PRP Therapy AKA Collagen Induction Therapy

16 Oct


What is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been used in facial rejuvenation around the world since 2006. It has been featured in Elle Magazine, The New York Times, and Nightline. This anti-wrinkle treatment is ideal for individuals looking for a natural but noticeable improvement in skin texture, tone, and color with minimal to no recovery time. This revolutionary natural procedure offers incredible skin rejuvenation.

Platelets in your blood contain numerous Platelet Derived Growth Factors (PDGF), which promote skin health, tone, and texture. When you get a cut, it is the platelets that form the clot.  They then release these growth factors that stimulate regeneration of tissue needed for healing.  PDGF’s nourish the tissue, improve skin circulation, and remove damaging metabolic waste.  They stimulate skin cells to divide and increase production of collagen protein and hyaluronic acid. This collagen production is what helps correct the visible effects of wrinkles. In addition, the hyaluronic acid has also been shown to increase skin tone and volume resulting in a more youthful appearance.

How does it work?

Using cutting edge technology, platelets from your very own blood are isolated and used to fill in your wrinkles from the inside out by harnessing the inherent healing physiology of the body.  Areas of treatment include cheeks and mid-face, wrinkling around the eyes, smile lines, nasolabial fold, neck and jawline, upper chest (décolletage), acne scarring, hands, upper arms, and more. The process takes between 60-90 minutes, depending on the number of areas treated.

A small vial of blood is taken from your arm – less than that normally taken for routine blood tests. The blood is then placed in a vial and spun in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells and plasma. The process concentrates the platelet count to about 4X normal. It is this platelet-rich plasma – often called “liquid gold” – that is then activated and injected into the skin – or applied topically in a surface regeneration action.

This procedure is not a surgical facelift. This is a natural procedure that helps restore or enhance areas. Improvement of skin texture and tone can be noticeable within three weeks and improvement continues for the next 8 months as more collagen is laid under the skin. The results typically last 2 years or longer. For the best result, we recommend three to six treatments, 4-6 weeks apart.


Who Can It Benefit?

Any patient who wishes to reduce volume loss, fine lines, and textural changes of the skin is suitable for this procedure. It also appeals to the patient who is looking for a natural approach to volumizing the face and treating or reducing fine lines. This procedure can be combined with dermal fillers and Botox injections. PRP builds tissue over time, whereas traditional fillers breaks down over time.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is the procedure painful?

Numbing cream is applied to the face 45 minutes before the procedure, making the treatment very comfortable. Most patients do not feel much sensation.

How long is the recovery time?

Typically, there is little to no downtime associated with the treatment. Some redness of the treated area may last a day after treatment. Minor bruising may occur, but clears up in about a week and can be concealed with cosmetics. Normal activity can be resumed immediately, but your face should be protected from the sun.

 How long is the treatment?

On the treatment day, the entire visit lasts about 2 hours. The actual procedure requires about 20 minutes.

Is it safe?

PRP treatment is extremely safe. Because PRP is produced from your own blood, there is no risk of an allergic reaction. In addition, PRP contains concentrated amount of white blood cells, your natural defenders against infections. As a result, infection is extremely rare with our PRP treatment.

Am I a good candidate for PRP?

Anyone who wants to take years off their appearance by reducing wrinkles or acne scarring is a good candidate for PRP. People with a history of shingles on the head, current skin infections, acne, lupus, porphyria, anesthetic allergies, cancer, chemotherapy, severe metabolic and systemic disorders, abnormal platelet function (i.e. blood disorders), and pregnant women should not do PRP treatments.

How many treatments are needed?

Initially, 3 to 6 treatments 4-6 weeks apart are recommended for optimal results. Thereafter, maintenance treatments are recommended every one to two years depending on skin type.

The Key to Success – Tricking the cells into thinking there is injury

The serum is activated by the addition of simple calcium chloride. The activated plasma serum behaves the same way the body would respond if there were an actual injury – healing platelets rush in to create a rich fibrin mesh. This fibrin mesh in turn calls out to natural healing cells, releasing growth factors* and stimulating the process of fibroblast production (the cells that create collagen) to energize and heal.

Platelet-Rich-Plasma-Therapy-Portland-OregonThe End Result?

  • healthier appearance
  • thicker dermis (reducing wrinkles and scars)
  • improved tone
  • prolonged duration of fillers (Used with underlying fillers such as Juvderm, Restylane or Radiesse, the PRP serum prolongs and amplifies the filler correction with the need for less filler per treatment and a longer duration.)

– SOURCES: Total Dermatology, MedScape, The Source Wellness Center

Is This Treatment Right For You?

Interested in this procedure? Please contact us for a FREE Consultation. (705) 531-1500 or email us at


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