Fine facial lines, wrinkles, and acne scarring are a source of frustration and embarrassment, yet no amount of expensive over-the-counter moisturizers or creams can offer permanent improvement for aging skin. However, over the last few years, innovative treatments, such as medical microneedling, have become available at the cosmetic surgeon’s office. Creating microinjuries in the skin, these mildly invasive techniques can kick start collagen production to restore firmer, smoother skin.

Although microneedling can provide effective results on its own, by adding cutting-edge Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Kansas City’s Dr. Jerome Lamb can offer even better skin rejuvenation results.

Before and immediately after microneedling with PRP

Platelet Rich Plasma with Dr. Lamb

A game-changing treatment option, PRP is defined as an autologous concentration of plasma, with a high count of platelets. Derived from the patient’s own blood, PRP offers 16 platelet-derived growth factors, primarily responsible for restoring a strong, healthy foundation for the skin. Referred to by some skin experts as ‘Liquid Gold’, PRP dramatically speeds tissue healing and encourages skin rejuvenation.

Research has shown that as PRP elevates the skin’s collagen production, increases moisture, reduces pore size, and smooths acne scarring. Techniques such as medical microneedling, which slowly restore skin tone and texture, can benefit from the addition of PRP. On its own, microneedling’s collagen boost can take up to a year to complete. However, with the addition of PRP, this process is accelerated, taking only about three months.

Platelet Rich Plasma Can Improve:

  • Moderate scarring from acne or trauma
  • Fine lines and deep creases
  • Large pores
  • Crepey Skin
  • Stretch marks
  • Lax tissue
  • Poor skin texture

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Jerome Lamb to determine if PRP could be right for you. At this time, Dr. Lamb will review your medical history, discuss current medications, and evaluate the facial tissues. The benefits and limitations of PRP will be discussed in detail, as well as the techniques for medical microneedling. If PRP is determined as the best technique, Dr. Lamb will create a personalized treatment geared to meet your aesthetic goals.

Platelet Rich Plasma Statistics

  • Platelets play a major role in blood clotting, hence their importance to tissue healing.
  • Benefits of PRP were first discovered in the 1970s, but was not widely used until the 1990s.
  • Today, PRP is used in numerous fields of medicine, including cosmetic surgery, dermatology, sports medicine, and periodontic dentistry.
  • PRP has an established role in the replication of stem cells and collagen repair.
  • PRP is safe, with no chance for allergic reaction or rejection.

Microneedling and the Application of PRP

As part of an in-office technique, PRP and medical microneedling generally takes about an hour to complete. The exact time frame of treatment will depend on the individual patient and the techniques involved. While the treatment is not considered painful, Dr. Lamb will utilize a topical anesthetic for optimal patient comfort.

To get started, a blood sample is drawn, similar to the amount taken during routine lab work. Using a specially designed centrifuge, the blood is then separated and sterilized. The processed blood is then ready to be used, either applied topically or administered with a small needle, underneath the top layer of skin.

The recovery from a PRP treatment will vary according to the specific technique used. Medical microneedling does not require any downtime, although the skin may be red and tender for the first several days. Most PRP injections are well-tolerate, although the injection site may be sore and slightly swollen for the first 48 hours. Dr. Lamb will carefully explain what to expect from your recovery period, as well as any unique products that will need to be applied during this time.

Platelet Rich Plasma in Kansas City

If you still have questions about the science behind PRP, or the medical microneedling technique, contact Dr. Lamb’s office at 816.795.5262. Our patient coordinator will answer your questions, as well as assist in scheduling a confidential consultation at our Independence, Missouri office. During your initial appointment, the exact cost of treatment will be established and all of your payment options will be reviewed.

Platelet Rich Plasma — FAQ

What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma, also known as PRP, is a high concentration of platelets, derived from each patient’s own blood. The innovative PRP treatment has been shown to speed tissue healing and restore the skin’s collagen production, amplifying the benefits of treatments such as medical microneedling.

How is PRP applied?
Application of PRP can vary. The concentration can be used topically, following a medical microneedling treatment or administered with a small needle, directly under the top layer of tissue.

Am I a good candidate for PRP?
Almost anyone can make a potential candidate for treatment with PRP. Both men and women, in overall good health, may find PRP improves the quality of their skin, smoothing wrinkles and creases. An ideal patient will understand the PRP treatment process and hold realistic expectations for their final results. PRP is may not be right for patients with severe anemia, low platelet count, abnormal platelet function, or active systemic infection.

When can I return to work following a PRP or medical micro needling treatment?
Depending on the specific PRP technique used, most patients are able to return to work the same afternoon, or the following day. No downtime is required after a microneedling session, although the skin may be slightly red or tender right after treatment.

What are the potential side-effects or complications seen with PRP?
PRP injections are derived from your own blood, making the treatment extremely safe, with virtually no chance for rejection or allergic reaction. As with any mildly invasive technique, there is always a small chance for scarring or infection. To avoid complications, it is advised that patients only put their trust in an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Jerome Lamb.