What is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma consists of two elements: plasma, or the liquid portion of blood, and platelets, a type of blood cell that plays an important role in healing throughout the body. Platelets are well-known for their clotting abilities, but they also contain growth factors that can trigger cell reproduction and stimulate tissue regeneration or healing in the treated area. Platelet-rich plasma is simply blood that contains more platelets than normal.
To create platelet-rich plasma, clinicians take a blood sample from the patient and place it into a device called a centrifuge that rapidly spins the sample, separating out the other components of the blood from the platelets and concentrating them within the plasma.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) harnesses the healing powers of your own body. Your blood contains healing compounds and growth factors that trigger cell growth and health, and regenerate tissue. For many years PRP has been utilized to speed the healing of sports injuries and a wide range of other medical applications. More recently, PRP has begun to make waves in the world of aesthetics, and at NuAura Aesthetic and Regenerative Medicine, we offer this groundbreaking treatment.
Strange as the name sounds, a PRP Facial (also known as Vampire Facial®) is one of the most exciting new developments in aesthetics. The treatment produces significant improvements in skin quality and appearance.
During a PRP Facial, microneedling is combined with the healing powers of PRP, or platelet rich plasma. The treatment works to smooth and firm your facial skin naturally – without the need for a facelift or other more invasive treatments.
How does the procedure works?
Once you arrive for your PRP Facial, a small sample of your blood will be drawn, similar to a standard blood test. The PRP is extracted from this small blood sample with a centrifuge. It takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes of processing in the centrifuge to create the concentration of PRP needed for the PRP Facial.
A small handheld device with a grouping of tiny needles is used for the microneedling treatment. The device will be passed over your skin, focusing on the areas that need improvement. The needles in the device make tiny channels in the skin, or micro-injuries, that serve to jumpstart the body’s natural healing process. Microneedling works to stimulate natural collagen and elastin production in your skin for a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
Once the microneedling treatment is complete, the PRP is applied to the treated areas. The substance is absorbed through the channels into the deeper layers of skin. The concentrated growth factors in PRP work to further encourage tissue regeneration.
Benefits of a PRP Facial
A PRP Facial is completely autologous, which means all the products come from your own body. The all-natural treatment has a very low risk of infection or complications as it utilizes your body’s own growth factors without the use of any other products or chemicals.
- Other benefits include:
- No incisions
- Quick recovery
- Minimal discomfort during treatment
- Highly customizable
- Short treatment time
- Few side effects
The procedure is a non-surgical alternative to a facelift for those who do not want to undergo a surgical procedure or more aggressive treatment and want to keep the facial skin supple and healthy in the most natural way. The procedure can also be repeated as needed so you can enjoy smoother, rejuvenated, healthy facial skin with a natural, minimally-invasive PRP Facial.
PRP Hair restoration
PRP Hair Restoration is the use of platelet rich plasma, or PRP, to stimulate hair growth.
PRP hair restoration treatments are effective for both men and women and even though it is not a substitute for hair transplant, the treatment is highly promising when it comes to treating hair thinning and early stages of baldness.
In this process of PRP hair restoration, a small amount of the patient’s blood is taken. After placing it in a centrifuge, the platelets and growth factors are separated out and drawn into a syringe. To promote hair growth, a concentrate of the best-healing proteins and cells is injected into the scalp around the hair follicle. The completion of PRP hair restoration treatment takes about one hour. This is a non-invasive procedure which is gentle and safe, and also effective. To reduce the pain, a nerve block along with a local numbing cream can be used.
Cost: Discuss during consultation, can depend on amount of PRP used.
***There are additional areas of PRP use and research that are ongoing. Ask during consultation about additional uses of PRP and its benefits for other parts of the body.