When it comes to the times we treasure, we often want to stop the clock and savor a moment with a loved one or the chance to pursue a favorite pastime.
The visible signs of aging, like wrinkles and skin laxity, are also things we notice with the passage of time that we love much less. Instead of making us want to stop time, we long to turn back the clock.
At Parkland Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Alexis Stephens offers a wide range of safe and effective treatments that enhance the look of your skin, refresh it, and shave years off your appearance. One such treatment is called platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP treatment, which harnesses your body’s own healing capabilities to improve your skin.
The promise of regenerative medicine
PRP therapy is a type of regenerative medicine that boosts your body’s own healing mechanisms, as opposed to using medication or an invasive surgical procedure to address an issue like aging skin.
Stem cell therapy is a widely recognized form of regenerative treatment, where lab-grown cells can be directed to “morph” into many different types of cells, from heart cells to nerve cells.
PRP therapy involves your doctor taking a blood sample and spinning it in a device called a centrifuge so the most powerful clotting and healing elements in your blood — the platelets — are separated. They’re then reinjected into a patient’s targeted treatment area.
This type of therapy has been used extensively in orthopedics to hasten healing and stimulate tissue growth in patients’ joints, muscles, and tendons, but it has turned out to be an ideal treatment for your skin as well.
How PRP treatment rejuvenates your skin
PRP therapy benefits your skin in transformative ways.
One popular treatment you may have heard of is commonly referred to as the “vampire facial,” which combines the benefits of PRP treatment with microneedling, a noninvasive treatment where Dr. Stephens makes minute punctures in your skin with a special tool. These micro-injuries stimulate the production of collagen and other proteins that make your skin taut and smooth.
Adding the PRP treatment to the microneedling accelerates the healing of skin flaws like scars and plumps your skin so fine lines and wrinkles are minimized.
PRP treatment can also replace dermal filler treatments like RestylaneⓇ, JuvedermⓇ, and RevanesseⓇ Versa™, which add volume to areas of your face that appear sunken. Dr. Stephens also combines PRP therapy with dermal filler treatment for certain patients, depending on your skin’s unique needs and your goals.
The regenerative powers of PRP treatment can also make your neck and hands look better.
Our patients give PRP treatment rave reviews when it comes to revitalizing their faces and stopping time in its tracks, but they also like it for other reasons:
- Brief treatments (blood is spun in the centrifuge for only 10-15 minutes)
- Comfortable treatments
- Minimal post-treatment side effects, such as swelling and redness that resolve quickly
- No post-treatment downtime
When Dr. Stephens meets with you to discuss PRP treatment, she’ll have an in-depth discussion with you about your medical history and certain considerations that may preclude treatment. Once she completes your evaluation, you may well be a candidate for PRP treatment and able to proceed.
Contact our Coral Springs office at 754-999-3376 to book a PRP appointment so you can enjoy fewer wrinkles, better skin texture, and restored volume. You may also use our convenient online booking tool.