PRP Specialist

Optimal Wellness Medical

Steve Lasater, MD

Anti-Aging Specialist & Bioidentical Hormone Specialist located in Grand Rapids, MI

Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) can be used to treat scalp hair loss and improve facial tone, texture and color. Dr. Steve Lasater harnesses that technique to organically revitalize skin and reverse the effects of aging, sun damage, harsh work environments, and other factors. If you’re ready to improve your skin’s appearance without the use of dermal fillers, book an appointment at his practice today: Optimal Medical Wellness, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?

Platelet-rich plasma comes from your own blood. It’s drawn from your body and placed in a centrifuge to separate platelets from other components. These cells contain proteins, called fibrins, that aid in healing.

Running your platelets through the centrifuge separates the platelet-rich components from the rest of the blood. This increased potency makes PRP therapy a popular treatment option for injured athletes.

How does PRP therapy help your skin?

Dr. Lasater uses those platelets to repair damaged skin. Instead of inserting unnatural materials into your face, Dr. Lasater injects platelets, which then recruit the stem cells that eventually produce fibrin and collagen.

This new collagen production adds volume to skin that has begun losing its fullness, diminishes the appearance of dark circles, and helps clear up discolorations and breakouts. You’ll see a big improvement in your overall skin tone.

What does platelet-rich plasma therapy involve?

Dr. Lasater prepares the PRP and prepares your skin for treatment by cleaning it and applying a topical anesthetic to relieve discomfort. He then injects the PRP around your face at specific points.

PRP therapy also helps men and women suffering from hair loss: Placing the injections around the scalp stimulates hair follicles, encouraging new hair growth.

Are other natural alternatives available?

Microneedling

Another PRP therapy process involves combining the solution with microneedling. Combining PRP with microneedling increases the solution’s effectiveness.

Dr. Lasater uses a tiny needle to cause controlled injuries to your skin. It responds by producing more collagen and elastin to repair the damage.

Microneedling without PRP still works wonders for those suffering from acne scars or other skin discolorations. The process can be used around other areas of the body to soften the appearance of stretch marks, reduce unappealing spider veins, and improve your skin’s texture. Laser photo facials also achieve similar effects.

 

Laser Photo Facials

Another natural alternative that improves your skin’s appearance involves using laser light to target problem areas. Also known as an intense pulse light (IPL) photofacial, this treatment can be performed on the face.

IPL targets pigment like melanin; laser targets the hemoglobin in red blood cells within the blood vessels. Over the next few weeks, you'll see improvements in conditions like rosacea, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage.

Dr. Lasater listens to his patients and shares his years of experience to help them make informed choices about any potential treatment paths. Contact his office for a consultation if you’d like more details about the natural skin-repairing treatments he offers.