PRP for Skin Rejuvenation
The use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has expanded from healing athletic injuries and relieving arthritis pain to improving the appearance and texture of the skin. People who would like their skin to look and feel younger come to Kaiser Permanente for skin rejuvenation with PRP from San Francisco.
What Is PRP?
PRP is a component of the blood that stimulates the repair and regeneration of tissues. When introduced into the skin with other treatments such as microneedling, PRP increases collagen production and speeds up the healing process. PRP can also be used to slow or reverse hair loss when injected into the scalp.
How Can PRP Rejuvenate My Skin?
Microneedling and laser treatments like Fraxel® and Clear + Brilliant® create tiny microchannels in the skin, causing it to repair itself and produce new collagen. When PRP is applied to the treated skin, it is easily absorbed and takes the treatment benefits deeper. PRP not only improves treatment results, but it also accelerates the healing process.
What Are PRP Treatments Like for Skin Rejuvenation?
First, the skin is cleansed and numbing cream is applied. Next, a small amount of blood is drawn from your arm using a fine needle. The PRP is separated from the other components of the blood using a centrifuge. After the skin is numbed and cleansed again, the skin rejuvenation treatment is performed. PRP is incorporated as follows:
- With microneedling, PRP is applied while the treatment is being performed to carry the PRP deeper into the skin via the tiny needles.
- With lasers and peels, PRP is applied to the treated skin immediately after the treatment when the skin is at its most absorbent.
For additional information, refer to the page about your skin procedure of interest.
Am I a Candidate for Skin Rejuvenation With PRP?
This treatment can benefit healthy adults of all ages who want to have firmer, smoother, more radiant skin.
What Can I Expect Before and After Treatment?
For 5 to 7 days before your treatment, discontinue the use of products that can increase the sensitivity of your skin such as retinoids, vitamin A, salicylic acids, hydroquinone, and benzoyl peroxide. Follow any other instructions recommended for your specific skin treatment.
Recovery details depend on the specific treatment you choose and how aggressively it is performed. For the first 24 hours, stay out of hot tubs, saunas, and steam baths, and avoid any type of exercise that causes sweating. After your treatment, it’s important to stay out of the sun for about 2 weeks. After 24 hours, be sure to apply a full spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 before going outdoors.
I’m Interested! What’s My Next Step?
Our San Francisco aesthetic professionals look forward to working with you. Request your consultation to learn more about PRP for skin rejuvenation and other skin care options.