Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, has been called “liquid gold” for its all the benefits it has for the skin. PRP is obtained from a sample of your own blood, which is then separated out into red and white blood cells from the plasma. The plasma is the key ingredient here because it contains a high concentration of platelets, stem cells and growth factors. After filtering out the blood cells, you’ve got a yellowish liquid (delicious sounding) full of plasma and a higher than normal amount of platelets. Winning!
The PRP can be injected into the patient’s face or it can be used with micro needling. Micro needling with PRP is often called a ‘vampire facelift’ – we can thank ‘Kimmy K’ for making it even more popular since she posted a pic of herself with blood covering her face.
When it comes to the benefits of PRP, they seem to be endless or at least they claim:
- Tissue regeneration and rejuvenation
- Decrease of lines and wrinkles
- Skin reconditioning benefits
- Less decolletage lines
- Improved overall skin conditioning
- Improved skin texture
- Increase hair growth for a receding hairline
- Helps with sports injuries (i.e. knee injuries)
How many times does it need to be done to achieve overall effectiveness?
Your doc will typically suggest 3-6 times, usually a month apart. Each treatment session costs about $600-$1,000.
How long does it take to see the results?
It can take just one week to see improvements, but you will mostly see gradual changes continuing to show after three to 6 months. (sometimes if you buy the treatments in one package, they will give you a discount)
How long does it last?
The results last about 2 years. Obviously, that varies from person to person.