PRP Injections in Orange County, California
Smoother skin, fewer wrinkles, a youthful glow—this can be your reality with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections at Total Dermatology, Orange County’s leader in skin health and cosmetic care. PRP works by utilizing your own natural platelets to instruct the body to create new collagen, resulting in tauter, smoother, and better-toned skin. Utilized in various ways, with or without fillers, the platelet solutions can be introduced with injections, by using an automated microneedling system or as a topical addition to resurfacing. At Total Dermatology, we strive to deliver the best PRP injections Irvine has to offer.
PRP rejuvenation often incorporates fillers with PRP – which stands for platelet-rich plasma – to enhance facial shape and volume. It is a simple in-office nonsurgical procedure that uses a concentrated serum processed from your own blood in conjunction with dermal filler to increase the effectiveness and longevity of those fillers, or alone to call in the natural collagen-building process.
A small vial of blood is taken from your arm — less than that normally taken for routine blood tests.
The blood is then placed in a vial and spun in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells and plasma. The process concentrates the platelet count to about 4X normal. It is this PRP – often called “liquid gold” – that is then activated and injected into the skin – or applied topically in a surface regeneration action.
The serum is activated by the addition of simple calcium chloride. The activated plasma serum behaves the same way the body would respond if there were an actual injury – healing platelets rush in to create a rich fibrin mesh. This fibrin mesh, in turn, calls out to natural healing cells, releasing growth factors* and stimulating the process of fibroblast production (the cells that create collagen) to energize and heal. PRP has been used for years to speed joint, tendon, and tissue repair and is a popular treatment for professional athletes such as football players, golfers, and basketball players.
**PRP is an emerging treatment for hair loss
PRP with Fillers
The true “lift” effect is achievable with a combination of fillers, layered with the PRP serum. The fillers provide an instant fill or volume correction, and the PRP – injected above the filler – immediately kick-starts a skin regeneration process. Our Irvine PRP Injections patients can see and feel the effects within minutes as their skin becomes tauter and smoother. Filler products that are used in conjunction with the PRP serum include Radiesse, Restylane Lyft or Restylane or Juvederm Ultra Plus. The use of PRP with fillers not only enhances the skin tone and texture but prolongs the effective filler correction for 3 to 6 months longer than when fillers are used alone.
see some improved textural changes
Patients who don’t want or need fillers can benefit from PRP. The activated PRP serum can be injected just under the skin surface to stimulate the body to make a small amount of its own ‘filler’. Although this will not approximate the same results as you would get from a gel filler such as Restylane or Juvederm, you will still see some improved textural changes. Areas ideal for PRP therapy without filler include:
Fractional laser treatments are known for their ability to resurface the skin. Adding PRP takes laser resurfacing to a new level by accelerating healing and increasing desired new collagen formation. Following your Fraxel Restore or Fraxel Re:Pair treatment, activated PRP serum is applied to skin that is ideally suited to accept the wound-healing platelet serum.
The PRP Facial consists of PRP applied to skin that has been prepared by an automatic microneedle. The microneedling makes tiny “wounds” in the skin which accept the PRP serum and begins the process of collagen creation along with the tissue enhancement from growth factors found in the plasma serum. The video below shows how automatic microneedling is performed.
PRP Injections involve the drawing of blood, so there is some very slight discomfort associated with this process. The pain is very short-lived and is similar to giving blood but on a much smaller scale because far less blood is needed. Other discomfort involved in your treatment will depend on the procedure you choose. Microneedling, fillers, and injections can cause some pain during the process, but laser resurfacing is generally considered pain-free.
As with any medical procedure, PRP treatments do involve some risk. Some are related to the use of PRP and others are introduced based on the procedure you choose to undergo. The highly-skilled team at Total Dermatology makes every effort to minimize these risks, however, and any potential negative effects will be discussed with you prior to your treatment. Typical risks associated with PRP include:
Your exact cost will vary depending on the PRP-related treatment you choose. Fillers tend to be the most expensive because they involve additional products, while injections and microneedling are typically the least costly.
Treatments like microneedling, fillers, and laser skin resurfacing can be performed without the use of PRP and will provide similar results. In these procedures, the PRP is an additional factor believed to provide enhanced benefits.
When it comes to your skin and your health, it really is all about what’s best for you. Total Dermatology understands this, which is why we offer versatile treatments with experienced and highly trained aesthetic professionals led by Dr. Nissan Pilest. Your Total Dermatology transformation awaits.