Feeling like your skin could use a boost? There’s a new procedure using what your body already produces – Platelet Rich Plasma.
Platelets are two-fold: They are cells in the body which initially respond to trauma by initiating a clotting cascade to stop bleeding. In addition, platelets also initiate the healing process by releasing various cytokines and growth factors which stimulate wound healing and collagen formation.
To help with healing wounds post-op, platelets have been used extensively and can now renew skin by introducing collagen.
The Breakdown of How It Works
Platelets are isolated from the bloodstream by drawing blood and filtering the blood through a specialized filter using a centrifuge.
The red blood cells are then removed leaving a clear layer called the platelet-rich plasma or PRP.
The PRP is then applied to the desired areas using micro needling or directly injected into the area. Microneedling is virtually painless creating hundreds of tiny, invisible punctures in the skin. These include dermal rollers and/or specialized devices such as the SkinPen, Dermapen, or MicroPen.
How is Eclipse PRP HC Different?
The Eclipse system provides a high volume of high concentration PRP making it a very effective system to generate PRP. This patented technology is very straightforward – it involves a simple blood draw and 10-minute centrifuge cycle.
What To Expect
Once purified, the PRP is used to treat the skin and applied by directly injecting into the area. Microneedling devices are rolled or glided over the skin making small holes of variable depths: 0.5mm to 2.5mm. The holes provide a channel where PRP can be delivered to the deeper skin layers. The stimulation that micro-needling provides paired with collagen induction increases the effect PRP provides – leaving skin smoother, softer, and even more beautiful with time.
Dr. John Burns is a Dallas Plastic Surgeon and Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Burns is a member of the prestigious Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Burns, click on his profile or call his office at 214-515-0002. Dr. John Burns has been named Top10MD since 2014. Top10MD is an honor only 1-in-3 doctors succeed with this recognition in the United States.