At Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, now a part of U.S. Dermatology Partners, we are dedicated to assisting patients in the Sterling area with their skin care concerns. Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, therapy has been used in medicine for years as part of wound care, cardiac surgery, and orthopedics. Now entering the cosmetic and skin care fields, patients are discovering the beneficial effects of PRP as a facial resurfacing treatment. Patients in Sterling, VA are turning to Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia for their range of effective skin rejuvenation techniques.
Rather than using a laser, surgery, or medications, PRP therapy makes use of the body’s own restorative properties to heal the skin. Within the blood are platelets that repair damage within the body. The platelets also contain growth factors to stimulate collagen and to heal tissues.
How the PRP procedure works
PRP therapy has been called a vampire facelift due to the use of plasma from the patient’s own blood for the procedure. This minimally invasive procedure involves drawing a small amount of the patient’s blood and spinning it in a centrifuge so the red and white blood cells separate from the platelets and plasma. After being spun in the centrifuge, the clear plasma contains a higher number of platelets, thus the name platelet rich plasma. The material can then be reintroduced to the patient using a microneedling technique to inject it into the target treatment areas.
Advantages of PRP therapy
Because PRP does not use an outside source but rather the patient’s own blood, it is a natural procedure with less chance of an allergic reaction or adverse effect. Besides the fact that the procedure is quick and relatively painless, it also requires little to no post care. PRP is effective for total facial rejuvenation rather than a treatment for a single problem. Skin rejuvenation with this technique can address:
- Skin tone and texture
- Acne scarring
- Loose skin
- Fine lines and wrinkles
If you are interested in learning more about the services and treatments we offer, contact Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia Sterling. 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 Sterling and Centreville locations. Our Sterling location can be reached at (703) 450-5959 and is conveniently located in Suite #105 at 21495 Ridgetop Circle. We accept new patients who are ready for quality, comprehensive dermatological care.