Platelets are a main component of blood, just like red blood cells and white blood cells. Their main function is to help with clotting. The cells also have the ability to release growth factors which promote healing. In aesthetic medicine, the properties of platelets contribute to the rejuvenation of the face. They can also be used to stimulate hair growth and help repair skin damage such as stretch marks and scarring.

Platelet-Rich Plasma is a high concentration of platelets enveloped in plasma. Skin treatments involving PRP require the extraction of a blood sample similar to a standard laboratory test. A centrifuge separates platelets from the blood, which are then applied to the treatment area.

When combined with micro-needling, PRP helps maximize results for a more complete facial rejuvenation treatment. PRP also helps in accelerating the post-treatment healing process.

Benefits of PRP

  • Reduction of wrinkles
  • Improvement of acne
  • Reduction of scar tissue
  • Improved complexion
  • Stimulation of hair growth
  • Reduction of stretch marks

Advantages of PRP treatment

  • Improved recovery time
  • Low blood volume required
  • Effective treatment can be completed in 30-60 minutes
  • Extremely low risk of allergic reaction because the blood used is the patient’s own

Pre-treatment preparation

Two weeks prior to treatment

  • Avoid Laser/IPL treatments
  • Do your best to avoid sun exposure without applying a good sunscreen

One week prior to treatment

  • Avoid anti-inflammatory medication such as Advil, Motrin, Naproxen, etc.). These medications increase the risk of bruising. If you take anti-inflammatory or anticoagulants, or antiplatelet medications such as Aspirin, Plavix, Coumadin, Xarelto, Eliquis, etc. for medical reasons, please continue, but inform Dr. Hould.
  • Avoid the following supplements: St. John’s Wort, Gingko biloba, evening primrose oil, garlic supplement, ginseng, and Vitamin E. These supplements increase the risk of bruising post-treatment.
  • Avoid applying products that heighten skin sensitivity such as retinoids, exfoliants, or topical antibiotics.
  • Avoid waxing, depilatory creams or electrolysis on the areas to be treated.

24 Hours prior to treatment

  • If you suffer from cold sores, please take anti-viral medication.
  • Please hydrate well, and arrive for your appointment without makeup.

Day of treatment

  • Do not apply water on your skin for at least four hours after your session.
  • Do not wash the area that was treated (face, neck, abdomen, etc.).
  • Wash your hands well before touching the treated area.
  • Avoid make-up.
  • Change your pillowcase.

What to expect during your PRP session?

  • We will clean the extraction site and collect a small amount of blood from your arm. This step is similar to a standard blood test extraction.
  • The blood sample is then separated in a centrifuge, producing the PRP serum devoid of other blood cells.
  • We will cleanse and apply a mild anesthetic to the treatment area.
  • Using a sterile cartridge of 14 tiny needles in the Micropen EVO, we gently press the device against the skin, moving it slowly to cover the entire treatment area. Some patients may experience mild discomfort, but normally, the treatment is painless.
  • The number of treatments required for best results varies with each patient’s skin, but we normally recommend a course of 3-4 treatments, scheduled 4-6 weeks apart for best results.
  • The number of treatments required for best results varies with each patient’s skin, but we normally recommend a course of 3-4 treatments, scheduled 4-6 weeks apart for best results.

Post-treatment recommendations

Day of Treatment

  • Do not apply water or ice to your face for a period of at least 4 hours after treatment
  • Do not wash or touch your face if possible, and if necessary, wash your hands first
  • Do not apply make-up
  • Change your pillow sham

Three-day period after treatment

  • Keep your skin well-hydrated by applying a suitable moisturizer. Hyaluronic acid serums are a great choice.
  • Do not apply skin products containing retinol, vitamin C, alpha-hydroxy acid, beta-hydroxy acid, or other topical treatments containing active ingredients.
  • Avoid creams with arnica or bromelain as they interfere with the inflammatory process necessary for skin rejuvenation.
  • Avoid saunas, spas, or swimming, as well as strenuous physical activity that causes heavy perspiration.

One-week after treatment

  • Avoid direct sun exposure for one week after treatment and apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every day for two weeks.
  • Avoid anti-inflammatory drugs (Advil, Motrin, Naproxen,etc.) as they increase the risk of bruising.