Platelet Rich Plasma

PRP in Richmond VA

Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is a new facial rejuvenation and hair loss procedure that takes advantage of your body’s own healing power to non-surgically rejuvenate skin, or help re-grow hair in thinning areas.

What is PRP?

Our blood is made up of essentially four components: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma. PRP is blood that has been separated into different components by a centrifuge to give super concentrated platelets suspended in plasma, with red and white blood cells removed. Our bodies’ platelets have a very important role in healing. First, platelets gather together and begin the clotting process. Soon after, the platelets release very powerful chemicals known as growth factors. These growth factors are actually chemical signals that attract stem cells and other cells which stimulate new collagen formation in our tissues. Animal and plant derived growth factors are found in many cosmeceuticals and skin care products. With PRP, we utilize the awesome healing properties from your own growth factors, directly from your own platelets.

PRP has been used in the dental and sports medicine fields for over 20 years to aid the healing process. Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods and Rafael Nadal have all benefited from PRP to heal injured tendons and get them back to their sports careers quickly.

For patients who may not want injections of Botox or fillers, but want to have a noticeable, natural rejuvenation, PRP is the answer.

What Conditions can PRP treat?

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Hair loss
  • Dark spots and pigmentation
  • Acne and surgical scars
  • Redness
  • Dull, uneven skin tone
  • Large Pores

How Does PRP Rejuvenate Skin and Hair?

Growth factors in platelet rich plasma signal the body to produce new collagen growth. Skin that is treated is rejuvenated and takes on a youthful glow. Fine lines and wrinkles get smoother, freckles and blemishes improve and there are noticeable improvements in tone and texture. The benefits of PRP are natural and long-lasting.

How is the PRP Procedure Performed?

First, a topical numbing cream is placed onto the skin of the face and allowed to work for about 30 minutes. During this time, Dr. Shaw prepares the PRP to be used. A small amount of blood is drawn from your arm and placed into a test tube. This is similar to the amount of blood you would give for routine labwork. Dr. Shaw then uses a centrifuge to spin the whole blood and separate it into the different cell layers. The platelets are then separated from the rest of the blood cells and are prepared for use under sterile conditions.

Your face is then thoroughly cleansed and prepped to aseptic (no germs) condition. The PRP is then placed onto the face and a micro needling procedure performed. The micro needling makes a very small controlled injury to the tissue, which provides a channel for the PRP to travel into the dermis of the skin. The action of the pen acts as its own collagen stimulator and works synergistically with PRP. Once in the skin, the platelets release their growth factors and new, healthy tissue begins to replace older, dull wrinkled skin.

Is there downtime?

Most patients experience 2-3 days of minor redness after the procedure. Unlike a laser, there is no heat used so many people feel presentable with several hours. We ask that patients wait about 12 hours before washing the area to maximize penetration of the PRP. After 12 hours, you can return to your normal skincare routine. There are no limitations on your activity.