GlamDerm - Gramercy Laser and Medical Dermatology

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)


What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and why is it beneficial?

PRP is a nonsurgical , innovative rejuvenation technique. Your own blood, in the form of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), is used to regenerate healthy, new skin tissue and in some instances used to stimulate hair follicles. A small amount of blood is drawn and spun down to separate the components. Red and white blood cells are divided from platelets and plasma (clear fluid), leaving you with a higher concentration of platelets (PRP).  As the PRP is processed from the patient’s own blood, there is no risk of allergy or rejection with this treatment.

Why are platelets so special?

Although blood is mainly a liquid called plasma, it also contains small solid components – red cells, white cells, and platelets. The platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors, which are very important in the healing of injuries.  These regenerative qualities may be utilized within aesthetic procedures, using PRP to repair photo-damaged and aging skin, as well as stimulating fresh new tissue. PRP is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood. The concentration of platelets, and thereby, the concentration of growth factors can be 5 to 10 times greater than usual.

Growth Factors – The Fountain of Youth

Growth factors are responsible for “growth” in living cells, which translates to collagen synthesis and skin tissue regeneration.  In order to ensure these valuable growth factors are penetrated deep into the dermis, we pair PRP with micro-needling. Micro-needling creates “injury” to the skin therefore tricking the body into healing itself, while creating direct channels for the PRP to be delivered into. These growth factors then stimulate stem cells within your skin activating new, healthy tissue.

How many treatment sessions will I need?

With both micro-needled PRP and injected PRP, we recommend a series of 4 to 6 treatments spaced 3 to 4 weeks apart.

Hair Restoration & PRP

When hair follicles “quit, ”we deliver PRP into the scalp to awaken the follicle and stimulate hair growth.  In addition, patients who experience “miniaturization” or hair thinning are ideal candidates for PRP.  Our unique hair restoration method utilizes micro-needling technology and PRP rejuvenation to reactivate hair follicles for fuller, denser hair regrowth.  A series of 3 sessions spaced 6 weeks apart is suggested.

PRP is a completely natural procedure, utilizing your own growth-factors. This treatment is safe for all skin types, with minimal down time.