PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) therapy is becoming a valuable solution for a wide diversity of patient issues. Originally used primarily as a way to help create and grow new cells for muscle, tendon and ligament repair, research is turning up many other beneficial ways to use PRP therapy treatments.
What is PRP Treatment?
Platelet-rich plasma is what you get when a blood sample is taken and put into a centrifuge. After about 20 minutes of spinning and processing, the plasma, loaded with platelets is separated from the rest of the blood. The PRP can then be injected into or applied to the patient in whatever area of the body needs the healing benefit.
How Does PRP Treatment Work?
PRP contains certain proteins with specific functions, such as aiding in inflammation and supporting cell creation and growth. Wherever it’s injected, it can help to trigger production of the cells that are specific to that particular area of the body.
PRP Treatment for Acne Scars
PRP treatment is proving to be effective is in treating acne scars when combined with microneedling. Acne scarring is another skin condition that can cause embarrassment and a lack of self-confidence to the sufferer. Treating acne and acne scars is very challenging and takes constant care and maintenance.
When platelet-rich plasma is used with microneedling into the scarred area, the healing process is triggered and repairs can be made to the damaged skin. Very fine needles are used, so any pain or discomfort is kept to a minimal amount. Dr. Dawli will also apply a topical numbing cream prior to the start of the procedure to minimize any pain during the procedure.
Microneedling with PRP is usually completed within 30 minutes or so, and no downtime is needed for recovery. There may be some slight bruising or swelling at the injection sites, but a cold compress can help minimize any discomfort you may feel. You will need to avoid any rigorous activity for the first 24 hours and avoid any makeup application during that time.
Most patients need three treatments to appreciate a significant improvement in scarring, while some will see a result right away. A typical therapy course is one to three treatments, scheduled roughly a 4 to 6 weeks apart.
As the body heals naturally, it will generate new, healthier skin tissue and damaged skin from the scarring will fade away. The best results from the PRP treatment for acne scars can be seen three to four weeks after each treatment session.
You should schedule a consultation with Dr. Dawli prior to your PRP treatment. During this meeting, Dr. Dawli will discuss your goals, expectations, and the best options for you, given your unique circumstances.
This is also the time for you to ask any questions you may have or voice any concerns you may be feeling about the procedure. Dr. Dawli will be happy to address any issues you want to bring to her attention.