PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy is a state-of-the-art treatment that uses your body’s own plasma to rejuvenate your appearance. At Keller Plastic Surgery Dr. Gregory S. Keller, a board certified facial plastic surgeon, and his team of dedicated specialist provide PRP Therapy for residents of Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and neighboring communities in Southern California.
What is PRP Therapy?
PRP, or platelet-rich plasma therapy, uses your body’s own natural healing mechanisms to promote smoother, younger looking skin. PRP is available as both an injection treatment and a topical cream and is currently the most advanced method of regenerating skin cells.
What conditions are treated with PRP Therapy?
While PRP therapy improves the overall condition of your skin, it is especially recommended to treat the following conditions:
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes
- Sun damage
- Acne scars
- Stretch marks
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Thin, sagging skin on the neck and chest or around the eyes
- Rough, dull, ashy, or uneven skin texture
How does PRP Therapy work?
PRP therapy is performed in several steps. First, a blood sample will be drawn from your arm. This blood sample is then placed in a centrifuge that causes it to spin at a very high speed, causing the plasma to separate from the blood. The plasma is then isolated and “activated” by adding calcium chloride to it, causing it to release its growth factors. Once the activated plasma is injected into your face, your body will begin to increase its production of collagen and various healing processes will begin to occur naturally as the growth factors in your plasma gradually trigger your skin to release new stem cells. PRP treatment tricks your body into responding as though an injury has taken place and it must now produce healthy new tissue to heal itself, so it will produce fresh collagen as well as new cells and blood vessels. Over the next few weeks or months, you will see a gradual rejuvenation prompted by your body’s natural healing mechanism.
Who is a good candidate for a PRP Treatment?
While PRP therapy is autologous, meaning that it is derived from your own body and unlikely to produce allergic reaction, PRP treatment is not recommended for individuals with certain medical conditions that affect the blood, such as bone cancers, blood cancers, or anemia. Medications such as prescription blood thinners or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may have to be temporarily suspended for several days before and after treatment as instructed by Dr. Keller or any of our treatment specialists.
What can I expect after PRP Therapy?
Initially, you may experience tenderness and redness in the skin that may last for a few days and may look and feel similar to mild sunburn. Some patients may also experience minor bruising. The redness will begin to diminish on the second day, and some patients may experience minor swelling and roughness of the skin on the day after their procedure. Most of the swelling should subside by the third day, but the roughness may last up to seven days. There is no prescribed recovery period after PRP therapy, and most patients resume normal activities immediately after treatment.
How long do results of PRP Therapy last?
Most people will see some improvement within a few days after treatment, but the greatest difference will become noticeable after two or three months, at which time you will see vibrant new skin that feels and looks firmer and more radiant. Depending on how well you care for your skin, as well as your lifestyle and age, the results may last one to two years.
PRP therapy is a revolutionary skin care treatment provided at Keller Plastic Surgery, led by board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory S. Keller and his dedicated team of specialists, and serving residents of Southern California in and around Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and Beverly Hills. Contact us today!