Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is among the most exciting innovations in medicine to take place in recent years. Robert Mirabile, MD, and Vivian Hsu, MD, of Best Impression Med Spa in Blue Bell and Norristown, Pennsylvania, incorporate this powerful healing formulation into facials and hair restoration treatments. If you’ve heard about PRP but want to learn more about how it works, schedule a consultation with a team member online or over the phone.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a solution created from a small volume of your own blood. The majority of your blood is a liquid called plasma. There are also solid components in your blood, including red and white blood cells and platelets.
Platelets are what enable your blood to clot, an important function in healing. Platelets also contain numerous growth factors that speed healing. PRP is simply a concentrated solution of plasma and platelets.
The process at Best Impression Med Spa begins with a blood draw, similar to the experience of a simple blood screen. Your provider takes the withdrawn blood and places it in a special machine called a centrifuge that spins the sample at a high rate of speed.
That process separates the liquid from the solids. The platelets are isolated and then re-introduced to your plasma. Part of what makes PRP such a highly sought-after treatment is the fact that the process boosts healing and cell growth without the need for pharmaceuticals or invasive surgical procedures.
PRP works to reduce inflammation and speed the healing process. That makes it a powerful addition to many aesthetics treatments.
One way to incorporate PRP into aesthetics is by smoothing the solution over your skin after microneedling. The microneedling process creates hundreds of tiny channels into the deeper layers of your skin. Allowing the PRP to penetrate via those channels helps your body heal and create new collagen.
A similar approach introduces PRP into your facial tissue by way of numerous small injections. Once absorbed into your dermal tissue, the platelet-rich plasma promotes accelerated cellular turnover.
A growing body of research supports the use of PRP injections in hair restoration treatments. The process involves a series of injections spaced about a half inch apart. The needle used is very thin and does not penetrate deeply into your tissue.
Research has found an increase in hair count, hair thickness, and a longer growth phase after PRP treatments. The process is not significantly uncomfortable and usually lasts less than half an hour. During your initial consultation at Best Impression Med Spa, your practitioner will estimate the number of treatment sessions needed to achieve optimal results.
If you’re curious about how PRP can enhance hair restoration or other aesthetic treatments, schedule a consultation at Best Impression Med Spa today. You can book online, or call and speak with a member of the administrative staff.