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  • July 2018
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PRP therapy for skin rejuvenation

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) has many different benefits when it comes to helping the body heal naturally. One benefit that PRP can provide is reducing fine lines, scars and firming skin elasticity. Many people know this procedure as the “Dracula” or “Vampire” facial/therapy. This is a natural procedure that can be used as an alternative to fillers using chemical substances.

How it works

Platelet rich plasma therapy is autologous, meaning it is derived from the patient. This means the risk of rejection or allergic reaction is greatly reduced. The platelets and growth factors in your blood stimulate healing in the body. The platelets are the most important part of this procedure as they contain growth factors and signaling proteins. Those proteins begin the repair process in the body by bringing your body’s stem cells to the desired area to regenerate tissues and produce collagen.

What can it treat?

PRP in the skin can have many benefits. When your body needs help in certain places where it has reduced blood flow, your system sees no need for healing at all. Examples can be scars on your face or body, sun damaged skin around your eyes, and wrinkles around your mouth. Patients will see more radiant skin, a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, and can even reduce the visibility of scars and stretch marks.

The procedure

The first step in any procedure is to have an exam by medical staff to ensure there are no contraindications to your health. These contraindications could include medical conditions or medications a patient uses. A simple blood draw is then performed to extract the necessary amount that is needed, approximately 20 milliliters.

The blood is placed into a centrifuge and spun down to separate the plasma from the red blood cells. The plasma is then drawn up into a syringe for injection. Since the plasma is a thin serum, it is able to be placed in a narrow needle and with limited pain on injection.

The area where the PRP is to be injected will be numbed topically or via injection. Once the patient is comfortable and the area is anesthetized, the procedure can begin by injecting the plasma into the skin. In conjunction with the injections, a medical grade microneedling pen can also be used.

Why microneedling?

Microneedling sheds off the dead skin and stimulates collagen production. It creates a fine amount of inflammation, which will, in turn, enhance the PRP therapy to show better results faster. This stimulates the production of collagen and creates microtrauma in the skin to create the inflammation needed to trigger the healing response in the PRP.

If you’re looking for a natural approach for rejuvenating your skin, platelet rich plasma therapy may be an option for you!

Diana Hardy, PA-C, MS

Diana Hardy, PA-C is the Physician’s Assistant at Northwoods Family Physical Medicine in Green Bay. Northwoods Family Physical Medicine has been using regenerative medicine in the Upper Midwest to help the community live a full, active life. To schedule your complimentary consultation, call the office at 920-301-3024 or visit

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