Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, has been used for medical purposes for several decades. PRP is well known in orthopedics where the protein modulators and growth hormones are used to heal joints and cartilage. PRP therapy is often used in the care of elite athletes at the professional level.

Platelet-rich plasma is the portion of the blood that contains platelets, growth hormones, protein modulators and molecular signals that trigger specific occurrences in the body. These nutrients and benefits provided by PRP boost tissue regeneration and speed up healing in the areas to which they are applied.

In aesthetics, PRP is used to enhance and rejuvenate the deepest layers of the skin where receptors react to PRP by boosting the production of collagen, elastin and other growth proteins for exceptional healing benefits. When used in certain treatments such as microneedling, PRP helps to create a more plump, glowing complexion, tighten and rejuvenate the skin and improve fine lines and wrinkles.

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How is PRP made?

PRP is created from the patient’s own blood. A relatively small amount of blood is drawn (only 20 to 30 milliliters, or about a fifth of what you would donate if you were giving blood) 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 and growth hormones. This platelet-rich plasma 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 many different ways. Orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine specialists commonly use PRP to help heal injured joints in elite athletes. PRP injections are also used to treat conditions where the healing process is slow, such as with muscle, tendon and bone injuries.

At Montecito Plastic Surgery, Dr. Lowenstein and his nursing specialists utilize PRP in conjunction with one or several of our aesthetic treatments such as surgery, Vivace RF Microneedling, Clear + Brilliant laser treatments or the creation of bio-individualized skincare that is tailored to the specific patient.

If you’re interested in PRP therapy, Dr. Lowenstein and his staff will be glad to give you a full consultation and explain all of the benefits of PRP at Montecito Plastic Surgery in Santa Barbara.

What are the advantages of microneedling treatment with PRP in Santa Barbara?

At Montecito Plastic Surgery, we offer Vivace RF Microneedling with PRP. During a Vivace Microneedling treatment, your own PRP is applied to your face before the procedure to allow the growth factors and proteins to penetrate deep within the skin through the micro-wound channels that are created. In doing so, the PRP can reach deep enough within the dermis and beyond the dead outer layers to boost collagen and elastin production.

While you can get a microneedling treatment without PRP, the addition of PRP to your Vivace RF micro-needling will enhance the rejuvenation of the skin even faster by applying your own body’s growth factors to the tissue that needs it, creating a more healthy skin structure, faster recovery and overall better results.

SoME Skincare: Skincare Unique to You

At Montecito Plastic Surgery we are pleased to offer SoME™ skincare. SoME is a rejuvenating topical skincare serum that uses a proprietary blend of ingredients combined with your own Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to give you a truly personalized skincare experience even after you leave the office.

Your SoME skincare serum will be formulated in-office with your own PRP. SoME can be used for up to three months following the serum’s creation and can be used twice a day on the face and neck.

Your customized SoME + PRP serum can target the following skin concerns:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Dry, irritated skin
  • Skin discoloration and uneven skin tone
  • Puffiness and darkness around the eyes
  • Uneven skin texture
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What are the benefits of PRP therapy in Santa Barbara?

The proteins and growth factors present in PRP have several benefits and boost healing in the areas in which they are injected. Some of the benefits of PRP for the face and skin are:

  • Increase collagen production for skin that’s healthy and rejuvenated
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Tighten and firm loose and saggy skin
  • Improve moisture retention for softer, more plump skin
  • Even out skin tone and texture

Does a treatment with PRP take longer?

Adding PRP to your treatment does not significantly increase the amount of time it takes for your treatment at Montecito Plastic Surgery. In fact, for procedures such as microneedling where a numbing cream is applied, your blood can be drawn and the PRP can be spun while you wait for the numbing cream to set in.

Does PRP hurt?

Aside from the prick of your blood being drawn, PRP with microneedling does not feel any different than when done without the use of PRP.

What are the side effects of PRP?

Since PRP uses your own blood there are relatively no side effects or risks. The only potential side effects to PRP aren’t in the plasma itself, but the possibility of temporary injection site reactions and infection, which are rare.

At Montecito Plastic Surgery, Dr. Lowenstein and his aesthetic staff use PRP therapy regularly to enhance their microneedling treatments in Santa Barbara, so you can rest assured that you are in experienced hands and will see long-lasting results and skin you will love.

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