Dec 22 2014

Who Is a Good Candidate for Platelet Rich Plasma?

Stonington CT Platelet Rich Plasma Rejuvenation

A woman with healthy, radiant skinDr. Duke, board certified dermatologist Stonington, CT, discusses PRP as an anti-aging and skin rejuvenation treatment. Dermal fillers and injectables have long been a staple of cosmetic dermatology, helping patients achieve smoother, tighter skin through various fillers such as Restylane® and JUVÉDERM®. But as effective as these treatments are, they only change one’s appearance artificially and superficially, temporarily filling in space beneath the skin. With platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections, you can stimulate the growth of natural collagen to achieve similar effects naturally. The plasma is drawn from the patient’s body, so there is no chance of an allergic reaction, and the effects lead to long-term improvements in skin tone and texture.

The PRP process is simple and safe, but first, patients must be identified as good candidates for treatment. If you have been looking for a way to achieve younger and healthier looking skin without surgery, consider PRP injections at our Mystic dermatology office. See the below guidelines for specific information on candidacy.

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In blood, there are essentially three components: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. The latter are known for their role in clotting blood and promoting healing via growth proteins. When the number of platelets is increased in blood plasma, that blood has been shown to carry a number of health benefits. Consequently, platelet rich plasma injections have been used in a variety of fields, including sports medicine, arthritic healing, and cosmetic dermatology.

More specifically, PRP may be used to improve the fullness of cheeks, soften under-eye hollows, remove wrinkles, fill drawn or loose areas, and improve the overall tightness and texture of skin. For most patients considering dermal fillers or BOTOX® Cosmetic, PRP offers a more natural way to achieve a youthful, beautiful skin tone. Consequently, PRP can be used in lieu of other injectables or in conjunction with them. 

Who Is a Candidate for PRP?

Because PRP utilizes a patient’s natural blood and proteins, the treatment is extremely safe and poses minimal side effects. Patients may experience some pain at the injection site, similar to that of any dermal injection, and tissue damage may occur from poorly placed injections, particularly when used to treat deeper problems such as tendonitis and osteoporosis. However, because cosmetic dermatology only concerns the dermal layers and tissues directly beneath the skin, such complications are practically negligible.

Therefore, patients who wish to improve the appearance of their skin but do not want to undergo surgery are excellent candidates for PRP. If you have already been approved for dermal fillers or BOTOX® Cosmetic, you can likely benefit from PRP injections as well. Dr. Duke uses PRP to soften dark circles under eyes. Speak with your dermatologist for a more comprehensive assessment of your candidacy for non-surgical skin enhancing treatment.  

PRP Anti-aging Skin Treatment-Stonington CT

If you decide to undergo PRP treatment, the process is simple and can be completed in one easy visit. First, blood is drawn from your body, which will be used for the PRP sample. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge for roughly five minutes. This separates white and red blood cells from the sample, while leaving a higher concentration of platelets - up to five or 10 times more. The PRP is then injected into the desired site, stimulating natural collagen growth and resulting in healthier, more vibrant looking tissue. Treatment can be repeated multiple times or coupled with nearly any other dermatological treatment.  

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We are happy to help you learn about any of our cosmetic treatments, and which ones are best suited to your needs and preferences. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Duke, and see just how easy it is to get started on your personalized treatment plan. Our office is located in Mystic, CT, a section of Stonington, CT--right near Groton and New London CT, and Westerly, RI.

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