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Mirror Mirror: Plasma-rich platelet facial

Published: Jul. 29, 2015 at 7:57 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 28, 2015 at 9:52 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Like it or not, skin ages, and for one *fix* that we looked into at Maison Medical Spa in Savannah, the science is in the details of using the healing power of your own cells to grow new cells. It's called PRP; plasma rich platelet facial.

"You're using that person's blood, using their growth factors and their stem cells, and you're delivering them back into their face via a micro channeling device," explains Maison Medical Spa owner, Hope Turner.

First, they need some of your blood. A blood draw requires a board certified physician, In this case, it is Dr. Carmelita Fields, Medical Director for the spa.

Then, the red blood cells and the plasma get separated through the spinning process of a centrifuge. The golden plasma-rich platelets are left on top and will be used in the facial process.

After cleaning and prepping the skin, that golden serum is delivered into just a fraction of the skin through a process called "micro-channeling," using equipment Hope Turner says is regulated by the FDA.

The micro channeling procedure combines a vacuum that gently lifts the skin while tiny needles inject the plasma into it.

The needles are only going into a fraction of the skin. The other skin is not being punctured; not being damaged, and that helps to heal faster," says Registered Nurse, Bambi Smith.

What it's actually doing is causing micro injuries to your topical skin, and what happens when your skin gets injured?

"Your body begins to protect itself and create new skin which of course, gives you a fresher look," explains Hope Turner.

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