While aging is inevitable, the signs of aging on our skin is something many patients aren't willing to passively accept. Cosmetic procedures to improve the appearance of the skin have been on the rise in recent years. Between 2007 and 2016, the number of non-invasive cosmetic dermatology procedures increased by a whopping 72.7%. 1
Fraxel is one non-invasive cosmetic procedure that has been used since 2004. It is a patented fractional laser technology that can be either ablative or non-ablative. The non-ablative Fraxel laser uses a specific wavelength of light that doesn't damage the top layer of skin. Instead, it works beneath the top surface to produce its regenerative effects. Ablative types (like CO2) actually burn the top layer of skin. They are more aggressive and have longer recovery times.
Fractional laser uses light energy to stimulate skin's repair and regeneration using the body's natural healing response. The light energy stimulates the growth of collagen, rejuvenating the skin cells below the surface to even out the depressions that cause wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks.
One benefit of Fraxel laser over traditional lasers is that Fraxel uses small columns of light energy that treat only a fraction (20-40%) of the skin's surface, leaving surrounding skin intact. This allows for faster healing, increased safety profile, and decreased risk of complications.
Fraxel has been used effectively to treat common conditions such as:
The results speak for themselves and include smoother, more even skin tone, softer texture, tightened skin, and reduced sun damage and scarring.
While Fraxel is usually well-tolerated, it's common for patients to experience redness and swelling after the procedure. In addition, intervals of three to four weeks between Fraxel treatments are required to allow for adequate healing of the skin. 2
Fortunately, the addition of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to fractional laser treatment can decrease some of these negative side effects and shorten the time required between sessions. Using PRP and Fraxel together has also been shown to result in improved appearance over the use of Fraxel alone .
PRP and Fraxel lasers are often used together to reduce fine lines, repair wrinkles, and eliminate pores. Fractional laser combined with PRP has been shown to increase skin elasticity and the amount of collagen 3. The combination treatment also improves the appearance of acne scars. 4
PRP is an especially beneficial addition to fractional carbon dioxide (CO2) laser treatment. Since this ablative technology is more aggressive, burning the top layer of skin, PRP can be used to improve wound healing. Studies have shown that PRP improved wound healing when added to fractional carbon dioxide (CO2) laser resurfacing for wrinkles. 5
PRP stimulates the body's innate healing cascade. When we experience a soft tissue injury, our body responds by delivering a rush of platelet cells. When these platelets are activated, they release several types of growth factors, proteins, and cytokines that play a fundamental role in cell regeneration and tissue healing.
But PRP takes the natural healing response one step further by separating platelets from other blood components and concentrating them. This specially prepared platelet-rich plasma contains 5 to 10 times the concentration of platelets found in whole blood. The concentrated PRP is then delivered into and around the site of injury via injection, stimulating and significantly strengthening the body's healing response. 6
Since PRP is an autologous therapy, using the patient's own blood product, there is no risk of cross reactivity, disease transmission, or immune reaction.
To create a platelet-rich plasma preparation, the following steps are performed:
The entire process takes approximately one hour, including preparation and recovery time. For a complete demonstration of each step of the process, view our instructional video.
The Dr. PRP is an FDA-registered medical device designed to quickly and efficiently prepare patients' blood for PRP therapy.
Our patented design creates high-concentration and high-quality platelet-rich plasma that can be used to stimulate the healing process. This results in tissue regeneration at the targeted site, effectively accelerating normal healing processes.REACH OUT TO LEARN MORE
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