Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP for short, is becoming more and more popular with professional athletes to speed healing after injury. 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 is what you have left after you take a sample of blood and use a centrifuge to remove the white and red blood cells. By removing the blood cells, only blood platelets and plasma remain. These two components together have 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 Dr. Shah delivers 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.
What Can Microneedling with PRP treat?
At Signature Plastic Surgery, Dr. Shah uses Eclipse Micropen with PRP to address skin problems. Tone, texture, and pigmentation all improve with this combination of treatment. Dr. Shah can treat:
- Sun damage
- Acne scars
- Fine lines
- Stretch marks
- Loss of volume due to the decreasing collagen production
How Does PRP Treatment Improve Collagen Production?
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 so it 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.
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The Eclipse PRP Procedure
To start, our staff will take a small amount of blood from the patient. This amount is similar to a blood test. Then, we place the blood in a centrifuge. The centrifuge separates out the different components of the blood, 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. These steps only take 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 or channels and the PRP creates a rich healing environment where the skin actively rebuilds itself. The entire process takes about 20 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the treatment area.
PRP for Hair Loss
In addition to improving your skin, microneedling has been used to achieve some good results when it comes to natural hair restoration. The Eclipse PRP combination offers increased collagen production and the other growth factors associated with PRP which stimulate the follicles to increase natural hair growth. These benefits are especially useful for patients with thinning hair. However, at Signature Plastic Surgery, this is currently a secondary use of the Eclipse PRP procedure.
Does microneedling with PRP Hurt?
Patients report that the Eclipse PRP treatment is not painful, the sensation is 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. Patients can expect slight redness and swelling at the treated areas after their session, but that usually passes in one to two days. Because PRP uses your own blood as a base, there are no reactions.
Eclipse PRP Results
Results from Eclipse PRP are not immediate because new collagen and elastin have to build and the other healing properties need to kick in. Patients can usually expect results to begin to show themselves in three to four weeks. In addition, this collagen-building process will continue for months after your treatment.
How Many Eclipse PRP Treatments Will I Need?
At Signature Plastic Surgery, we find that patients get the best results from multiple treatments. Typically, patients have three Eclipse PRP treatments which we space one to two months apart.
Vampire Facelift vs Eclipse PRP
While both treatments include the use of PRP, a Vampire Facelift and Eclipse with PRP are different treatments. The Vampire Facelift begins with injections of the hyaluronic acid dermal fillers Restylane and Juvéderm. Then, Dr. Shah injects PRP into various areas on the face. In contrast, dermal fillers are not included in with Eclipse PRP. Instead, microneedling is combined with PRP to activate the body’s natural healing and skin growth processes.