Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
The latest technology in anti-aging rejuvenation is using one’s own blood product, plasma, which is rich in platelets, to stimulate collagen. Platelets contain bioactive proteins that replace, repair and regenerate tissue. These proteins release growth factors, which transmit Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) to initiate collagen stimulation and growth.
By drawing a small amount of the client’s blood, typically up to 60cc, enough platelets can be harvested to treat an entire area. Blood is made up of red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets. To extract the platelet rich plasma the blood specimen is placed in a divided plastic container, then positioned in a centrifuge that spins the product, the end result being two products: the concentrated plasma/platelets and the red/white blood cells.
The plasma/platelet product is then injected into the compromised area and activated. During activation the platelets release the bioactive proteins, which begin collagen repair.
When PRP is injected into the compromised area it causes a mild inflammation that signals healing. As the platelets organize they release enzymes to promote tissue responses that attract stem cells to repair the damaged area. The result is new collagen.
Collagen repair takes place in three phases: inflammation, proliferation, and remodeling.
Inflammation, phase 1, begins at the time of activation and can last up to three days. This phase is when the growth factors are released.
Proliferation, phase 2, is the surge of fibroblasts sent to the injury site that promote healing and production of new collagen. Proliferation can last several weeks.
Remodeling, final phase of healing, is the maturing and strengthening of the new collagen. This phase can take up to one year to complete.
The benefits to Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy are: No synthetic product – the product is your body’s own tissue; no possibility of rejection, minimizing risk; Natural results - Improved skin texture; diminished lines and wrinkles; increased volume due to improved collagen and elastin; decreases dermal scarring; Crepe skin around the eye, neck and décolletage is tightened; Minimal down time and short recovery period; No sedation required, only slight discomfort during treatment; Convenient - Done on-site by Dr. Armstrong and may be performed at initial consultation, if time permits
Side effects may include: Pain and/or itching at the injection site; Bleeding, bruising, and/or infection; Temporary redness of the skin; Nausea/ vomiting, dizziness and/or fainting; Injury to nerve and/or muscle (as with any injection); Minimal effect from the treatment
PRP for cosmetic purposes is safe for most individuals between the ages of 25-80, however those with the following conditions are not considered candidates for PRP:
- · Acute and chronic infections
- · Fever
- · Skin diseases
- · Cancer and chemotherapy
- · Severe metabolic and systemic disorders
- · Blood disorders
- · Chronic liver disorder
- · Anti-coagulation therapy
- · Maintenance use of corticosteroids within two weeks of procedure
- · Underlying sepsis
Dr.Armstrong is one of few medical professionals trained and certified to perform the Stem Cell FaceLift in the Tulsa area.
Contact us today to schedule a treatment or consultation.