Signs of aging include lines and wrinkles around the eyes, and on the forehead, lips, and neck. Premature aging can be caused by excessive sun exposure, tanning beds, smoking, as well as other factors. At Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, now a part of U.S. Dermatology Partners, we are dedicated to helping individuals achieve the results they desire and offer a variety of treatments. One of our innovative facial rejuvenation procedures involves utilizing the patient’s blood to promote the body’s natural healing mechanisms and tissue reorganization potential. This treatment is called PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy.
PRP therapy utilizes components in the blood called platelets, which help in clotting blood at a wound site and repairing damaged blood vessels and cells. Substances in platelets called growth factors activate and rejuvenate the cells in the body. When released, they induce the production of collagen and generation of new capillaries to rejuvenate the skin. Collagen is a protein that keeps the skin firm and supple.
Treatment involves collecting a small amount of the patient’s blood. Then, a specific filter and centrifuge are used to prepare the platelet rich plasma containing autologous white blood cells. These are injected into the treatment area. Treatment typically lasts about 30 to 60 minutes. Patients will need a series of treatment sessions to achieve optimal results.
Patients can enjoy several benefits from treatment. PRP therapy can be ideal for treating lines and wrinkles because there is no risk of allergic reaction since we utilize the patient’s blood. This minimizes the risk of infection or rejection from the body. There is no downtime, allowing patients to resume normal activities or return to work after treatment.
If you are bothered by lines and wrinkles and want to explore an innovative solution, we recommend scheduling a consultation with one of our board certified dermatologists. The dermatologist will carefully examine the area you want to be treated, review your medical history, and ask you about medications you may take. If you are a candidate for treatment, a plan will be tailored to meet your individual needs. To schedule a consultation, contact Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia Centreville. We assist patients of all ages in our state-of-the-art facility. We provide medical and cosmetic dermatology solutions to men and women at both our Centreville and Sterling locations. Our Centreville location can be reached at (703) 222-2773 and is conveniently located in Suite #301 at 13880 Braddock Road. We accept new patients who are ready for quality, comprehensive dermatological care.