Technician at Dr. Paul Kuzel's clinic holds vial of blood used for platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for skin rejuvenation.

platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for skin rejuvenation

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments have been used in the medical field for more than three decades. The treatment harnesses the regenerative powers of the platelets in our own blood to treat everything from wounds to joint injuries to baldness to wrinkles.

Although it started as a therapy for musculoskeletal injuries, dermatologists have been using PRP as a regenerative therapy for the skin since the 2000s. PRP became a household name in 2013, when Kim Kardashian made headlines after posting a post-treatment selfie hash-tagged "Vampire Facial." The high concentration of growth factors, platelets, mesenchymal stem cells, and cytokines in PRP all help repair the tissues in the treatment area, leading to improvements in skin texture, tone and elasticity. PRP injections are also clinically proven to stimulate hair growth. Learn more >>

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What can PRP do for you?

  • reduce wrinkles
  • plump sagging skin
  • get rid of deep creases
  • improve skin tone
  • diminish acne scars
Female client showing positive results of PRP cosmetic treatments
Learn how it works

the signature difference

PRP is unique in that the ‘injectable’ is made by your own body. However, it’s the solution preparation and injection technique that make all the difference. That’s where the skill of the dermatologist comes into play. The preparation of the platelet-rich plasma solution must be very precise – the less you manipulate the material, the better it works. When it comes to the actual injections, PRP treatments are incredibly technique-sensitive. It’s key to be at a 90-degree angle, ensuring the needles penetrate the skin uniformly.

As an experienced dermatologist, Dr. Kuzel is skilled in the safe, precise, natural application of PRP injections to ensure you have the best possible results from your treatment.

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How platelet-rich plasma (PRP) works

Platelet-rich plasma consists of two elements: plasma, or the liquid portion of blood, and platelets, a type of blood cell that plays an important role in healing throughout the body. Basically, platelet-rich plasma is blood that contains more platelets than normal.

The process involves drawing a small amount of the patient's blood and then using a centrifuge to separate the platelets from other blood components. The resulting PRP solution is re-injected into the treatment area using a cannula or fine needle to stimulate and accelerate the natural production of new skin cells, collagen and elastin.

What to expect from your treatment

Your PRP treatment starts with a routine blood draw by one of our Rejuv nursing team. Next, the nurse will spin your blood vial in a device called a centrifuge for seven to eight minutes to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the other components of your blood.  

Once the vial is ready, we’ll cleanse the treatment area to prepare for the injections. Dr. Kuzel will inject the PRP solution in precise locations to maximize the benefits of collagen and elastic production in the desired areas. PRP solution can also be applied topically following laser or microneedling treatments to aid in healing and maximize the treatment benefits.

PRP injections can take between 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the area treated.

There is no downtime associated PRP injections. After treatment, your skin may be a little red and tender. Some people also experience some swelling in treatment areas. The symptoms typically resolve within 24 hours.

What to do before your treatment

At your consultation, Dr. Kuzel will ask questions about your medical history and expectations and provide instructions on how to prepare for the procedure.

Be sure to discuss your current prescription medications with Dr. Kuzel. Some steroid medications such as prednisone or hydrocortisone may interact with platelet-rich plasma. The presence of blood thinners may interfere with the number of platelets available during the session.


“I had wanted to see a dermatologist for some time now and after seeing Dr. Kuzel, I only wish I went sooner...The entire staff are polite, professional, easy to talk to and made me feel so at ease and comfortable. As for the results, they have exceeded all my expectations, I have never felt more confident than I do now. Thank you Dr. Kuzel! I can't recommend you enough.” Rate MD Review

“Dr. Kuzel is easily the most talented and artistic cosmetic dermatologist I have ever had the pleasure of seeing…the results are subtle, natural, and have so many of my friends and family constantly asking me what I do for my skin and commenting about how young and good I look!” Rate MD Review

“Very talented dermatologist and cosmetic injector! Truly takes a holistic approach to skin health and beauty and is amazing at making each of his patients a customized treatment plan. Thanks, Dr. K for always helping me look and feel my best!!” Rate MD Review

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