At Tarola Plastic Surgery in Murfreesboro, TN, we believe in the body’s power to heal and repair itself, and one way that we help initiate this natural, regenerative process is through our PRP treatments. We can use each patient’s PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, to enhance the results of some of the most popular professional skincare treatments, accelerate healing, and promote youthful, rejuvenated skin.
What Are PRP Treatments?
This substance, also known as platelet-rich plasma, is found in human blood and is responsible for accelerating the healing process with its growth factors and regenerative properties. These treatments utilize these growth factors through topical application or injections to encourage cellular repair, renewal, and regeneration.
Adding this plasma to what is already an effective professional skincare treatment can take the results to the next level, encourage cellular turnover, and promote collagen and elastin production.
What Are the Treatment Benefits?
There are many benefits to undergoing regular PRP treatments. One of the primary benefits is that since the growth factors come from your blood, you won’t have to worry about any kind of allergic or adverse reaction after your treatment. The process is natural, the results are gradual, and topical or injectable growth factors can significantly enhance the results of standard professional skincare treatments. Other benefits include the following:
- Treatment plans are customizable
- Results appear gradually
- The treatment process is quick and minimally invasive
- Results are long-lasting
SkinPen® Microneedling is a professional treatment that creates controlled injuries on the surface of the skin to promote increased collagen and elastin production. This treatment is designed to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, sun damage, textural irregularities, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation, and more. During treatment, the device creates tiny microchannels in the skin, temporally increasing the skin’s absorption rate.
We can add this healing boost to a SkinPen® microneedling treatment so that the growth factors in the platelet-rich plasma can absorb into the deeper layers, promote healing, and enhance the results. As the skin absorbs the topical growth factors, these growth factors can contribute to the treatment results by shrinking the pores, smoothing textural irregularities, creating a more even skin tone, and promoting younger-looking skin.
RF microneedling is a next-level microneedling treatment that combines needling techniques with radiofrequency energy to stimulate natural collagen production in the dermal, foundational layers of the skin. As the device creates micro-injuries, the needles simultaneously deliver radiofrequency heat energy to the skin, causing a contraction of the existing collagen and remodeling the area to address the most common skin concerns.
RF microneedling can treat hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, rough patches, sun-damaged skin, acne scars, loose skin, large pores, and jowls and increase skin volume to fill hollow areas. Adding platelet-rich plasma to the treatment can maximize the results, reduce inflammation, accelerate healing, and promote younger-looking skin.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections
Not only can we add topical growth factors to the skin during professional skincare treatments, but we also can administer PRP injections. These injections are like natural dermal fillers, and they work alongside professional skincare treatments to accelerate healing, encourage cellular regeneration, and increase natural collagen production.
They can also reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles beneath the eyes, fill hollow areas, and revitalize the skin. We can customize a treatment plan with PRP injections to address your specific area of concern.
PRP as an Add-On
We can add topical and injectable platelet-rich plasma to several of our skincare treatments as add-on options. When you come into our office for an initial consultation, we can discuss your ultimate treatment goals, determine which of our treatments will help you reach those goals, and then let you know whether we can add this to your treatment to maximize your results.
How Does the Treatment Work?
All of our PRP treatments begin the same way. We will perform a standard blood draw to obtain a sample of your blood. Then, we will place that sample in a specialized device to prepare it for topical application or prepare it in an injectable form. This device is called a centrifuge and spins the blood sample for several minutes, using gravitational forces to separate the growth factors from the rest of the blood.
Once isolated, the growth factors appear golden in color, contrary to what you would think, and we then prepare them for the treatment process. We apply them topically during microneedling and RF microneedling treatments but can also administer them with a small, thin needle to various areas of the face to promote anti-aging results.
How Often Can I Undergo Treatments?
You can add PRP to the different professional skincare treatments whenever you come in for your appointment. Topical and injectable platelet-rich plasma can significantly enhance the treatment outcome and prolong the treatment results.
We can give you more details about how often you should schedule your treatments for optimal results. SkinPen® microneedling and RF microneedling treatments are typically scheduled as a series of three or more treatments with at least a month between each. Then, maintenance treatments are scheduled to maintain the results long-term.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Most patients are good candidates for PRP treatments. The platelet-rich plasma we use during treatment will come directly from your blood. You won’t have to worry about any allergic reaction because you can’t be allergic to your own blood.
However, we will conduct a pre-treatment consultation to determine your eligibility before moving forward with any of our professional skincare treatments. We will ask you some questions about your medical history and learn more about your skincare goals to design the right treatment plan for you.
Learn More About the Power of Platelet-Rich Plasma
Many anti-aging topical products contain nutrient-rich ingredients, but none are as effective or as powerful as the growth factors in your blood. If you want to capitalize on your body’s natural ability to heal and repair your skin and treat some of the most stubborn skin conditions, we can design the right professional skincare treatment plan using your platelet-rich plasma to rejuvenate, repair, and revitalize your skin.