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What You Need to Know About PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) for Healthier, Younger Looking Skin in Houston

3/19/2018

In the world of plastic surgery and regenerative medicine, the possible ways to utilize the healing effects of your own platelets and growth factors continues to be ever growing.  Houston based board-certified physicians, Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi, are pleased to offer the latest in PRP (also known as Platelet Rich Plasma) options.  In their Houston office, PRP is incorporated into multiple treatments, including as a dermal filler, along with microneedling and for hair regrowth.

How does PRP work?

Blood is made up of a liquid component called plasma and solid components, such as red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Platelets are the cells that help with blood clotting, but they also contain multiple growth factors which aid in the body’s repair mechanism. At the site of any damage (such as a cut), these platelets come together to proliferate growth factors which act as part of a healing cascade. Growth factors stimulate fibroblasts. These are the cells responsible for making collagen during this process. New skin cells, collagen and elastin are made to help with overall skin restoration. This remarkable discovery was initially used in the world of sports joint injury but has spread to involve the cosmetic beauty field where skin rejuvenation and hair growth are only the first of many proven benefits with PRP treatments.

How do we get your PRP?

All of the procedures offered at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics involving PRP are simple, in-office procedures. The process of collecting PRP is also very simple and is performed by one of our board-certified physicians.  We collect a sterile same of blood from the patient’s arm and place it in a specific centrifuge that separates blood from plasma (the liquid part of the blood) that has a high concentration of platelets. This “liquid gold” (called this because the plasma is a rich, glistening gold color) is used as needed.

Microneeding with PRP

Microneedling with PRP is one of the most organic facial rejuvenation treatments currently offered. By making purposeful micro-injuries to the skin via an automated microneedling device (such as the SkinPen®) the body starts its own healing cascade. Your own body calls to action its platelets from the blood stream and, in turn, increases production of growth factors. The benefit of using PRP along with microneedling is that the results are incredibly amplified. Not only is your body naturally increasing production of collagen and elastin, this procedure gives it an extra boost by concentrating the PRP directly into that area, thereby increasing the positive effects. By using your own plasma to boost your body’s ability to grow collagen and elastin, you do not need to introduce any foreign substances into your system.

Patients have noted how fuller, fresher, and firmer their faces become after just one treatment of PRP. Microneedling with PRP addresses fine lines, enlarged pores, wrinkles, discoloration, and sagging skin around the jawline. But the benefits don’t stop at the facial level. It can be used on the neck and décolletage as well. Stretch marks on any area of the skin and scars can also be treated.

PRP in place of a Dermal HA Filler

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is naturally produced by our bodies and in recent years have been used as a dermal filler for multiple facial cosmetic enhancements. Some examples are Juvéderm Ultra, Juvéderm Ultra Plus, Juvéderm Voluma, and Restylane Refyne which can be used for lip augmentation, smoothing out nasolabial folds, cheek contouring, and undereye correction. PRP can be used in some of these locations to add volume and correct any underlying deficits. Unlike other HA fillers, PRP injections use platelets and stem cells from the patient’s own blood to help naturally produce more collage and elastin, which in turn will correct these deficits.  Some patients feel more comfortable knowing they are putting their own blood products back into their bodies instead of a foreign substance.

Platelets are compatible with your body and pose no risk of allergic outcomes. Only those who have blood diseases have been warned or closely monitored regarding PRP therapy. You’ll get increased anti-aging benefits with PRP’s collagen boosting affects What you will love the most is that after the application, your body continues to send signals to produce collagen at the sites of application.

Body By Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics is thrilled to offer PRP treatments to all patients seeking skin rejuvenation. As leaders in the latest Houston beauty procedures, Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi have embraced the wonderful world of PRP treatments. Call today at 281-242-1061 to make a consultation or schedule a treatment to see for yourself the incredible results of PRP facial rejuvenation.

 

Meet Dr. Ravi Somayazula

Dr. Ravi Somayazula practices the full spectrum of plastic and reconstructive surgery while focusing on cosmetic breast and body surgeries as well as non-surgical procedures. He strives to make every patient feel special and respected—not just another person walking through the door. Once you meet Dr. Ravi Somayazula, you will soon understand that his bedside manner is unparalleled, and he will invoke your utmost confidence in his care. He specializes in Breast Augmentation (Implants), Tummy Tucks, Liposuction, Mommy Makeovers, and miraDry®, Botox®, and dermal fillers.

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