WASHINGTON, April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The secret to younger-looking skin may already be in your blood—specifically in tiny cells called "platelets," say the board certified plastic surgeons and skin care professionals at Center for Plastic Surgery. The practice recently added platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy to its menu of anti-aging treatments in Washington DC.
What is platelet rich plasma?
Following injury, platelets flood to damaged tissues and release proteins and other substances called "growth factors," which prompt cell regeneration and collagen production to help tissue heal. By extracting platelets and plasma from a patient's blood sample, a physician can prepare a solution with up to 10 times the normal concentration of growth factors. This "platelet rich plasma," or PRP, can then be applied to a specific area to facilitate healing. PRP has been used for many years to treat joint injuries and support healing after surgery or trauma, but has only recently gained popularity as a cosmetic treatment.
CPS plastic surgeon Dr. Wesley Price comments: "The same properties of PRP that make it useful for speeding recovery after injury—namely the high concentration of growth factors, which accelerate cell turnover and connective tissue repair—make it an excellent tool to address age-related issues such as fine lines, sun damage, loss of skin elasticity, and texture problems."
Microneedling + Platelet rich plasma for skin rejuvenation: a synergistic approach for enhanced results
The Center for Plastic Surgery currently performs PRP in conjunction with microneedling, a non-surgical procedure that creates a series of "micro-injuries" in the skin, and which itself prompts the natural healing response, including cell regeneration and collagen production, to help reduce blemishes and improve overall skin tone and texture.
Dr. Samir Rao explains that using PRP with anti-aging treatments such as microneedling can speed results and provide longer-lasting improvements by capitalizing on the natural healing process: "By incorporating PRP into microneedling, we can flood skin with growth factors at the precise time when it is already primed to use them, essentially taking advantage of the skin's ability to renew itself. By combining treatments, we can achieve a patient's goals more quickly and effectively, and with very little additional treatment time and expense."
Minimally invasive treatment with no downtime, very low risk of side effects
Colleague Dr. James French outlines the microneedling/PRP procedure, noting that patients find it much quicker and easier than they expect. "Prior to treatment, we take a small blood sample from a patient's arm, and then process the sample in a centrifuge to separate the platelets and plasma and derive the PRP. This PRP is then applied topically and infused into the skin via microneedling."
Because a patient's own blood is used, there is no risk for rejection or allergic reaction. Both microneedling and PRP are suitable for most skin types and conditions, and most patients need no downtime following treatment.
The Washington DC plastic surgeons note that PRP therapy is available at both CPS practice locations in Annandale, Virginia and Chevy Chase, Maryland. They invite patients interested in learning more about PRP to contact the practice at 877-427-7888 or visit www.cpsdocs.com.
About the Center for Plastic Surgery: The Center for Plastic Surgery serves the greater Washington, D.C., area with offices in northern Virginia and Maryland: 3299 Woodburn Road, Suite 490, Annandale, VA 22003, 703-560-2850; and 5550 Friendship Boulevard, Suite 130, Chevy Chase, MD, 20815, 301-652-7700. For more information, visit http://www.cpsdocs.com.
Media Contact: Debbie Barwick, 877-427-7888.
SOURCE Center for Plastic Surgery