The effectiveness of PRP in assisting the body to heal is well researched and well established. It was first used in an open-heart surgery procedure in 1987 and, since 2006, has been used for facial rejuvenation in Europe, Australia, and Japan, as well as the United States.
PRP is the second part of a two-part procedure, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy.
After treatment with lasers—especially CO2 and Fractora, Dr. Kaado uses PRP to enhance results and help the skin heal more quickly. He is diligent in ensuring every patient gets the best possible results, and this sometimes means adding treatment to the original procedure.
The first part is called “microneedling.” Together, PRP and microneedling form a minimally invasive treatment for wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin and scars by promoting collagen production and improving elasticity. The re-injection of platelets into the face offers an additional benefit, besides the improved volume and skin texture: It restores a rosy hue to skin that has become pale, gray or generally dull, which is something that no other injectable dermal filler can do.
Microneedling is a procedure in which a small device with very fine needles is passed over the skin, creating tiny, controlled wounds, or punctures, each of which creates a channel in the skin. It is these wounds that bring blood to surface of the skin and cause the body automatically to produce collagen and elastin as part of its natural healing process to fill them. This both helps plump up the skin, creating a smoother surface, as well as stimulates the release of growth factors and cytokines.
Once the blood has been centrifuged, the PRP is placed topically to allow penetration into the small wounds, or channels, created by the microneedling. This further plumps up the skin and, due to the growth factors and cytokines, signals the body to develop new collagen, new blood vessels, and even new fatty tissue, all of which improve skin volume and texture immediately, as well as over time.
The total procedure takes about an hour, and the slight pinkness and tingling from the microneedling and PRP injections should fade in 24 – 72 hours. Since it usually takes the body anywhere from two to three months to reach the point of full collagen production, you will likely see improvements continue over that period of time. The final results, however, can last as long as two years.
The overall treatment plan will, of course, depend on the condition of the skin at the start and the desired result. Typically, three is the recommended number of sessions for many patients, and they would be scheduled approximately four weeks apart, to give the body a chance for the healing process to be well underway before a subsequent treatment.
Dr. Kaado’s goal is to make the treatment as pain-free and effective as possible, with some of the best results that can be achieved. This includes staying ahead of the curve on the latest advancements in aesthetic and anti-aging technology for improved procedures to improve and enhance results and patient experience.
Before cannulas, dermal fillers were delivered using hypodermic needles, which are sharp and rigid. Needles have a higher potential of piercing an artery or vein as well as cause more swelling and bruising through a higher disturbance of the tissue. Dr. Kaado and other practitioners at the leading edge of cosmetic surgery have adopted a new approach, which is the use of blunt-tipped cannulas rather than needles.