Skin & Aesthetic Surgery of Manhattan
Michelle Henry, MD
Board Certified Dermatologist located in Midtown East, Manhattan, NY
If you want to eliminate skin imperfections like sunspots, wrinkles, or acne scars, PRP provides a safe, effective, nonsurgical treatment option. At Skin & Aesthetic Surgery of Manhattan in the Midtown East neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City, board-certified dermatologist Michelle Henry, MD, proudly offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and microneedling to help both men and women achieve vibrant, youthful skin. To make your appointment, call the office or book online today.
PRP Q & A
What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?
PRP is a type of regenerative medicine that uses your body’s own platelets, or growth factors, to encourage your body’s natural healing process. Many people associate PRP with sports medicine, but it’s actually beneficial for your skin as well.
At Skin & Aesthetic Surgery of Manhattan, Dr. Henry combines PRP therapy with microneedling. During microneedling treatment, Dr. Henry uses a small handheld device to make a series of microscopic puncture wounds across the surface of your skin. Afterward, she carefully applies a PRP solution. The puncture wounds absorb the PRP solution, which causes redness and swelling to subside.
Combined, these two treatments trigger the production of new collagen and elastin, two proteins responsible for keeping your skin firm and youthful. They also provide a safe, nonsurgical treatment that can provide similar results to a traditional face-lift.
Where does platelet-rich plasma come from?
Platelet-rich plasma comes from your own body. Because it’s an all-natural substance, you’re much less likely to experience complications like swelling or infection.
At the beginning of your PRP appointment, Dr. Henry draws a sample of your blood and puts it into a machine called a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins around and separates your platelets from the rest of your blood. Afterward, Dr. Henry takes the concentrated PRP solution and applies it to areas of your face that feature wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, or brown spots.
There are several ways to administer PRP. Sometimes, it’s injected and other times, it’s combined with another type of treatment like microneedling.
Am I a good candidate for PRP treatment?
Only a qualified dermatologist like Dr. Henry can determine if you’re a good candidate for PRP. However, if you’re in good health but unhappy with the appearance of your skin, you’ll probably benefit.
But, not everyone can undergo this therapy. Dr. Henry recommends you avoid this type of treatment if:
- You scar easily
- You use Accutane for acne
- You have eczema
- You have rosacea
- You’re pregnant
You should also avoid PRP treatment if you’ve undergone radiation treatment during the last 12 months.
What is recovery like following PRP treatment?
Following PRP treatment, Dr. Henry applies a special serum to your skin to minimize swelling, redness, and discomfort. She also provides you with a list of recovery instructions. In the first few days after your appointment, avoid direct sunlight and strenuous exercise. You should also avoid drinking alcohol or smoking for at least three days. Within a week’s time, you’ll notice significant improvements in the texture and appearance of your skin.
To schedule your PRP appointment at Skin & Aesthetic Surgery of Manhattan, call the office or book online today.