PRP injections, which stands for platelet-rich plasma, has long been known to have regenerative properties and has been used in sports medicine for years to help speed recovery following surgery. Only recently have the cosmetic benefits of platelet-rich plasma treatments come to light, made popular by celebrities, such as Kim Kardashian in Los Angeles, who use it to keep their skin youthful and smooth. platelet-rich plasma injections, also colloquially known as “vampire facelifts,” are a great way to turn back the clock on your appearance through a relatively quick and simple procedure that uses your own blood.
Dr. Ava and her team of board-certified dermatologists in Santa Monica were some of the first in Los Angeles to adopt this innovative procedure, and have years of experience and the skill necessary to create natural, youthful results. To learn more about PRP treatments and find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure, contact Ava MD in Los Angeles today!Continue Reading ↓
What are PRP Injections?
Platelet-rich plasma separated from the blood can be turned into a gel that works like a dermal filler, which is then injected into problem areas in order to help regenerate the skin and add volume. PRP treatment can also be delivered into the skin through microneedling, which creates micro-channels that allow topical solutions to penetrate deeply into the skin and become more effective. PRP injection treatment is an effective and natural way to stimulate skin renewal for a healthier, more youthful appearance.
During an PRP injection procedure, the patient’s blood is drawn into a tube which is then placed in a centrifuge. The centrifuge separates the platelet-rich plasma from the rest of the blood, allowing it to be reconstituted into a gel which can then be injected into the skin. This method of delivering the patient’s own platelets back into the skin as a dermal filler is what is known as a vampire facelift.
There is no risk of allergic reaction with PRP injection treatments, since it is made with your own blood, and the results are long-lasting. Typical PRP injection procedures generally lasts less than an hour.
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What Can this Treat?
Platelet-rich plasma injections can treat static wrinkles such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines, and can also add volume to skin that is thinning or sagging. If you are just beginning to see the effects of gravity and age, PRP may be a good choice for you. The effects from PRP treatment injections are not immediate like those of hyaluronic acid gel fillers, but they are longer-lasting, with results lasting up to two years.
There is no recovery time necessary following a PRP treatment procedure. Side effects are minimal and may include temporary bruising, swelling, or redness around the injection site, same as any other dermal filler.
Additional Cosmetic Uses
Other than the standard vampire facelift, platelet-rich plasma can be beneficial when combined with other Los Angeles cosmetic treatments, including the following:
PRP Hair Restorations
PRP can be used to help men and women suffering from hair loss by stimulating hair follicle growth. The platelet-rich plasma is injected into the scalp either as its own treatment or in addition to a hair transplant procedure. The platelets can trigger hair growth as well as speed up the healing process and stem cell activity of newly transplanted hair follicles. PRP for hair restorations typically requires a series of treatments over a period of months in order to achieve the best possible results.
Microneedling with PRP
On its own, microneedling is a highly effective procedure that can help smooth fine lines and wrinkles, fade scars and stretch marks, and soften uneven texture. When platelet-rich plasma is added to the procedure, patients can experience enhanced results with a much shorter healing time as a result of the extra boost of tissue-regenerating cells. Typically, PRP is applied to the skin topically following the microneedling treatment. The miniscule openings in the skin provide direct paths for the platelet-rich plasma to penetrate the skin and target the deeper tissues for amazing results.
PRP on Top of Lasered Skin
Similar to microneedling, laser resurfacing and other laser skin services can dramatically transform the look and feel of the skin. Applying PRP to the skin following a laser treatment can not only improve the overall healing time, but also increase the chances of reaching the best possible results sooner.
Schedule a Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection Consultation Today
If you are beginning to see the effects of time on your face, PRP injection treatments may be able to help you turn back the clock. To learn more about this innovative treatment and to schedule your consultation, call Ava MD in Los Angeles at (310) 439-5417 (Beverly Hills) or (310) 736-6146 (Santa Monica) today!
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