About PRP Procedures
Dr. Petropoulos started performing PRP procedures in 2013 after completing training with Dr. Charles Runels, a PRP treatment pioneer and inventor of the Vampire Facelift, Vampire Facial, Vampire Breastlift, Vampire Winglift, Vampire Hair Regrowth, O shot and P shot procedures. Since then, Dr. Petropoulos has followed and implemented advances in PRP treatments and has been trained directly by Dr. Runels in advancements and changes in PRP techniques. Today, he’s one of Maryland’s leading PRP professionals. Dr. Petropoulos also uses PRP in conjunction with lasers and microneedling for acne scars and scar management.
Potomac Medical Aesthetics uses only FDA approved equipment. We use Eclipse PRP tubes and centrifuge for PRP processing, and SkinPen for the VampireFacial (microneedling with PRP).
Using your own body’s power to regenerate tissue
The human body has an incredible power to heal itself with regeneration of new tissue by stem cells. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) involves the application of concentrated platelets rich in naturally occurring proteins, that release growth factors to stimulate regeneration of cells and repair of tissue. PRP was has long been used in wound healing, dentistry and the treatment of sports injuries (many elite athletes have made the use of PRP well known) The use of PRP has expanded and evolved in use for aesthetic concerns and physiological dysfunction. PRP is one of the most advanced, effective natural treatments for generating new health cells and tissue.
How Does PRP Work?
A PRP treatment begins by drawing your blood (we use a local anaesthetic when drawing the blood). Your blood is spun in a centrifuge that separates plasma and platelets from the rest of the blood. The plasma, now highly concentrated with rich platelets, is injected back into areas of your body where its effect can be best harnessed. The growth factors stimulate stem cells to help create new, youthful tissue in areas like the face and scalp, and in sex organs, muscles and joints.
PRP uses your own blood to harness its incredible healing and regenerative properties.
Advantages of Using PRP
Because PRP is extracted from your own blood, there is no risk of allergic reaction, rejection or skin sensitivity.
PRP is being increasingly used in darker skin types that cannot have laser or IPL therapies for common conditions.
PRP therapy has become one of the most popular treatment methods to address a variety of issues, including:
- Skin laxity (looseness) and wrinkling
- Frown lines, crow’s feet
- Eyelid wrinkles
- Acne scarring
- Erectile dysfunction
- Urinary incontinence
- Sexual wellness
- Hair regrowth
- Injury rehabilitation