Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
What is PRP?
PRP is short for platelet-rich plasma. It is a therapeutic technique for skin rejuvenation that relies on healing properties found within your own blood cells.
How is the procedure done?
At Wholesome Aesthetics we usually introduce the platelet-rich plasma into the skin via microneedling on injection. The face is prepped and treated exactly the same as it is with a microneedling procedure, but with PRP a thin layer of plasma is spread onto the skin before the miniscule needles drive it in. For scars or particularly problematic areas it can be injected deeper into the tissue by Dr. Wheeler or one of her nurses.
How does it work?
In your blood are certain types of cells called platelets. Platelets perform many important functions and are best known for their role in the clotting process. Within platelets are found small granules of chemicals collectively known as growth factors. To prepare for the procedure we will draw out a small amount of blood which is then centrifuged and separated into two components: the red blood cells and the plasma. The plasma is the portion containing the platelets and growth factors and is the part that will be injected back into the skin. When this happens riggering the treated areas to go into the heal and repair mode. When this happens the skin will receive signals to lay down new tissue, collage, and elastin, helping to provide a more youthful, vibrant appearance.
How long does the procedure take?
It takes as long as a microneedling procedure. While your skin is numbing and getting prepped, we will draw your blood and spin it down, and it will be ready by the time you are.
What areas are most commonly treated with PRP?
In our clinic PRP is mostly used to treat the skin, but worldwide it has gained widespread popularity in treating other parts of the body, including joints, tendons, muscles, and nerves.
How many treatments does it take to see results?
We recommend doing at least three treatments, spaced a month apart, for best results.
How long do results last?
This is different for everybody. Results are based on many factors, including your age, internal health, lifestyle, nutrition, and genetics. After you produce new tissue, collagen, and elastin it will wear down at the same rate as the rest of your skin.
What is the recovery time?
The recovery time is the same as that of microneedling.
What special precautions need to be taken after the procedure?
The same precautions as microneedling. We recommend giving your face a rest from makeup or additional lotions/creams for the rest of the day and then going back to your normal routine in the morning.