Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) at a Glance
Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, is rich component of the blood. It contains a high concentration of growth factors that stimulate healing, reduce scarring and promote a youthful appearance
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a safe and effective facial rejuvenation treatment option. Dr. Stephen Weber is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon in Denver, CO, who uses PRP therapy to provide his patients with treatment results that match their aesthetic goals.
PRP is a rich component of the blood that contains a high concentration of growth and healing factors. PRP therapy involves taking blood from a patient, separating the blood into red blood cell and PRP components, and injecting the PRP component back into the patient. PRP therapy is very effective because it harnesses the power of the body’s own growth factors to rejuvenate the facial area. Fine lines, wrinkles, and scars can all be improved using PRP therapy. PRP therapy can also be used to promote healing and speed recovery after many facial aesthetic treatments.
Dr. Weber administers PRP as an outpatient procedure in one of his comfortable office suites. No anesthesia or IV sedation is necessary. Topical numbing cream is applied so the patient does not feel pain or discomfort. The steps used to carry out the procedure are as follows:
- Blood is gently taken from the patient’s arm using a small needle and syringe
- The blood is placed in a centrifuge and separated into red blood cell and PRP components
- Tiny needle pricks are made over facial areas where PRP is to be administered
- PRP is administered into the facial areas through a very tiny blunt cannula
The use of a cannula rather than a needle tremendously benefits patients because their skin, soft tissues, and muscles experience less trauma. After PRP has been administered, no stitches or adhesives are placed on the skin. Dr. Weber gently wipes the facial area to remove the topical anesthetic cream. In most cases, the procedure only takes about fifteen minutes.
Patients are able to leave the office and return to normal activities shortly after their procedure. Some swelling and redness may be seen after the procedure but will quickly go away. Ice may be used to help speed up the process. The average total recovery time for the procedure is zero to two days.
Patients often seek to improve problems in facial areas where there is very thin skin and very little muscle. These areas include the following:
- The eyes
- The nasolabial folds
- The cheeks (smile lines)
PRP provides nutrition to these areas and rehydrates the skin. It also repairs and rejuvenates damaged and aged tissues. Patients typically see marked improvements in the appearance of their face shortly after their procedure. Depending on the condition of the patient and their aesthetic goals, multiple treatments may be used. Typically, treatments are spaced at one-month intervals.
Men and women who wish to improve the appearance of their face may be candidates for PRP therapy. The procedure is generally performed on patients who have a positive mindset, realistic goals, and no serious medical conditions. Patients who have skin conditions may not be candidates for the procedure. Patients who smoke are advised to stop before and after their procedure because smoking interferes with the body’s natural healing processes. The definitive way for patients to determine their candidacy is to attend an initial consultation with Dr. Weber.
Dr. Weber believes that every patient is different. Your initial consultation with him will be a thorough one. The first part of your consultation will consist of the following:
- The taking of a detailed medical history
- The performance of a visual and physical examination
- The taking of pictures for comparative purposes
After Dr. Weber has obtained important information regarding your condition, he will have an in-depth discussion with you regarding your goals. He will patiently listen and then explain your treatment options. Together, you will create a customized treatment plan tailored to your needs. Before your consultation is over, Dr. Weber will invite you to ask any questions or state any concerns so he can properly answer/address them. You will leave your consultation completely at ease and comfortable with your decision to receive treatment.
Choosing a doctor is an intimate decision; working with a doctor as "human" as Dr. Weber is a luxury. I have greatly enjoyed working with Dr. Weber as he is extremely talented, patient, thorough, and kind.
- 5 stars
- drcarolina , Lone Tree, Colorado
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Are there risks associated with PRP therapy?
The specific risks associated with PRP therapy are very minimal. This is due to the following factors:
- The nature of the therapy. PRP comes from the patient’s body.
- Weber’s expertise. All precautions and safety measures are taken to completely minimize risks.
Patients who attend an initial consultation with Dr. Weber find that the benefits of surgery far outweigh the risks.
Can PRP therapy be used for aesthetic purposes other than facial rejuvenation?
PRP therapy can be used for different aesthetic purposes. The most common of which include the following:
- Improvement in the appearance of scars formed by surgery, acne, or injury
- Hair thickening and regrowth
- More rapid healing after skin treatments or surgery
PRP therapy can also be used as a complement to various facial plastic surgery procedures, including MicroPen treatments, hair loss treatments, CO2 laser resurfacing, blepharoplasty, facelift, and browlift.
What is the difference between Botox, fillers, and PRP therapy?
Botox, fillers, and PRP therapy are used to achieve similar results. The main difference between the treatment options is that PRP is something that is taken directly from the patient. Botox and fillers are manufactured drugs.
How do I know what minimally invasive treatment option is right for me?
Botox, fillers, and PRP therapy all produce great results. The only way to definitely know which is right for your condition and goals is to attend an initial consultation with Dr. Weber.
Is it important to receive PRP therapy from a facial plastic surgeon?
A facial plastic surgeon is the most qualified medical professional to administer PRP. When you choose Dr. Weber as your facial plastic surgeon, you can be assured that you are being treated by someone who understands all aspects of facial anatomy, aesthetics, and surgery.
Does Dr. Weber commonly perform PRP procedures?
Dr. Weber commonly performs PRP procedures as single procedures or in conjunction with other facial plastic surgery procedures.
Can I see pictures of some of the patients Dr. Weber has treated using PRP therapy?
Dr. Weber will gladly show you before and after pictures of patients who had facial features similar to yours. He will provide you with very specific details regarding how your results will be similar and different to the patients in the pictures. You will know exactly what type of results to expect following your procedure.
Can PRP therapy be used to improve the appearance of my double chin?
PRP therapy cannot be used to treat the appearance of a double chin or promote fat loss. The only FDA-approved treatment option for a double chin is Kybella. To learn more about this unique treatment option, please visit Dr. Weber’s Kybella page.
Will I have a scar after my PRP procedure?
Dr. Weber makes tiny needle pricks over areas where PRP will be administered. This needle prick will form a scar that is only visible using magnification devices. The scar will not in any way be noticeable. The only thing you will be able to see from your PRP procedure is the results.
How do I arrange my initial consultation with Dr. Weber?
To arrange your initial consultation with Dr. Weber, please contact our office in Denver, CO. One of our office staff members will take your call and schedule your consultation as soon as possible.
* Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.