Grace Wong, M.D.
Internal Medicine located in Burbank, CA
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is one of the most highly sought-after nonsurgical aesthetic treatments in the nation. Grace Wong, MD is one of the area’s leading PRP specialists and uses this powerful treatment tool to help hundreds of men and women from Burbank, California, move closer to their highest aesthetic potential. If you’re curious about what platelet-rich plasma can do for you, book an appointment today. You can schedule by phone or try the simple online scheduling tool.
What is platelet-rich plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a solution created from a small volume of your own blood. This all-natural product harnesses your body’s innate healing power to help you look your best.
Your blood contains a mix of solids and liquids. The solid components include red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Platelets work to enable blood clotting and also contain hundreds of growth factors, proteins that aid in the healing process.
The liquid component of blood is a light yellow liquid called plasma. Your plasma transports nutrients and proteins where they’re needed, and also plays a role in eliminating cellular waste.
Platelet-rich plasma is made by drawing a small amount of your blood and placing it in a centrifuge, which spins the sample until the solids separate from the liquids. The platelets are collected and reintroduced into the isolated plasma, creating a concentrated solution of natural healing power.
How is platelet-rich plasma used in aesthetic applications?
There are numerous ways PRP is used in aesthetic treatments, but the underlying process is always the same. This concentrated natural product works to prompt your body’s healing ability.
PRP stimulates the production of new collagen, improves blood flow, reduces inflammation, and enables accelerated cellular turnover. Platelet-rich plasma is used to treat arthritis, speed healing after surgery or injury, and increase circulation.
Some of the more popular aesthetic applications for PRP include:
- Promoting collagen production to smooth lines and wrinkles
- Addressing uneven skin texture and tone
- Promoting new hair growth
- Restoring optimal function in vaginal walls
- Addressing signs of aging in the hands or decolletage
- Creating a more youthful and well-rested appearance
Platelet-rich plasma is the subject of many ongoing studies to learn more about the power of this all-natural and minimally invasive treatment option.
How is platelet-rich plasma administered?
There are several different ways to deliver platelet-rich plasma, and Dr. Wong explains the method best suited for your needs. The most simple approach is a topical application on the surface of your skin, often done as part of a professional facial.
A more effective way to make the most of PRP is by incorporating it into microneedling, a treatment that creates hundreds of tiny channels into the deeper layer of your skin.
Another option is to deliver PRP exactly where needed through a series of injections. This is the approach taken during hair growth treatment.
If you have questions or concerns about platelet-rich plasma, reach out to Dr. Wong to book a consultation. Online scheduling makes it easy to find a time that fits your busy schedule, or you’re welcome to call or stop by the office to set up a visit.