Our bodies naturally produce stem cells to help us heal by stimulating the growth of collagen and blood vessels. Platelets in the blood stimulate stem cells – platelet-rich plasma (PRP) contains a higher concentration of these substances than normal blood. PRP has been used for years to heal wounds – especially for athletes. Because collagen plays a key role in anti-aging, it was only natural for PRP to be used in aesthetic medicine.
During the treatment, Dr Visconti will draw about 10mL of your blood. Then he will place the tube into a centrifuge which spins and separates the platelets from the rest of the blood components (this process takes about 10 minutes). PRP can be used in two different ways – it can be injected into your face or it can be applied topically during your MicroNeedling treatment.
A direct injection of PRP can be done underneath acne scars or wrinkles/fine lines. Increasing the number of platelets in the skin can have regenerative effects on the skin.As part of the body’s healing ability, platelets and other components in human blood migrate to the site of injury. Platelets are well known to release numerous growth factors that respond to tissue injury, and initiate and promote healing. By concentrating platelets at the site of injury, we have the potential to enhance your body’s own regenerative potential.
Utilizing PRP topically during a MicroNeedling treatment is optimal. MicroNeedling creates small microchannels in the skin – this allows the PRP to properly penetrate the skin and get to work!