What is PRP?

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy involves using your own blood-serum, which has been enriched with your own platelets containing various growth factors, in order to remodel and repair skin damage and create a new skin. Growth factors in serum and platelets are the main agents that stimulate and repair the skin. Dr. Parvin Shafa of OC MedDerm in Irvine, Orange County CA are experts in PRP treatment for cosmetics.

Natural look with natural injections

Skin rejuvenation with your own safe, natural, and effective serum, resulting in fresh and youthful new skin.This is the best treatment for treating dark circles and thinning of the skin under the eyes as well as lip wrinkles and age-related changes.

How do we stimulate natural skin rejuvenation?

We use our own advanced special skin rejuvenation protocol to perform micro-needling in conjunction with PRP. We combine our experience and expertise with the additive rejuvenating effect of these two procedures in order to achieve the best outcome.

What is micro-needling and how is it performed?

Microneedling is a type of controlled, painless physical injury that is performed on the skin in order to trigger a healing and repair cascade. After numbing your skin with topical cream, we use a pen-like device for micro-needling that creates hundreds of tiny channels in the skin. This first step injures the skin in order to provoke a healing cascade. In order to help speed and intensify the repair and rejuvenation of your skin, we inject and apply your own processed serum “PRP” to the skin. Here you can watch a video of microneedling.

Is PRP treatment a new science?

No, PRP has been used for its wound healing ability for decades in various medical fields, including orthopedic, plastic, and dental surgeries as well as dermatology. It has also been used clinically for skin rejuvenation in mesotherapy procedures.

How is the serum obtained and processed?

After answering all of your questions, we apply numbing cream to the area of planned treatment. While you are waiting for the cream to work, we draw a tube of your blood and separate the red blood cells from the serum-containing platelets, which are rich in substances that repair injured tissue.

We then process the serum in order to increase platelet concentration. Afterwards, we activate your serum with concentrated platelets to release growth factors and other enzymes that stimulate cellular regeneration and new skin growth. At this time, your processed serum is ready to be inserted into the skin in order to start the repair of injured skin. PRP provides nourishment to the skin in order to repair and build new skin in the areas where micro-needling has been performed.

What can be improved using microneedling with

Many skin issues can be improved with microneedling with PRP, including;

  • Skin texture, color and tone inconsistencies
  • Broken capillaries and large pores
  • Scars, such as acne, burn or surgical scars
  • Aging and skin discoloration resulting from sun damage
  • Fine wrinkles and skin thinning.

Who is a candidate for microneedling with PRP?

Microneedling with PRP is available to almost anyone because it is a natural procedure with minimal side effects. It is particularly ideal for candidates with darker skin.

Can the procedure be repeated for a better result?

Yes. In fact, we recommend repeating the treatment three times over the course of several months. We will instruct you regarding how to continue nourishing your skin in-between treatments so that you can achieve optimal final results. Since people are constantly exposed to skin-damaging agents and are subjected to the effects of aging, patients may choose to repeat this type of skin rejuvenation from time to time in order to maintain ideal skin health.

Can this procedure be combined with other procedures?

Yes, at OC MedDerm you can see Dr. Parvin Shafa for a free skin evaluation with no obligation. Your particular skin issues and goals will be discussed and a treatment plan will be formulated. Your skin goals, of course, are up to you. We can combine the above treatment with fillers, Botox, laser or even surgery, if it is part of your treatment plan. Microneedling can also be performed without PRP. In this treatment, we use topical products rather than serum in order to achieve milder skin rejuvenation. Does this procedure hurt? Before the procedure, we apply topical cream to the skin while you are waiting for your blood to be processed. This is sufficient to perform the procedure with rarely any discomfort. As you know, some people have very low threshold for pain. If you are nervous about the procedure, we can also administer other pain management medications to ensure that you will walk out of our office with the ideal experience.

How much time does the procedure take?

The office procedure takes about an hour and downtime is typically three to four days, depending on multiple factors that will be discussed during your free consultation.

How much does microneedling with PRP cost?

Compared to alternative procedures for skin rejuvenation, such as multiple laser sessions, our advanced and unique microneedling with PRP protocol will provide better results with less cost.