Your body continuously makes new cells and repairs damaged cells, but as you age, your body’s ability to repair and create cells slows. Nowhere is this more apparent than on your skin, with fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration. At Cryo Body Doc in Oakton, Virginia, David Allingham, MD, MS uses platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) therapy to stimulate and support cellular repair and growth. Call Cryo Body Doc or schedule a consultation online today to learn more about PRP and how it can help you look and feel your best.
PRP Q & A
What is PRP?
PRP is a serum made from a sample of your own blood that is rich in the growth factors that help your body repair cells. Your blood is comprised of plasma – the liquid part – and several solid cells, including platelets and your red and white blood cells. Platelets not only help clot your blood when you have an injury but also carry proteins known as human growth factors that are essential to healing injuries and repairing damaged tissue.
Today, Dr. Allingham harnesses your body’s natural healing ability and amplifies it by creating a plasma-based serum that includes a much higher than normal volume of platelets. He injects this serum into your skin, flooding it with the proteins necessary for cell repair and generation to reduce signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, and volume loss. PRP injections activate fibroblasts and collagen production in your skin, plumping it from within and improving elasticity.
What signs of aging does PRP therapy address?
Dr. Allingham uses PRP injections to rejuvenate your skin. If you’re concerned about skin imperfections such as wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles, or puffiness around your eyes, or a dull, uneven skin tone or texture, PRP could be an effective aesthetic treatment to enhance your appearance and take years off your face.
What happens during a PRP treatment?
Your PRP treatment begins with Dr. Allingham drawing a small vial of your blood. He then spins your blood sample in a centrifuge, which separates the various blood components. Next, he combines your platelets and plasma to create the PRP serum, which contains approximately eight times as many platelets as a regular blood sample.
When your serum is ready, Dr. Allingham uses a small syringe and needle to inject the serum into your skin. The injections usually take 15-20 minutes. You can request a topical numbing cream to ensure your comfort during your injections, although most patients tolerate the injections well.
Over the next few weeks, the PRP serum stimulates new collagen growth in your skin, and you begin to see an improvement in the appearance and texture of your skin.
How much does PRP therapy cost?
Number of treatments recommended: 3-6
Call Cryo Body Doc or schedule a consultation online today to learn how PRP can revitalize your skin and help you look your best. Dr. Allingham welcomes patients from Oakton, Annandale, Tysons, Fairfax, Reston, Chantilly, Centreville and surrounding areas.