What is PRP?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. Human blood has many components, including red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Platelet-rich plasma is the element of the blood that stimulates wound healing. The degradation of collagen, elastin, cell turnover and thickness due to aging is effectively similar to very tiny wounds throughout the skin, and therefore PRP can be used to help mitigate those issues.
How is PRP obtained?
To create PRP, blood is drawn from the patient very much like it would be for a blood test. The practitioner takes that blood from you in a closed, sterile tube and uses a centrifuge to spin that blood at high speed. That centrifuge separates the components of the blood into layers, and then the practitioner siphons off the PRP to use for the procedure.
What can PRP be used for?
Janiga MDs uses platelet-rich plasma in several procedures: for skin rejuvenation by applying it to the skin; for hair restoration by injecting it into the thinning hair follicles; as a dermal filler by injecting it into the wrinkles and folds of the face; and as a rejuvenating extension for fat grafting by mixing it with your body’s own fat and injecting that under your skin. PRP has many uses in plastic surgery and dermatology, and Janiga MDs is at the forefront of this technology.
How is PRP used with microneedling?
At Janiga MDs, you can combine PRP with many procedures, but the vampire facelift is especially popular. With a vampire facelift, we will apply a topical numbing medication for a few minutes. Once you are sufficiently numb, we remove the medicine and clean the skin with an aseptic solution to remove any bacteria. Then a microneedling device called the Dermapen® is used to make small microneedle channels in the skin. Once that is done, the blood is drawn, spun, then extracted and placed over those small microchannels that have been created by the Dermapen®. The small microchannels allow PRP to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and effect change by promoting cell replication, collagen stimulation, vessel growth, and an overall rejuvenation of the skin.
Uses & results with PRP
PRP can also be used independently as a hair follicle stimulator or wrinkle corrector. In these cases, the same procedure is performed with the blood draw and the extraction of the PRP, but it is injected into into the affected areas. For hair, this is usually the scalp, and for wrinkle reduction, directly into the folds or fine lines.
For volume restoration, PRP can be a great addition to fat grafting. The same process is performed, but PRP is mixed with your body’s own fat. When the fat is transferred, the PRP helps grow new blood vessels and stimulate other growth factors. Combining fat with PRP will allow the fat to transfer better, rejuvenate the skin, and give you an overall improvement in the volume and texture of the skin.
Schedule a consultation
If you are interested in PRP for hair or skin rejuvenation or as a filler, please schedule a consultation with Darci Page, NP or Dr. Jennifer Janiga at our Reno, Nevada office.