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PRP

Marissa T. Santos, M.D. -  - Board Certified Internal Medicine

Marissa T. Santos, M.D.

Board Certified Internal Medicine & Aesthetics Specialist located in Woodside, NY & Rego Park, Queens, NY

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a highly advanced medical treatment that uses your own blood platelets to help with skin healing and rejuvenation. The private practice of Dr. Marissa Santos, Marissa T. Santos, M.D. in Woodside, New York, offers PRP in combination with microneedling to create fresh collagen growth to help with a variety of skin issues and concerns. If you’re unhappy with wrinkles, acne scars, or volume loss in your face, this might be a great option for you. Book your consultation with Dr. Santos online or by phone today.

PRP Q & A

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy?

PRP therapy uses the healing platelets in your blood to enhance healing. Although doctors may prescribe PRP therapy for many reasons, including hair loss, major injury recovery, and nerve regeneration, one of the most popular uses for PRP today is enhancing aesthetic medicine treatments like microneedling. Dr. Marissa Santos uses PRP as a powerful boost to microneedling treatments for stretch marks, acne scars, wrinkles, and other skin problems.

How does PRP therapy work?

Dr. Santos numbs your microneedling treatment area to ensure comfort during your procedure. While the topical anesthetic takes effect, Dr. Santos withdraws a small tube of blood for use in your PRP therapy.

Dr. Santos places your blood sample in a powerful spinning machine that employs centrifugal force to separate the platelet-rich plasma used in your treatment.

Next, Dr. Santos starts the microneedling process, creating tiny punctures in your skin with the microneedles. Dr. Santos injects your PRP directly into the small holes, sending it into the deepest layers of your skin.

What are the benefits of PRP therapy?

Having PRP therapy as part of your microneedling treatment allows you to get an extra-powerful healing boost. The microneedling encourages maximum new collagen and cellular production, thus smoothing skin surface while filling in depressions like stretch marks. The PRP makes this healing and rejuvenation process faster and more efficient.

What is PRP recovery like?

There's no downtime after microneedling with PRP, but your face may be pink or red. You may have some mild bleeding the first day. Most patients can go back to work (with makeup to cover any redness, if you wish) on the same day or the next day.

How many PRP therapy treatments do I need?

Most patients have PRP therapy with each microneedling session for optimal results. The total number of microneedling with PRP sessions that you have depends on your skin concerns and your body's response.

Many patients benefit from three to six treatment sessions, with each session around a month apart. However, you may need more or fewer sessions. Dr. Santos will assess your progress a few weeks after each treatment session to help you decide whether you need further treatments.

Want to learn more about PRP therapy? Use online booking now, or call to schedule with Dr. Santos today.