Available at our San Diego, CA location
Nowak Aesthetics has qualified professionals who can provide Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments in San Diego. Many patients in the area seek the expertise of Dr. Nowak in treating their skin and restoring its youthful appearance.
What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma is characterized as blood plasma enriched with platelets. Such substance is created to be used as an injectable to fill areas in the face that has sagged or wrinkled. Although it may act as a dermal filler, it is not a filler and is not used as an alternative to dermal fillers.
How does PRP work?
PRP is harvested from one’s own blood or what is known as the autologous method. The PRP that has been acquired from a concentrated source contains several various growth factors and cytokines which are elements that promote healing in soft tissues and bones. When injected, PRP triggers the production of collagen and elastin in the affected areas in the skin. The substances are responsible for adding volume to the skin, resulting to a thicker dermis. Because of this, the appearance of fine lines and facial creases improves over time.
What are the benefits of PRP?
Many patients in San Diego consider a PRP treatment to enjoy its various benefits. For one, PRP is able to stimulate the production of collagen in order to keep the skin healthy and younger-looking. It also helps in the repair of damaged tissues and triggers the production of new, healthier cells. Overall, the PRP therapy promotes the growth of healthy blood cells and skin tissues, as well as stimulates the production of fibroblast and keratinocyte. Dr. Nowak’s patients are also pleased with the idea that the treatment does not pose any risk for allergic reactions or intolerance.
What happens during a PRP process?
Dr. Nowak will draw an amount of blood to be evaluated in a lab. Once blood has been acquired from the patient, the specimen is then put into a centrifuge to separate its components. Once the blood has been activated to release the eight growth factors and proteins needed to make the treatment successful, it is injected to areas that need treatment.
How can PRP be used?
- As a topical during MicroPen treatments
- As an injectable to boost healing and stimulate collagen production
- As a topical after Fractional CO2 or Fraxel Laser Skin Resurfacing
What are the known effects of growth factors in the blood?
Every growth factor found in the harvested blood to be used in a PRP treatment has different benefits. For instance, the Epidermal Growth Factor is responsible for regulating, proliferating, and differentiating cell growth during the skin tissues’ remodeling phase. The Transforming Growth Factor promotes the angiogenesis phase involving the production of new blood vessels. Meanwhile, the Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor is important in both angiogenesis and vasculogenesis, as well as in the growth of blood vessels.
Other growth factors like keratinocyte, interleukins, macrophages, and fibroblasts stimulate wound healing of damaged tissues and the regeneration of new skin.
What are other treatments that can be done in conjunction with PRP?
To enhance its effects, PRP can be applied topically in conjunction with MicroPen or micro-needling treatment. The combined procedures deliver similar yet heightened benefits. It can also be used as a topical treatment following Fraxel Laser Skin Resurfacing or Fractional CO2.