PRP Dark Circle Eye Therapy involves the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to minimize the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.
What is PRP?
Platelets support blood clotting, and platelet-rich plasma is created by spinning blood in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the white and red blood cells. The platelets are then combined into a blood serum, or plasma, that is injected into the treatment area.
Because the patient’s blood is used to create the PRP, there is no risk of allergies or cross infection from treatment.
Causes of Dark Circles
Dark under eye circles may be caused by:
- Unhealthy diet, such as excessive consumption of salt and caffeine
- Smoking and drinking alcohol
- Poor or insufficient sleep
- Sleeping face down
- Anemia, from low levels of iron and vitamins B12, C, and K
- Prolonged exposure to sunlight
- Rapid weight loss
- Poor under-eye circulation
- Crying and rubbing the eye area
- Genetic predisposition
- Aging, which decreases the production of collagen
- Allergies that cause sneezing nasal problems, and puffiness
How PRP Dark Circle Eye Therapy Works
The PRP serum contains rejuvenating components, which include platelets, mesenchymal stem cells, growth factors, and cytokines.
One PRP injection will begin the following process of healing:
- Repair the weakening layer of collagen and elastin in the skin to promote skin elasticity and improve volume
- Create new blood vessels that deliver oxygen and nutrients, helping address hyperpigmentation
- Remove toxins and accumulated fluids to reduce the appearance of puffiness under the eyes
- Improve skin metabolism by removing dead and dying cells
Who is a Candidate For PRP Dark Circle Eye Therapy?
Patients of any age and skin tone can benefit from treatment. Women who are pregnant or nursing should avoid treatment, since the therapy has not been tested on this population.
Benefits of PRP Dark Circle Eye Therapy
What to Expect During Treatment
The physician will begin by drawing blood from the patient’s arm. Then, the blood will be processed in a centrifuge, separating the platelets from the white and red blood cells.
The physician will apply topical numbing cream to the under eye area to minimize pain and discomfort. Next, he or she will inject the PRP. The patient will be free to go home after treatment. Patients may need two to three more sessions to see radical results.
Patients should avoid wearing makeup for at least three to six hours after the procedure. Other activities patients should avoid after treatment:
- Engaging in vigorous physical activity for 12 hours
- Using the steam room or sauna for at least two weeks
- Washing the face with hot water for three days
- Exfoliating the incision site for five days
- Consuming alcohol, coffee, or fish oil for two days
Potential Risks And Side Effects
Temporary side effects include bruising, discoloration, firmness, itching, redness, swelling, tenderness, and lumps or bumps.