PRP Facial Rejuvenation
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a common natural ingredient for anti-aging skin therapy. Also known as collagen induction therapy, these are treatments that combine microneedling with PRP plasma drawn from your own body to rejuvenate the facial skin and tissue. The platelet-rich plasma is easily absorbed into the body, promoting healing, rapid cell turnover and the production of natural proteins important for smoothing out wrinkles.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Harrington understands that everyone’s facial rejuvenation needs are different. That’s why she offers numerous options such as SkinPen® PRP rejuvenation, as well as a full range of other surgical and nonsurgical treatments to meet the needs of every individual.
Harrington Plastic Surgery has helped women and men from throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul area achieve their brightest, healthiest look with PRP anti-aging treatments.
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Almost anyone can be a great candidate for microneedling with PRP. Some of the most common reasons to consider PRP treatments include:
- Dull or uneven facial complexion
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Lose or thinning facial skin
- Acne scars
Your PRP Facial Rejuvenation Treatment
Our medical practice offers microneedling treatments using platelet-rich plasma to induce cell turnover, healing and natural protein production. This nonsurgical rejuvenating treatment uses platelets from the patient’s own blood, or collagen induction therapy owing to its reputation for stimulating collagen production.
PRP treatments include microneedling using the SkinPen® device and can deliver more comprehensive results than are typically seen through skin resurfacing alone. After drawing a sample of your blood, our certified plastic surgery nurse or certified physician assistant will use a centrifuge to separate the plasma. The plasma is then used as a topical treatment during the microneedling process or it can be strategically injected into the target areas.
Depending on your unique complexion concerns, a range of needle depths may be used during your treatment. The longer the needle, the deeper the penetration into the skin’s surface, so longer needles may be used for deep scars or particularly damaged areas. Because microneedling creates tiny, micro-injuries in the skin, the PRP is able to penetrate the skin’s surface with ease, activating the stem cells in the skin and tissue.
After, any remaining PRP may be injected into prominent scars, wrinkles and other areas using a fine needle. This process stimulates healing from within, promoting increased blood flow to the face and activating the skin’s stem cells.
Most people see the best results after a series of 3 to 6 microneedling and PRP treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. Some combine the effects of deep rejuvenating treatments like PRP facials with dermal fillers for a nonsurgical facelift alternative.
PRP Facial Rejuvenation Downtime
PRP facial rejuvenation treatments are nonsurgical and therefore are considered “lunchtime rejuvenation” procedures that require little to no downtime. Your provider will inform you of what you can expect after treatment based on the approach you choose, but in general, you can expect some swelling and redness for at least the first day. After getting microneedling with PRP or collagen induction therapy, your provider may ask you to leave the remaining PRP on the surface of your skin for several hours, making these treatments ideal when you have nothing planned for the rest of the day.
You may resume wearing makeup the day after your PRP treatment. Any remaining pinkness can be concealed with makeup and you may return to your normal routine. Dr. Harrington may ask you to use a special skincare regimen for the days following your treatment. You should notice your skin appearing firmer, more youthful and more vibrant within the first week. Because PRP stimulates your skin’s growth factors, you may continue to see improvements for several months after treatment.
Complications resulting from PRP facial rejuvenation treatments are uncommon, but it’s still important to discuss any concerns with your provider prior to treatment. If you notice any persistent bruising or a sharp increase in swelling, notify our office immediately.
Facial rejuvenation with platelet-rich plasma can bring a healthy, youthful glow back into your skin. If you have questions or would like more information about PRP facial rejuvenation, including pricing, please contact us online or call our Plymouth office at 651-290-7600 to schedule your facial rejuvenation consultation and learn more about how to reveal your natural beauty.
Platelet Rich Plasma FAQs
What is PRP?
Plasma makes up about 55 percent of your total blood volume and plays a central role in protecting and healing the body, and keeping electrolytes in balance. In addition to red and white blood cells, your blood also contains platelets, which are rich in growth factors that promote the healing of old or damaged tissue. In a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection, your own blood is drawn from your arm, after which the PRP is separated from the rest of your blood using a centrifuge. What’s left is a high concentration of your own growth and healing factors, which can then be injected or massaged into specific areas of the face or body, promoting a potent healing process that can rejuvenate the skin and tissue.
Is it safe to use blood products?
Because your own blood is used for your PRP treatment, there is no transfusion risk. People with all blood types can be eligible candidates for a PRP treatment.
What treatment options do I have for using PRP?
If you’re interested in PRP rejuvenation, you have a couple of different options. The most popular PRP treatment is a PRP facial, sometimes known as a “vampire” facial. This treatment uses microneedling with the SkinPen® device to prepare the skin to receive the nutrients in the PRP. After numbing your face and completing the microneedling process, the PRP is used as a topical serum to penetrate the dermis and stimulate a healing response.
PRP is also used in the O Spot Shot, a feminine rejuvenation treatment that can increase vaginal sensitivity and improve sexual arousal.* During this treatment, the PRP is injected via syringe into specific areas of the vagina or vulva, such as the G spot or clitoris.
How should I prepare for a PRP treatment?
Because PRP uses your own blood to rejuvenate the treated area, you should prepare by making sure to avoid any medication or substance that might affect the density of your blood. Refrain from taking anti-inflammatory medications for at least 1 week before your appointment, including prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen. You should also avoid alcohol and smoking for at least 1 week prior to your PRP treatment. People taking blood thinners should not have a PRP treatment.
How long does a PRP treatment take?
The exact length of your PRP procedure depends on which treatment you are having and the area being treated. For the most part, PRP treatments are relatively quick. A PRP facial may take up to 1 hour, while a feminine rejuvenation treatment with PRP may only take 30 minutes.
Is there downtime after a PRP treatment?
Because treatments using PRP are nonsurgical, there is usually very little downtime involved.* However, a PRP facial typically leaves the face slightly red and puffy for a couple of days. The O Spot Shot treatment requires no downtime and you can return to your normal routine immediately after your appointment.
Can I get more than one PRP treatment?
As with most skin rejuvenation treatments, PRP treatments can be repeated to build upon your initial results. Many people like to have a series of 2 to 3 PRP facials spaced about 1 month apart. Women who have PRP vaginal rejuvenation often benefit from 1 to 2 treatments as needed. Dr. Harrington will help you decide on the best treatment plan for your needs.