You probably remember platelets from your high school biology class. Platelets are the critical element in the blood responsible for wound repair, allowing blood to clot. Beyond their clotting abilities, however, platelets are also powerful growth facilitators, another important aspect of the wound-healing process.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is becoming more and more popular with professional athletes to speed healing after injury, and it is also a force for improving the skin. It’s in that latter capacity that we offer platelet-rich plasma treatments combined with microneedling at Signature Plastic Surgery. We call it Eclipse PRP and your skin will love it!
What is platelet-rich plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is basically what you have left when you take a sample of blood and use a centrifuge to remove the white and red blood cells. What remains is plasma and blood platelets. By removing the blood cells, the remaining PRP has powerful healing properties, including seven growth factors.
What is Eclipse PRP?
You may have heard of PRP especially with athletes who have slight muscle or ligament tears. They use PRP to speed the healing process. In the aesthetic industry PRP is used for skin rejuvenation, addressing sun damage, lines and wrinkles, and other issues. At Signature Plastic Surgery, it’s the way we deliver the PRP that makes the difference. Once we collect the blood sample and pare it down to the PRP, we then deliver it back into the treatment areas through microneedling with the Eclipse Micropen. Most other providers simply inject PRP back into the treatment areas with a normal syringe. Eclipse PRP adds the benefits of microneedling to the procedure.
What can Eclipse PRP improve?
At Signature, we use Eclipse PRP to address skin problems such as sun damage, acne scars, fine lines, stretch marks, and loss of volume due to the decreasing collagen production that is a natural part of the aging process. Tone, texture, and pigmentation all improve with this combination of microneedling and PRP.
There is also increasing use of Eclipse PRP for helping patients with thinning hair to stimulate renewed natural hair growth, although at Signature currently this is a secondary use of the Eclipse PRP procedure.
How is Eclipse PRP done?
The process begins by taking a small amount of blood, an amount similar to a blood test. We place the blood in a centrifuge to separate out the different components, dividing the red and white blood cells from the plasma (the clear fluid that makes blood liquid) and the platelets. By removing the blood cells, the remaining plasma liquid has four times the normal number of platelets, hence the term “platelet-rich” plasma. This process only takes a few minutes. Next we use the Eclipse Micropen and its 12 microscopic needles to create thousands of microscopic channels through the epidermis layer of your skin, injecting the PRP back into the area. The combination of the micro-wounds/channels and the PRP creates a rich healing environment where the skin actively rebuilds itself.
Why does PRP help the skin?
Microneedling alone triggers a wound response from the body, supplying new collagen and elastin to the “wounded” area to repair the damage. Of course, the damage is microscopic and heals almost immediately. When the PRP is introduced along with microneedling, the healing platelets create a rich fibrin mesh that further induces collagen production. The PRP simply amplifies the overall healing process, as that is the role platelets play in the body.
How long does the Eclipse PRP take and does it hurt?
The entire process takes usually around 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the areas being treated. Patients tell us the treatment is not painful, the sensation similar to sandpaper being moved across the skin. Some areas are more sensitive than others, of course, so if you prefer we can apply a topical numbing anesthetic prior to your microneedling. There is some slight redness and swelling at the treated areas after your session, but that usually passes in one to two days. Because PRP uses your own blood as a base, there are no reactions.
When will I see results from Eclipse PRP and how long will they last?
Results from Eclipse PRP are not immediate because new collagen and elastin have to build and the other healing properties need to kick in. Results usually begin to show themselves in three to four weeks as new collagen builds. This process continues to build for months after your treatment.
How many Eclipse PRP treatments will I need?
At Signature, we find that patients get the best results with three Eclipse PRP treatments spaced from one to two months apart.
Can I use Eclipse PRP to address hair loss?
Microneedling has been used and achieved some good results when it comes to natural hair restoration. The Eclipse PRP combination furthers those benefits; the increased collagen production and the other growth factors associated with PRP seem to stimulate the follicles to increase natural hair growth.
Is a Vampire Facelift and Eclipse PRP the same?
No, the Vampire Facelift begins with injections of the hyaluronic acid dermal fillers Restylane and Juvederm. Then PRP is injected into various areas on the face. The Eclipse PRP, in contrast, doesn’t use dermal fillers, instead using microneedling combined with PRP to activate the body’s natural healing and skin growth processes.
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