Dr. Terry Perkins is now offering a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment at his Cosmetic Surgery Center practice in Santa Barbara. This treatment has also been referred to as a “vampire” treatment because it involves the use of blood (your own!) to create a more youthful appearance.
About the PRP Treatment:
Platelets found in your blood are often associated with helping blood to clot. While this is true, platelets also play an important role in helping wounds to heal by releasing multiple growth factors into the area. This attracts stem cells and other “clean-up” cells to the wound which stimulates collagen production to make the wound stronger (and give it the ability to heal). With this knowledge about platelets, we also know that their ability to stimulate collagen and strengthen the area(s) that they are present in can help improve aesthetic outcomes. In fact, PRP treatment has been used for a long time to treat orthopedic injuries. It speeds up healing and helps to regenerate some new cartilage.
How is the PRP Treatment Done?
A small amount of your blood is drawn and the platelets are separated from other matter in your blood using a centrifuge specially designed by a Harvard hematologist to concentrate the platelet fraction of the blood up to 8 times the normal level. This creates a “Platelet Rich Plasma” (PRP) that is re-injected into your face, neck, hands, arms, etc. There is no risk of allergy, reaction or rejection because nothing is added to the blood. The injections are done after a topical numbing cream is used to make the PRP treatment more comfortable.
What are the benefits of a PRP Treatment?
At the sites where the PRP is re-injected, a natural rejuvenation occurs from the stimulated collagen production and increased blood flow. Skin elasticity, texture, and color improves over time as the Platelet Rich Plasma helps to normalize aged and damaged tissue. Maximum results are usually seen after several weeks. Results can last up to 12 months. Two or three treatments are recommended for a good result and treatment can be repeated periodically for more longevity.
Who should get a PRP Treatment?
This treatment is good for people with sun damaged, thin, or crepey skin. It can be used alone or to boost results of other treatments such as fractional resurfacing, chemical peeling, FotoFacials, etc.