conjunction with laser treatments such as Fraxel and/or Clear and Brilliant, post procedure. Adding these growth factor healing properties immediately after any laser treatment will not only stimulate collagen, but also decrease downtime by a few days. Fraxel is recommended in a series of three monthly treatments. Clear and Brilliant, often referred to as a “baby fraxel” may require 5 monthly treatments but has virtually no downtime.