As we age, signs of oxidative stress begin to appear on our skin. This oxidative stress can lead to cosmetic concerns such as hyperpigmentation, discoloration, uneven skin tone, wrinkles, and inflammation.1 These signs are especially noticeable and bothersome when they occur on our faces.
Many physicians are using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy to address these problems in patients. IPL is a non-invasive skin protocol that treats sun damage, brown spots, freckles, inflammation, and unwanted hair.
Similar to lasers, IPL works by producing controlled thermal damage to the skin. It uses specific wavelengths, pulse intervals, pulse durations, and fluences in a pulsed burst of light.2 However, IPL penetrates to the second layer of skin without harming the first layer, so it’s less damaging to the skin than lasers. IPL can be used to remove or minimize the appearance of:
The skin’s pigment cells absorb the light energy which is converted to heat. The heat destroys the pigment to minimize the unwanted darker areas of the skin. In the case of unwanted hair, the light energy penetrates the hair follicles where it’s converted to heat, destroying the targeted follicles.
While intense pulsed light therapy is usually well-tolerated, it’s common for patients to experience redness and swelling after the procedure. It’s also possible to experience bruising, blistering, or infection after IPL treatment.3 In addition, intervals of three to four weeks between IPL treatments are required to allow for adequate healing of the skin.4
Fortunately, the addition of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to IPL treatment sessions can decrease some of these negative side effects and shorten the time required between sessions.
When used after IPL, PRP helps reduce IPL side effects like inflammation, as well as decrease recovery time.
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.5
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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