PRP Therapy Explained
Moy, Fincher, Chipps Facial Plastics & Dermatology is one of the leading cosmetic dermatology and facial plastic surgery practices in Southern California. The renowned physicians are in complete agreement as to the benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP Therapy) for the treatment of skin rejuvenation and hair restoration. PRP Therapy has created a new biologically natural tool to combat the signs of aging. Using a patients’ own biological healing powers to revitalize the look of your skin or hair is truly remarkable. PRP Therapy speaks to the bright future of medicine and natural beauty enhancement. In this educational article MFC explains the fundamentals of what PRP Therapy entails and how it works.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Your blood is primarily made up of plasma. Plasma is the liquid that contains red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Platelets are best known for their blood clotting ability, but platelets are a natural reservoir of hundreds of biologically active proteins called growth factors. These growth factors play a key role in healing and tissue repair. When there is an injury or inflammation, platelets flood the area to stop bleeding, and heal damaged tissues.
PRP is a solution made by concentrating platelets, and growth factors to increase potency more than 10x greater than normal. PRP harnesses the power of your body’s natural healing abilities to promote healing, and regenerate tissues that help reduce the signs of aging. PRP Therapy is ideal for treating:
- Fine Lines
- Acne Scars
- Sun Spots
- Dark Under-eye Circles
- Hair Restoration
How is PRP made?
PRP is prepared in a laboratory using state-of-the-art equipment. A small amount of the patient’s blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from other blood cells. This process extracts the potent growth factors and increases platelet concentrations. The concentrated platelets and growth factors are then combined with the remaining blood, which is injected at the site of patient’s treatment area.
Is PRP therapy safe?
PRP therapy is very safe. PRP is made from your own blood and injected into the site of your desired treatment area, there is no risk of adverse reaction, or disease transmission. The inherent safety and natural healing powers of PRP Therapy make it an ideal minimally invasive treatment option.
How does PRP work?
PRP injections soak injured or aging cells in the concentrated plasma and the numerous growth factors to enhance one or more phases of soft tissue healing. PRP also enhances proliferation of stem cells and fibroblasts. Fibroblast are cells in connective tissue which produces collagen and other fibers. Platelets naturally accumulate and adhere to the site of an injury, where they release chemicals that regulate the mechanisms of healing including blood vessel development, cellular migration and proliferation.
Additionally, studies report that the platelets in PRP produce signaling proteins that have antimicrobial activity, meaning they mobilize the immune system to prevent infection, which can also improve healing. Studies also report that bioactive molecules and growth factors reduce pain.
Studies show that the increased concentration of growth factors catalyze the body’s repair mechanisms and lead to rejuvenation.
Learn more about PRP Therapy
MFC’s cosmetic dermatologists and facial plastic surgeons are trained in the procedures and preparation of PRP. Moy, Fincher, Chipps Facial Plastics & Dermatology has locations in Beverly Hills, Encino, and Torrance, CA for convenient, high-quality specialized cosmetic dermatology care. Schedule a consultation today to learn if PRP Therapy is right for you.