That's right.  Getting rid of wrinkles by using your own blood.  Otherwise known as a PRP Facial.

PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma.  Platelet Rich Plasma comes from, you’ve guess it…your own blood! Blood is composed mainly of red blood cells, white blood cells, Platelets and Plasma.  So what’s so important about the Platelets and Plasma? The platelets in our blood are cells designed to heal injuries.   In concentrated form, the platelets can be used to help heal those injuries.  For years athletes, dentists and reconstructive surgeons have been injecting the PRP into joints to help speed up the process of healing.  Now the benefits are being applied to other fields of medicine such as wound healing and natural medical aesthetics- including your face!

You may have heard of the Vampire Facial talked about in the celebrity magazines.  We prefer Non-Surgical Facelift.  We’ll get to what that is shortly.

So how does PRP help to rejuvenate my skin?

Platelets are cells in the blood that help tissue to heal and grow and are full of Growth Factors.  The plasma portion of blood is a yellow liquid that is full of nutrients and proteins.  By taking the Platelet Rich Plasma from the blood and injecting into specific areas of the skin, the PRP acts as a matrix that promotes your own collagen to grow, regenerates tissue and speeds up the skin’s repair process.  In turn, the skin’s repair process results in a thicker dermis with softer wrinkles, less scarring and improved skin tone. 

How is my PRP obtained?

A couple vials of blood from your arm will be collected.  The vials will then be placed into a centrifuge.  The centrifuge spins and separates the platelets and plasma from the rest of the blood components.  After the centrifuge is done, the extraction of the platelet rich plasma takes place.  

And Now the Vampire Facial?!?!  Is it scary?

No!!  It is virtually painless.  And it’s non-surgical!

After separating the PRP in the centrifuge, the PRP is then transported to the treatment room and used along with the Eclipse Micropen™.  The MicroPen contains a sterile needle tip comprised of 12 tiny micro-needles, used to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to produce collagen and elastin. A think layer of topical numbing gel will be applied to your skin and the appropriate treatment depth will be selected based on your needs.  Areas to be treated include: face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back.  The device can also be used on the scalp to treat hair thinning. 

Before and After 6 PRP Treatments *photo courtesy of Eclipse

Before and After 6 PRP Treatments *photo courtesy of Eclipse

What is the Eclipse Micropen™?

The Eclipse Micropen is a state of the art micro-needling device.  The MicroPen utilizes Automated Micro-Needling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy or CIT) and is a newer innovation in aesthetic medicine for treating the appearance of fine lines, acne scars and improvement of the skin’s overall appearance.  What’s even more exciting is the new research showing Micro-Needling for the scalp to improve hair thinning and/or loss! 

What does my downtime look like?

 Immediately after the treatment, you will notice a bright redness to the skin.  The total healing time will depend on the depth of the needles used and the number of overlapping passes.  On average patients are red for 2-4 days, but some may heal completely in 24 hours. 

When will I see results?

You will notice an immediate “glow” to your skin while visible changes will develop over the course of several weeks.  We recommend most patients receive a series of 2-3 treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart.  For deeper wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars it is recommended to receive 6-8 sessions at 6-week intervals.

Skin, A Naturopathic Clinic is located in Encinitas, CA.  The Naturopathic Doctors look forward to working with you to look and feel your best!

This article is not intended to provide a health diagnosis, treat a medical condition, or provide medical advice.  All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes.  Please consult your doctor or a qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health and well-being or on any opinions expressed within this blog.

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