Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

— Idaho Falls, Idaho —

Platelet-rich plasma or PRP is used for facial rejuvenation therapies resulting in skin rejuvenation and volume restoration.  It acts as a bio-stimulator triggering the body to synthesize collagen and elastin adding volume to the skin.  It’s highly effective and delivers natural results.  Because the treatments use a patient’s own tissues, PRP injections are safe and can be combined with other treatments with no concern for interactions or adverse events.

PRP consists of two elements: plasma, or the liquid portion of blood, and platelets, a type of blood cell that plays an important role in healing. Platelets contain growth factors that can trigger cell reproduction and stimulate tissue regeneration or healing in the treated area. Platelet-rich plasma is simply blood that contains more platelets than normal.

PRP can be used in multiple areas of the face including tear troughs, lips, necklace lines, surgical scars, acne scars, and more.  PRP can be used to stimulate hair growth in thinning hair and is recommended to maintain the results after hair transplant procedures.  PRP is also used in micro needling to increase cellular turnover time, stimulate all-over collagen production, and reveal fresh glowing skin.  PRP is widely used for joint injections and wound healing because of its growth factors, anti-inflammatory properties, and bio-stimulation.

The process for PRP treatments involves a simple blood draw.  The blood is placed in a centrifuge that separates the plasma from the heavier red blood cells.  The plasma with the concentrated platelets is pulled off the top and used for injections or treatments. 

The results of PRP treatment are most noticeable after several weeks and six months for scalp injections.   The results are not permanent as the aging process is ongoing however it can slow the process with regular treatments.

Contraindications for PRP include anemia or thrombocytopenia, acute or chronic infections, chronic liver disease, and anticoagulant therapy.

A consultation with an experienced provider who can evaluate the skin and answer questions is recommended.   

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