Platelets are probably the best-known part of the blood clotting system. When we are injured and bleed, platelets are activated to help form the clot that stops the flow of blood. But there’s more to platelets than clotting. Every platelet is a biochemical storehouse of molecules that contribute to tissue healing.
Importantly, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) used in aesthetic dermatology procedures is a natural, safe product. Preparation requires taking a small amount of a patient’s own blood, which is spun in a centrifuge. A small amount of fluid containing concentrated platelets and growth factors is removed. Nothing else is added, so there’s no risk of allergy, reaction, or rejection. Therapy with PRP is a natural process that uses the body’s own healing factors.
The goal of PRP in skin rejuvenation is to improve skin tone and texture, tighten skin, and softening lines and pores. Following topical application or injection into specific areas of the skin, PRP acts as a matrix or a scaffold that promotes your own collagen to grow, regenerating naturally smooth skin.
When treating wrinkles, skin tone, and acne scars, there is minimal downtime.
Platelet-rich plasma can be combined with neuromodulators such as Botox® and with hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvéderm® and Restylane® to produce the best outcomes in aesthetic rejuvenation. It’s also used with laser treatments and microneedling, You can read more about using PRP layered on top of skin that has been treated microneedling to reduce wrinkles.
Even though it is safe and produces positive aesthetic results, many aesthetic medicine practitioners do not offer PRP as a treatment option. At Aesthetic Dermatology and Skin Cancer: Jeffrey H. Binstock, M.D., we are experienced in using PRP alone or with other procedures to achieve the best results for our patients.
For a consultation and more information, contact Aesthetic Dermatology and Skin Cancer: Jeffrey H. Binstock, M.D. Drs. Binstock, Layton, and Physician Assistant Cullinane will answer your questions. Call our San Francisco office at (415) 956-8686, or in Mill Valley call (415) 383-5475.