The PRP Process

 

The treatment begins with venipuncture (a blood draw) to obtain the blood. Contrary to popular belief, it’s relatively painless — aside from the first needle pinch.  Typically, the process includes the initial blood draw, then running the blood through a centrifuge to isolate the platelets. Dentists then perform micro-needling or microdermabrasion just before PRPs are applied across the patient’s face. This can be accompanied with or without radio frequency, too.  It is central to the evolving understanding of the physiology of the skin and advanced techniques with which to improve the quality of the skin.  Recovery takes a day or two of downtime for the patient before you’re ready to hit the streets depending on how aggressive the microdermabrasion was on the skin. This course is taught by our physician anesthesiologists with years of clinical experience using PRP for boutique private plastic surgery centers.  Additional clinical staff includes dentists, surgeons and nurses that have solid experience incorporating PRP into their private practice.  Each department chair is currently active at the university level teaching as an attending.

 

The popularity of PRP grew from its promise as a safe alternative to surgery. In recent years, research provided us a new perspective on platelets. Studies have shown that platelets contain numerous growth factors and cytokines that can reduce inflammation, post-procedural blood loss, and infection, as well as improve osteogenesis, wound healing, and soft tissue healing. It is now evident that platelets also release many bioactive proteins responsible for attracting macrophages – mesenchymal stem cells and osteoblasts that promote removal of degenerated and necrotic tissue, and enhance tissue regeneration.

 

 

How It Works

 

PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma. It’s a drug-free procedure that uses the patient’s own blood as an aesthetic treatment. By redistributing part of the blood to areas in need of improvement, you can generate impressive results with relatively inexpensive equipment. Here’s how it works:

 

  1. The treatment begins with venipuncture (a blood draw) to obtain blood from your patient. It’s relatively painless aside from the first needle pinch, and only takes 1-2 ounces for the entire procedure.
  2. Then, the blood is placed in a centrifuge for around 5 minutes to isolate the PRP from the rest of the blood. This is rich in nutrients and growth factors that aid the body’s natural healing process.
  3. A microneedling or microdermabrasion is performed on the treatment areas just prior to the application of the PRP in order to stimulate regrowth and help the PRP reach deeper layers of the skin.

 

Patients typically recover in 1-2 days and persisting results can be seen 4 to 8 weeks after treatment.

Didactics Include

  • PRP theory
  • Mechanism of action
  • Platelets optimization needed for angiogenesis
  • Equipment tutorials
  • PRP as a stand-alone treatment
  • PRP with fat grafting
  • PRP with fillers
  • PRP with an Aesthetic Laser, RF and high-intensity

A Live Demonstration Will Be Performed Explaining Procedure and Techniques Prior to Your Hands-On Live Cases

The ACTA has the lowest student to instructor ratio.  Hands-on sessions are supervised by ACTA expert instructors one-on-one.  Lecture and  Q & A sessions review every topic.  Each attendee will receive a course manual, PowerPoint slides, electronic business and practice documents  (consent, standardized procedure and protocol policies, charting templates and medical facial aesthetic history forms).

PRP Training

In laymen’s terms: It’s a facial that essentially uses your own blood to help promote the healthy activity of your skin cells.  Skin is naturally comprised of red blood cells and serum, which contain our white blood cells and platelets.  The treatment is a combination of a microdermabrasion, followed by the application of PRP (platelet-rich plasma).  The PRP is derived from the serum portion of the blood, which contains platelets. The platelets contain high levels of growth factors, which, when applied to the skin, will stimulate cell turnover.  Platelets are rich in growth factors, which act as an energy boost for skin. This helps skin function optimally, increasing everything from collagen to elastin, while also recruiting antioxidant and hydrating properties. Platelet-rich plasma is now commonly used topically as part of a regular facial, used along with micro-needling to enhance penetration into the skin. PRP is also injected into the skin in the same manner as dermal fillers.

 

The PRP Process

The treatment begins with venipuncture (a blood draw) to obtain the blood. Contrary to popular belief, it’s relatively painless — aside from the first needle pinch.  Typically, the process includes the initial blood draw, then running the blood through a centrifuge to isolate the platelets. Dentists then perform micro-needling or microdermabrasion just before PRPs are applied across the patient’s face. This can be accompanied with or without radio frequency, too.  It is central to the evolving understanding of the physiology of the skin and advanced techniques with which to improve the quality of the skin.  Recovery takes a day or two of downtime for the patient before you’re ready to hit the streets depending on how aggressive the microdermabrasion was on the skin. This course is taught by our physician anesthesiologists with years of clinical experience using PRP for boutique private plastic surgery centers.  Additional clinical staff includes dentists that have solid experience incorporating PRP into their private practice.  Each department chair is currently active at the university level teaching as an attending.

