Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has been used since the 1970s to treat hematologic, musculoskeletal, and more recently, skin conditions. Platelets are blood cells that play a critical role in the body’s natural healing ability, stimulating tissue repair and regeneration. PRP is cell-based therapy in which the platelets are enriched in concentrated plasma containing numerous growth factors that contribute to hair regeneration, skin rejuvenation, and wound healing. The growth factors contained within the platelets act on stem cells in the hair follicles and stimulate the development of new follicles along with increased blood supply. Typically, three to four treatments are performed every 4-6 weeks to show optimal results.
Microneedling can be combined with PRP for enhanced results- the so-called “Vampire” facial. Microneedling is an in-office, non-laser treatment offered at Deluxe Dermatology that works below the skin’s surface. The procedure begins with numbing the skin with topical anesthetic to reduce any discomfort from the needles. Next, we pass a small microneedling pen designed with a head of tiny needles over the skin. This pen moves the needles up and down very quickly as it ‘stamps’ the skin with the small needles to create small wounds. The skin responds immediately with its natural healing response and this triggers collagen production. The skin becomes noticeably smoother and radiant as it continues to heal and regenerate.