Most of us know that the platelets in our blood allow the blood to clot, stemming blood flow when the skin is wounded. But blood platelets also are powerful healing agents, containing a series of fundamental growth factors.
At Saltz Plastic Surgery and Saltz Spa Vitoria, we condense blood platelets into a healing serum known as PRP (platelet-rich plasma) to rejuvenate our patients’ skin.
What is PRP (platelet-rich plasma)?
Platelet-rich plasma starts with a sample of the patient’s blood. The blood is put into a centrifuge and the red blood cells are removed. What remains has high concentrations of platelets, along with white blood cells and plasma — it is now platelet-rich plasma.
PRP has been used for years by professional athletes to speed healing after surgery or an injury. It has been used for healing of the joints, tendons, and muscles. At Saltz Plastic Surgery and Saltz Spa Vitoria, we now use PRP to “heal” skin problems such as sun damage and acne scarring.
Where can PRP be used?
The rejuvenation power of platelet-rich plasma can be used on most skin problems. We use it to return volume to faces that are beginning to show the effects of volume loss due to the body’s declining collagen production that comes with natural aging. It is also effective for filling out cheek indentations, for softening under eye hollows, and to improve skin tone, firmness, and texture. It can lessen the appearance of fine lines, acne scars, and stretch marks.
What is involved in a PRP session at Saltz Spa Vitoria?
The PRP treatment begins with a blood draw, about the same amount taken for routine blood work. We then place the blood in a centrifuge and separate out the red blood cells. The remaining fluid contains white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. The platelet numbers are now concentrated with platelet-rich plasma, containing usually about four times the normal amount found in typical blood.
Next, we “activate” the PRP serum with calcium chloride. When injected back into target areas of the face, this activated PRP serum triggers a wound response in the skin, where healing platelets create a rich fibrin mesh, initiating the production of new collagen (the skin’s basic support protein).
At Saltz Spa Vitoria, we can add platelet-rich plasma to a number of treatments. We include it with microneedling and we inject it directly into areas needing attention. There really isn’t a limit to where we feel PRP can be beneficial, so we’re continuing to explore new ways to incorporate it into our treatments.
Frequently Asked Questions
Saltz Spa Vitoria proudly serves patients from Salt Lake City, Park City and surrounding areas, including Evanston and Green River, WY. If you are interested in PRP, contact our Salt Lake City office at (801) 274-9500 or our Park City office at (435) 655-6612. You can also connect with us by filling out our online Contact form here.