Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy in Rancho Cucamonga
Unlock the natural anti-aging power of your own body with a little help from the experienced skincare team at Inland Cosmetic Surgery
Chances are you’ve heard about PRP treatments over the last few years, whether from your favorite athlete, big-name celebrity, or friend who swears by them. With terms like “vampire” floating around this popular facial, PRP can seem a little daunting. But there’s a very good reason we’ve seen more and more patients booking treatment—PRP therapy is a fantastic way to treat a number of concerns, give your complexion an overall boost in health and appearance, and enjoy all-natural results.
- What is PRP?
- How does PRP work?
- What can PRP treat?
- Does PRP treatment hurt?
- Who performs PRP treatments?
What is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a highly concentrated solution derived from your own blood, which is made up of a variety of very small solid components suspended in plasma: stem cells, red cells, white cells, and platelets. After drawing your blood and isolating the platelets from blood cells through a special centrifugation process, we are left with plasma that is packed with a large concentration of platelets.
The primary role of platelets in our blood is to help form clots and stop bleeding, but they also perform an important function in the healing process. Within platelets, there are groups of proteins (“growth factors”) that stimulate tissue growth and create new cells.
How does PRP work?
Think of this concentration of platelets as a way to enhance, support, and repair the systems that already exist in your skin. As we get older, these systems change or slow down, production of collagen and elastin wanes, and we start to see signs of sagging, wrinkles and fine lines, and crepey textures.
By “dosing” your skin with extra platelets and regenerative growth factors, we can encourage your skin to replenish skin cells, provide a matrix to promote new production of collagen and elastin, and help regenerate tissue.
What can PRP treat?
There are many different ways we utilize PRP here at Inland Cosmetic Surgery. In addition to providing your skin with a boost that helps you look younger, we can also use PRP to treat specific conditions like acne scarring and hair thinning.
Disregard misleading “vampire” facial terminology—we are not taking your blood and then reapplying it to your face. In fact, while PRP may have a slight pink tinge and some blood at the top, it is usually a rich yellow color. We use two primary modes of delivering PRP to your skin: microneedling and direct injection.
Microneedling with PRP
Microneedling with an infusion of PRP is a fantastic way to soften the appearance of fine lines, improve the texture of your skin, and give you an overall healthy glow—and it is one of our most popular PRP options.
Because microneedling has regenerative powers as a means of mechanically inducing your body’s healing response through micro-injuries, combining it with PRP gives your skin a double boost in skin-loving collagen production.
If you have more severe concerns, like acne scars or pitting, deeper creases, or even areas of uneven skin tone, you could benefit from a deeper infusion of PRP. Instead of applying it topically and relying on microneedling to channel it into the skin, we can directly inject the PRP deeper into the skin in areas where you would like to see more dramatic improvement.
PRP for hair loss
If you’ve noticed that your hair is thinning, PRP has been shown to be an effective option for slowing hair loss and increasing hair count. The same growth factors in PRP that can help your skin regenerate new cells can also stimulate hair follicle activity.
We inject your PRP directly into the scalp, where it is believed to prompt hair follicles to stay in the growth phase for a longer period of time, helping to make the hair you already have thicker and fuller.
Does PRP treatment hurt?
Most patients find PRP treatment very tolerable. Your appointment will begin with us drawing a small sample of blood, which is what our patients find to be the most uncomfortable part of the process.
If you have opted for microneedling with PRP, it’s very rare that a patient experiences discomfort during treatment because the microneedles used are so tiny. The sensation is more of a slight irritation. PRP injections, on the other hand, can feel slightly painful—particularly when made in the scalp. We can discuss your pain tolerance and use a topical numbing agent to make sure you stay comfortable.
Who should perform PRP treatments?
PRP procedures should only be performed by licensed providers with formal medical training. At Inland Cosmetic Surgery, PRP treatments are performed by our licensed physicians (cosmetic surgeons), physician assistant, or registered nurse, all of whom have specialized training in PRP techniques.