PRP FaceStudies have shown that women lose 30% of skin collagen in the first five years of menopause, with a continued loss of 2% per menopause year over 20 years.1 Treating estrogen-deficient skin sooner should keep skin looking younger longer.

What is a Platelet Rich Plasma procedure for the skin?

Platelet Rich Plasma, also known, as "PRP" is an injection treatment whereby a person’s own blood is used to treat signs of aging in the skin.

PRP has been shown to have overall rejuvenating effects on the skin, including improving skin texture, thickness, fine lines and wrinkles, increasing volume via the increased production of collagen and elastin, and by diminishing and improving the appearance of scars. It is not designed to replace cosmetic surgery, as there are some cases where those procedures would be more appropriate.

Benefits of PRP

The benefit of using your own tissue virtually eliminates allergies. Other benefits of PRP include: minimal downtime, safe with minimal risk, short recovery time, natural looking results, no general anesthesia is required.

Treatment Areas

Areas typically treated for aesthetic purposes and skin rejuvenation include:

  • Around the eyes
  • Cheeks and mid-face
  • Neck
  • Jaw-line
  • Chest and décolletage
  • Back of hands and arms
  • Lips

What can I expect?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a product derived from your own blood. Blood is made up of two main parts – red blood cells and plasma. The plasma contains white blood cells and platelets. Platelets are rich in growth factors. When PRP is injected into the damaged area it causes a mild inflammation that triggers the healing cascade. As the platelets organize in the treatment area, they release a number of enzymes and growth factors to promote healing and tissue repair to the damaged area. As a result, new collagen begins to develop. As the collagen matures it begins to shrink, causing the tightening and strengthening of the damaged area. When treating injured or sun- and time-damaged tissue, they can induce a remodeling of the tissue to a healthier and younger state.

You will meet with Dr Hanna to discuss your treatment goals. Her clinical staff will then draw your blood and apply a topical numbing cream to your treatment areas. A fraction of your blood is drawn up into a syringe. The blood is spun in a special centrifuge (dual spin) to separate its components (Red Blood Cells, Platelet Rich Plasma, Platelet Poor Plasma and Buffy Coat). The Platelet Rich Plasma and Buffy Coat is separated and then prepared for injection into the intended treatment area. The Platelet Poor Plasma (PPP) is reserved for optional use as natural organic dermal filler. Dr Hanna will then inject your PRP into your desired treatment areas using a tiny needle (similar to BOTOX® Cosmetic). The full procedure takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Generally 2-3 treatments are advised, however, more may be necessary for some individuals. You can expect to see results beginning at 4 weeks. PRP touch up treatments are usually needed once a year after the initial group of treatments to boost and maintain the results.

For patients who desire immediate cosmetic results to fill deep lines and add volume, PPP can also be injected into the treatment areas as natural organic filler. Treatment with dermal fillers can smooth out facial folds and wrinkles and contour facial features that have lost their volume and fullness due to aging, sun exposure, illness, etc. These dermal fillers are injected under the skin with a very fine needle. This produces natural-appearing volume under wrinkles and folds, which are lifted up and smoothed out. Facial rejuvenation can be carried out with minimal complications. PPP is thought to last 2 months.

Call today to schedule your free consultation to rejuvenate your skin the safe and natural way!

1. Menopause Practice: A Clinician’s Guide, North American Menopause Society, 2014.

The content is meant for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Please seek the advice of your physician with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Barbra S. Hanna, DO, FACOG, NCMP
1604 North Main Street  •  Wheaton, Illinois 60187  •  630-480-0428