Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an exciting new treatment which utilizes your own blood to help treat deep acne scars on your skin regardless of how old you may be. Recently this treatment has garnered a lot of media attention due to celebrities sharing their successes. It has been coined the “Vampire Facial” simply because the procedure involves injecting a fraction of your own blood into the face. This treatment is showing exciting results for patients who have suffered from acne scars and are looking for a natural effective treatment.
What is PRP
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is essentially concentrated blood plasma that contains 3-5 times the number of platelets found in normal blood circulation. Platelets are known to contain several growth factors such as platelet derived growth factor (PDGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), transforming growth factor (TGF) and several other biologically active proteins and cytokines that normally aid our bodies by healing wounds.
PRP facial procedures utilize those healing properties to stimulate collagen and elastin growth, which thicken and rejuvenate the skin. Collagen and elastin are essential proteins for healthy skin, as well as other fibrous tissues such as tendons and ligaments. Collagen acts a 'glue' and helps form connective tissues, while elastin helps skin return to it's original shape after being pulled or pinched.
How PRP for Acne Scars Works
After drawing the patients’ blood it is then spun in a special centrifuge specifically designed to separate the platelets. Once the platelets are seperated, they are then prepared and injected into the desired area.
Compared to other facial prcedures PRP injections are much less invasive, which helps to decrease wrinkles throughout the face as well as improve overall skin health.
The Benefits of PRP treatment
Due to increase of collagen and elastin in the skin the scars are lifted from underneath creating a smoother appearance which decreases the pitting left from the scars. This process is entirely natural and uses no synthetic fillers or toxins - that means the patient has no chance of having an allergic reaction to the injections or fillers. The only side effects that can occur are very mild such as local bruising and soreness at the injection sites, minor swelling and possible skin irritation.
How Many Treatments Will I Need
Depending on the severity of the scarring as well as the age and level of a patient's health, treatments can range from 2 up to 4 treatments every 6 weeks.
For more information on PRP injections and to see if they're right for you, please visit our dedicated page on them here, or call (902) 820-3443.