Platelet rich plasma is the specific portion of the blood that contains platelets, growth hormones, protein modulators, and molecular signals that trigger specific occurrences in the tissues to which they are applied. PRP is well known in orthopedics where these modulators are used to heal joints and cartilage, often injected in the care of the elite athletes at the professional level. In aesthetics, we use the contents of PRP to enhance and rejuvenate the deepest, vibrant layers of the skin where receptors react to PRP with the production of collagen and elastin as well as other growth proteins. PRP can aid in creating a more plump, glowing complexion, tightening and rejuvenating skin tone and improving both fine lines and wrinkles.

How is PRP made?

PRP is created from a patients own blood. A relatively small amount of blood (20-30ml or about a fifth of what you would donate if you were giving blood) is drawn by the nurse in a nearly painless manner. Once drawn, the blood is treated with a series of centrifuge sessions where it is spun at a very high speed to separate the heavier blood cells from the plasma containing the majority of protein modulators. This Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is then drawn off from the other separated components to be used in the aesthetic treatment of choice.

How is PRP used?

PRP is used by different physicians in different ways. As stated above, orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine specialists commonly use PRP to help heal injured joints in elite athletes. Plastic surgeons such as Dr. Lowenstein and our nursing specialists utilize PRP in conjunction with one or several of our aesthetic treatments such as surgery, Vivace RF Microneedling, or Clear+Brilliant laser treatments, or the creation of bio-individualized skin care that is tailored to the specific patient. You can learn more about each of these treatments by clicking on each link, or by asking Dr. Lowenstein or your nurse specialist for more information about adding PRP to optimize your specific care.

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