A Live Demonstration Will Be Performed Explaining Procedure and Techniques Prior to Your Hands-On Live Cases

The ACTA has the lowest student to instructor ratio.  Hands-on sessions are supervised by ACTA expert instructors one-on-one.  Lecture and  Q & A sessions review every topic.  Each attendee will receive a course manual, PowerPoint slides, electronic business and practice documents  (consent, standardized procedure and protocol policies, charting templates and medical facial aesthetic history forms).

COURSE INFORMATION


The course begins at 8:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm.  There is a 4 hour period of didactics in the morning followed by a 4 hour period of clinical patient care in the afternoon.

  • 8:30 – 9:00 AM  Registration, Course & Staff Introduction
  • 9:00 – 10:30 AM  PRP Cellular Physiology: Review of the elements (growth factors, cytokine proteins, and hematopoietic cell concentrations) associated with platelet-rich-plasma including stem cell markers and mechanism of action. Clinical validity of PRP, potential uses and patient indications for Aesthetic Applications, Pain Management, and Alopecia.  Overview of PRP preparation methods for single spin, and dual spin methods and the use or nonuse of kits as well as setting patient expectations for treatment.
  • 10:30 – 10:45 AM  Break
  • 10:45 – 12:30 AM  PRP Uses:  Aesthetic uses for Platelet Rich Plasma injections for aesthetic indications to the aging face and other indications of aging.  Combination treatments using PRP with other aesthetic injectables for aesthetic correction and the use of microneedling for static lines and scarring corrective treatments. Protocols for Stem Cell Facelift and Stem Cell Facial Treatments using microneedling and platelet poor plasma for further enhancement of the procedure. Pre and Post-Procedure instructions, contraindications for treatment, patient selections and need for additional treatments.  Patient selection criteria, possible relative contraindications, injection techniques, anesthesia options and other tests and screening for patients.  Review all of the injections discussed in the course, safety, dosing charts, and injection techniques for safe administration of the procedures.
  • 12:30 – 1:30 PM  Lunch
  • 1:30 – 5:00 PM Supervised Clinical Blood Draw & Injections: The following injection techniques will be performed
    • PRP injection face lift
    • PRP microneedling of the face
    • PRP microneedling an injections for hair loss
    • PRP microneedling for acne
    • PRF plug formation for extractions & implants


Each Trainee Must Complete and Demonstrate Proficiency in the Following Objectives

  • To understand the plasma growth factors
  • Help you understand and distinguish between different FDA-certified PRP methods.
  • Training you on how to extract the plasma growth factors from the blood AND use PRP in a variety of ways in order to achieve aesthetic and medical results, depending on the needs and conditions of your patients.
  • Teach and equip you to assess the patient and prepare the treatment area. In addition prepare you with the necessary skills to administer all types of cosmetic injections and understand which specific areas to use (and not use) micro-needling with Prp training from our experts.
  • Teach you to apply a proper injection technique and present you with a variety of injection options, such as dermal rollers (taking into account different criteria for which option to use in different situations.)
  • Demonstrate different biological activities and reactions related to the use of PRP.
  • Teaching the validity of using PRP in the cosmetic industry by giving anecdotal studies and discussing aesthetic considerations.
  • Discussing the future of cell therapies like PRP.
  • Providing you opportunities to attend classes with physician specialists who are experienced with PRP therapies so that you can learn different enhanced PRP and augmentation options.
  • Marketing and pricing lessons of new PRP procedures to apply in conventional marketing and Internet marketing.


The ACTA ensures individualized instruction by clinicians with 25 years of experience providing Facial Aesthetics. This course is directed by our physician anesthesiologist with years of clinical experience using Botox for boutique private plastic surgery centers. Additional clinical staff includes surgeons, dentists and nurses that have over a decade of experience incorporating Botox into their private practice. Our instructors have decades of teaching and clinical experience and will give you a full understanding of placement techniques, patient prescreening, and anatomical aesthetics. Results yield a more youthful look and compliment any aesthetic dentistry case presented to you.

  • Jeff Hansen, MD
  • Melissa Donahue, NP
  • Leigh-Ann Schuerman, DDS
  • Wisdom Akpaka, DDS
  • Julio Rodriguez, DDS

 


Each day of training will achieve 8 CE that are ADA CERP CE credits.

  • 8 CE
  • The ACTA is the facial aesthetics division of the Academy of Dental and Medical Anesthesia.
  • The ADMA is an ADA CERP nationally approved CE provider with a current ADA CERP provider status.


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. Platelets are well-known for their clotting abilities, but they also contain growth factors that can trigger cell reproduction and stimulate tissue regeneration or healing in the treated area. Platelet-rich plasma is simply blood that contains more platelets than normal.

To create platelet-rich plasma, clinicians take a blood sample from the patient and place it into a device called a centrifuge that rapidly spins the sample, separating out the other components of the blood from the platelets and concentrating them within the plasma.