Khrom Dermatology & Aesthetics is known for providing some of the most advanced and innovative rejuvenation treatments in Brooklyn, NY. One of our favorite techniques is PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), which harnesses the natural healing power of your body. This versatile treatment can be used for hair loss treatment or skin rejuvenation, with equally spectacular results. Patients love it for many reasons, including the fact that there is virtually no risk of allergic reaction, because the product is derived from your own blood.
What is PRP?
The human body has tremendous healing and rejuvenating power, much of which can be attributed to the blood. It contains platelets, which facilitate clotting and healing after an injury. Within blood platelets are cytokines, growth factors (GF), and other components that help restore damaged tissue. By separating and concentrating these healing factors, we create a powerful rejuvenation serum from your own body. PRP has been used medicinally and aesthetically with great success. Common applications include treatment of wounds, hastening post-surgical healing, stimulating hair growth, and restoring aged or sun damaged skin.
What to expect
PRP is produced by spinning blood in a centrifuge. That might sound like a scene from a mad scientist’s laboratory, but it’s actually a straightforward and efficient two-step process.
- The first step is drawing a small amount of blood. We use gentle and precise techniques to minimize discomfort.
- The blood is placed into the centrifuge and processed for about ten minutes, causing PRP to separate.
Processed PRP is applied in different ways, depending on the treatment.
PRP facial rejuvenation
This skin rejuvenation treatment gained widespread attention several years ago with an infamous Instagram post by celebrity Kim Kardashian West. However, it wasn’t just another passing fad. It has continued to gain popularity and become a staple of many patient’s antiaging plan. The reason is simple – it produces beautiful results with minimal side effects and no downtime. Because PRP is derived from your own blood, there is virtually no risk of allergic reaction.
The procedure combines microneedling, a proven therapeutic technique, with the rejuvenating power of PRP. The standard microneedling process is performed with a small roller or other device containing a multitude of extremely fine, short needles. When the device is rolled over the surface of skin, microneedles pierce the surface. Due to their small size and limited depth, patients experience minimal discomfort during the procedure. However, the body responds to these tiny punctures as “injuries,” which triggers rapid development of new collagen.
When PRP serum is applied during the microneedling procedure, it facilitates faster healing and improves results of both treatments. Microneedling opens channels in the skin, allowing the PRP to easily reach deep tissue layers. This stimulates cellular rejuvenation and healing of damages caused by sun exposure and the ravages of time.
PRP hair loss treatment
To understand how PRP helps, we need to examine exactly what hair loss is. In truth, a healthy hair has a short lifecycle. The average adult loses about 100 hairs every day, which is perfectly normal. It shouldn’t diminish the overall number of hairs, because just as many new ones are growing. Often, what we think of as hair loss would be better described as a malfunction of the hair growth cycle.
Various conditions can damage follicles, causing them to grow hair more slowly, shed it more quickly, or become completely inactive. Hairs that do grow from damaged follicles may be smaller in diameter. As follicles become less active, we begin to notice thinning, because there are fewer hairs present. If all the follicles in an area are inactive, we see a bald spot or receding hairline, because no hairs are growing.
For over a decade, the proven healing power of PRP has been used to restore injured joints and wounded flesh. Within the past few years, innovative dermatologists such as Dr. Khrom have been using it to heal and restore hair follicles, with wonderful results. In this procedure, prepared PRP is injected at strategic locations on the scalp. It works gradually, with regular treatments gradually decreasing in frequency over a course of several months to a couple of years.
Benefits of PRP therapy
You might be surprised to learn how many therapeutic compounds are present in blood and concentrated in PRP serum. They include:
- Keratinocyte Growth Factor – helps create optimum conditions for tissue regeneration
- Collagen Stimulating Growth Factor – stimulates development of granulocyte and macrophage, which encourage tissue growth
- Platelet-Derived Growth Factor – promotes collagen formation by drawing macrophages and fibroblasts to the treatment area
- Fibroblast Growth Factor – promotes tissue repair and healing
- Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor – may assist in vascular rejuvenation
- Transforming Growth Factor – promotes healthy new vascular tissue development
- Epidermal Growth Factor – vital for cellular growth
- Other important components – Mast cells, keratinocytes, osteoblasts, interleukins, macrophages, endothelial cells, lymphocytes, fibroblasts, and basophils (enhance collagen growth and proteoglycan synthesis)
Why choose PRP therapy from Khrom Dermatology & Aesthetics
Dr. Khrom is board-certified, fellowship trained and nationally renowned as a leader in aesthetic medicine and dermatology. She and her exceptional team adhere to the highest standards of safety, sanitation, clinical excellence, and patient care. You can rest assured knowing that your treatment is in excellent hands.
If you are considering PRP therapy, or any other dermatology treatment, please call us at 718-615-4002 and schedule a consultation.
BEFORE AND AFTER
* Individual results may vary