PRP & the Plasma Facial
Serving Denver, Broomfield, Westminster, Boulder, Arvada, and surrounding areas
The Plasma Facial is an easy, in-office procedure that combines microneedling and your own Platelet Rich Plasma (or PRP).
What is PRP?
Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, is derived from your own blood, using a quick blood draw. The blood is spun down using a proprietary tube that condenses the plasma (a yellowish-clear substance) for maximum benefit.
Inside your blood, among other things, are platelets, whose job it is to form a blood clot when we bleed. Platelets contain a number of substances called growth factors. Growth factors signal the body to repair damaged tissue and rebuild tissue. This is why PRP has become so important in the field of aesthetics, as well as orthopedics, surgery and other medical fields.
PRP contains concentrated growth factors. When injected or applied to an area of the face, these growth factors can signal new collagen and tissue growth, improving skin quality and youthfulness. When you think about it, it’s quite incredible that we are able to harness our body’s own natural healing mechanism to improve beauty, simply by drawing a small amount of blood into a special tube and spinning it down.
One of the most effective areas to use PRP in is the under-eye area. This is an area where the skin gets thin, crepey, saggy and wrinkled. PRP works remarkably well to soften wrinkles, tighten tissue and brighten the under eye. It can be combined with a filler such as Restylane if volume is also needed there.
PRP can theoretically be placed anywhere we would like to see improvement in skin quality. Our patients love PRP for helping generate new collagen growth in the skin – and for giving them a “glow”. Injecting PRP won’t add any volume to the face as fillers do, but can stimulate rapid collagen regeneration.
How It Works
Microneedling uses a small pen-like device with fast moving and very tiny needles to infuse products into the skin. By creating small micro-injuries to the skin, and then infusing healing topical products into those tiny injuries, you are able to rejuvenate the skin, stimulate collagen production, and potentially reduce the look of small scars. Additionally, microneedling is an excellent procedure for improving skin tone and texture.
Topical serums, such as our favorite the Regenica Growth Factor by Obagi, can be used with the microneedling device for their added skin stimulating benefit.
The Plasma Facial takes this fantastic procedure to the next level by using your body’s own most healing agent, your Platelet Rich Plasma (or PRP), to heal and renew this skin. With a quick in office blood draw, your own blood is spun down with a proprietary technique allowing your own plasma (which has a yellowish clear color) to separate for your red blood cells. This plasma is then reformulated and applied to your skin. The microneedling pen drives your plasma into your skin, and stimulates a deep healing response.
We apply a medical-grade growth factor serum onto the skin immediately post-procedure, maximizing the benefits of the procedure.
Because this procedure uses a device to penetrate your dermis, it is a medical procedure and should only be done in a Doctor’s office. We topically numb our patients to make the procedure comfortable. Most patients tolerate the procedure with very little discomfort and minimal healing time.
Who Gets Plasma Facials?
If you suffer from premature wrinkles, have had high levels of sun exposure damage, or if you have tried other methods that have failed, the PRP plasma facial could be an ideal option for you. The procedure is appropriate for almost everyone and works best in a series of 3-6 treatments, spaced at least 2 weeks apart. Your skin will be red the day of the procedure, but healing time is generally less than 48 hours.
If you have a history of blood diseases including clotting or bleeding disorders, it’s best to consult your physician to see if PRP is suitable for you.
What can PRP / Plasma facials be used for?
We’ve seen fantastic results for patients looking to
- Improve skin tone
- Reduce the appearance of small scars
- Tighten lax skin
- Treat ongoing acne
- Stimulate collagen growth
- Smooth out some fine lines and wrinkles
Are Platelet Rich Plasma facials safe?
PRP therapy is a very low risk treatment.
The only complications you might encounter are bruising around the site of treatment, some minor discomfort from the blood draw, and some redness around the treated area on the day of the treatment.
The Stem Cell Facial
The stem cell facial is one of our most exciting treatment options for skin rejuvenation. It’s a Hollywood favorite because it hydrates and revitalizes the skin – leaving your skin with a glow. The treatments combines the power of your own stem cells, found in your fat, with the collagen-inducing effects of microneedling.
A very small amount of your own fat is removed from your body by Dr. Janowski. The area is numbed, and a small cannula is used to draw out a small amount of fat. The amount used is not noticeable enough to leave an indent or irregularity, and the technique used to remove it is quick and almost painless.
The fat is then processed using a series of ever smaller filters – until just your purified, viscous nano-fat remains. Your nano-fat is the smallest particle size and contains stem cells – which are then used to revitalize and rejuvenate your skin. We think of it as sort of a super-charged, superior plasma or PRFM facial.
The nano-fat is then microneedled into your skin – using a small, pen-like device with thin, rapidly moving needles. This allows the stem cells to penetrate into your skin, healing small skin irregularities, hydrating your skin and generating collagen.
The effect is a radiant glow and a healthy looking complexion.
We sometimes combine your nano-fat with PRFM (Platelet Rich Fiber Matrix) for a double-dose of healing and rejuvenation.
The stem-cell facial procedure can be repeated – and you should have minimal downtime. You will have some soreness in the area where the fat was extracted and a small entry point that, with proper care, should resolve easily – and you may have some redness and sensitivity to your face for 24-28 hours. We do advice you avoid strenuous exercise for a few days as you heal.
A stem cell facial is a fantastic add on to a Tickle Liposuction treatment – as you are already removing fat and have more than enough to process for a stem cell facial. You can also add a stem cell facial on to a fat transfer procedure – to multiply the skin rejuvenating powers of your own stem cells.
*Results may vary from patient to patient