Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment (PRP Treatment) in Buffalo NY
A leading edge procedure harnessing the healing power of your body’s growth factors and platelets. This stimulates stem cell responses whereby, you grow more new collagen and blood vessels, in order to repair, regenerate and renew damaged skin and reverse signs of aging. Your body thereby heals itself, promoting macrophages and fibroblasts to enhance epithelialization and healing. There is no risk of an allergic reaction as the PRP is specific to each individual. Eight (8) essential growth factors and signaling proteins are released after your blood products are separated by centrifugation.
What is PRP Treatment (or a PRP Injection)?
Autologous PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is a high concentration of platelets surrounded in its own plasma. Blood drawn from a patient, has its red cells separated from the platelet rich plasma through centrifugation. With a quick simple procedure, a high concentration of biological nutrient-rich cells are created. When activated, at least 8 essential growth factors and signaling proteins are derived. Using these growth factors can cause no allergic reaction or rejection, since it’s from the patient’s own blood serum.
PRP Before and After Photos
Cosmetic Uses of PRP
Your body’s immune system growth factors and proteins can do amazing things for you through the use of PRP treatment. Use or a PRP injection include:
- Healing of Damaged Skin
- Improvement in Scars from Acne
- Resolution of Stretch Marks
- Reducing Fine Lines (Rhyatids)
- Tightening and Toning Skin
- Improvement of Dark Circles Under the Eyes
- Improving Fat Grafting after Liposculpture
The Pure Spin Centrifuge
PRP treatment is used to heal scars and decrease the damage of stretch marks. It is used in orthopedics to help to fail joints and neuro-surgically to help brain function after stroke.
The trick to PRP treatment is getting a higher concentration of platelets, which depends on both product and the type of centrifugation. Not to get too technical, but the objective is to get higher platelet concentration factor as well as platelet yield and growth factors. Dr. Bertolino is now using the new Pure Spin Centrifuge to yield a much higher concentration than the Eclipse system that many competitors are using. Pure spin has an 87.7% platelet recovery vs. 16.7% for Eclipse
Would I Be a Good Candidate for PRP Treatment?
Because PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is generated using your own blood, there aren’t any risks of a reaction in your body. The only limitations are for people with active infections or cancer. If you’re taking aspirin on a daily basis, you’ll need to discontinue it for about one week prior to your PRP treatment. For microneedling, there aren’t any limitations. You can have microneedling regardless of your skin color or skin type, as well.
When Will I See Results from PRP and Microneedling?
The results from your PRP treatment are not immediate, as the platelets need to get to work in your skin. Results begin to show themselves in three to four weeks as new collagen is added to the treatment areas, and these results continue to build for months. For the best results, we recommend three PRP treatments, spaced 1-2 months apart, although this varies depending on the treatment you are having.
How Long Will My PRP Treatment Results Last?
Your skin will be smoother, firmer, and will have more volume once the platelets and growth factors get to work. These changes will last for up to a year. But the aging process will continue, so Dr. Bertolino recommends PRP with microneedling treatments on a bi-annual basis to maintain your improvements. These timelines vary somewhat between different procedures, such as the O-Shot and P-Shot, but we’ll discuss what you can expect for the longevity of your results.
What To Expect After PRP Treatment
Micro-needling with PRP or a hyaluronic serum aides in the repair of acne scarring, dyschromias of the skin, stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles. It improves texture and skin tone by causing controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to aid in the production of collagen and elastin. The skin’s repair process results in a thicker epidermis with a softer appearance of wrinkles.
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PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) FAQs
What are the Growth Factors Derived from PRP and the Common Effects?
- Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) – plays a role in regulation of new cell growth.
- Transforming Growth Factor (TGF) – promotes angiogenesis which is new blood vessel growth.
- Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) – an important signal protein involved in growth of blood vessels from pre-existing vasculature.
- Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF) – promotes epithelialization of tissue repair.
- Platelet Derived Growth Factor (PDGF) – promotes collagen growth and repair.
- Interleukins, Macrophages, Mast Cells – Induce collagen synthesis for healthy cell production and repair of damaged tissues.
- Collagen Stimulating Growth Factor – grows healthy tissue & blood cells
- Keratinocyte Growth Factor (KGF) – optimizes healing and the generates of new skin.
How Painful Is A PRP Injection? Is PRP Treatment FDA Approved?
Yes, a PRP injection is approved by the FDA for a number of treatments including cosmetic enhancement, orthopedic treatments, and now for sexual health and well being (the O-SHOT and the PRIABUS SHOT). The discomfort is from a simple blood draw. PRP is applied to the skin topically and driven into the top layer of skin via a micro-needling procedure. A micro-needling pen is used at different depths and speeds to infuse the PRP (or hyaluronic serum if a patient doesn’t want PRP). Of course, the skin is numbed with a topical product to minimize any discomfort.
How Long Does a PRP Treatment Take and How Many PRP Injections Will I Need?
The process of drawing your blood and then separating out the platelets and growth factors only takes around 30 minutes. But then we need to apply topical local anesthetic, which needs around 15 minutes to take effect. The PRP injection takes around 15-20 minutes. That makes a total of an hour and 15 to 30 minutes. Dr. Bertolino simply injects your PRP back into the treatment areas in a series of shallow injections. There aren’t a set number of PRP injections.
What Medical Conditions Can Be Treated with a PRP Injection?
Dr. Bertolino uses PRP with microneedling to address a variety of skin problems on the face. PRP treatment can be used to return volume to faces that are beginning to look drawn due to volume loss. It will plump out cheek indentations, soften under eye hollows, and improve the skin tone, tightness, and texture. It is also effective for addressing fine lines, discoloration, acne scars, and stretch marks.
He uses PRP for a variety of lifestyle/aging problems with the Vampire Facelift, the Vampire Facial, the O-Shot and the P-Shot.
PRP treatment is also used for hair restoration, injecting it directly into the areas where hair is thinning because more and more hair follicles are becoming dormant. The PRP returns more follicles to the anagen/growth phase, regrowing hair naturally.
Is PRP Treatment Covered By Health Insurance?
PRP treatment is considered to be an elective procedure and is not covered by insurance plans.
Are There any Side Effects with PRP Treatment?
Because PRP is derived from your own blood, there isn’t any chance of having an allergic or immune reaction to PRP injections. The only real risk involved in these treatments is the possibility of local infection at the injections sites, which is very rare. There can be some soreness and slight bruising at the injection sites, but this is localized and fleeting.