Acne scars can be disfiguring and embarrassing for those who suffer from them. It’s like wearing a badge on your skin telling the world about your battle with acne. Unfortunately, there is no makeup in the world that can correct deep, pitted acne scars to the point of making them disappear. The only way to fully get rid of acne scars is to undergo an in-office procedure. Until now, laser treatments were the only trusted way to erase acne scars. Clear Clinic is thrilled to offer our acne scar patients a new skin rejuvenating treatment that will naturally fix their acne scars: PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma. This new treatment harnesses the power of growth factors in your own blood to rejuvenate and correct the skin. Our PRP kit uses the brand SELPHYL, treating dermal defects such as acne scars.
Platelet Rich Plasma injections with SELPHYL use a special technique to create a gel-like substance rich in growth factors, made from your own blood, to be injected into your acne scar sites. One of our licensed health care providers will draw blood from your arm. That blood will then be spun in a centrifugation system to identify the Platelet-rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM) within your blood sample. The white and red blood cells are weeded out, so only PRFM is kept. The PRFM contains a host of growth factors that promote wound healing and regenerate the growth of collagen and elastin to the area it is injected.
When you arrive for your appointment, your blood will be drawn by one of our licensed health care providers. The amount of blood drawn depends on the amount of acne scars you are having treated. The blood is then put into the patented centrifugation system to convert it into PRFM. This process takes about six minutes. Once finished, the PRFM is injected into the acne scar areas. The whole appointment will take approximately 30 minutes. There is no downtime associated with PRP kits through SELPHYL, you can go back to work or out with friends directly following the injections.
Since PRP injections uses your own blood to naturally rejuvenate the skin, there is virtually no risk of allergic reaction. There is also no lumping that can sometimes occur with a synthetic filler. There is very minimal pain involved with PRP. The treatment is very quick and the needle use to inject the acne scar sites is very tiny. While there is no downtime, some swelling and bruising may occur. Cool compresses are applied to the skin immediately following treatment to help with swelling or bruising.
Some plumping of the skin can be seen immediately. For full results, expect up to three weeks to pass.
The number of treatments varies by patient. Typically, one to three injection sessions are recommended. Each treatment should be spaced four weeks apart. Your dermatologist will discuss your treatment plan with you during your first visit.