LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For those with acne scars, there can be a lot of problems. People deal with bigger pores, rosacea, even difficulty sweating, but sometimes find little to no solutions.
But a new treatment has shown up in central Arkansas that is a little unusual.
Acne scars have been an unfortunate part of April Bisbee's life for decades.
"I'm still carrying around things from when I was a teenager," said the 37-year-old. "I didn't really notice how much that affected me as an adult until I started doing something to improve it.”
She began those improvements with two micro needling treatments, which are exactly what they sound like. A tool with tiny needles is drawn across the face to break up the scar tissue which helps to heal old wounds.
After seeing the results, she decided to take it a step further. Now she is trying a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Facial. The process uses her own blood plasma to heal her scars.
"The way that I describe it to patients is that the plasma is our own body's liquid gold," said Monica Cooper, a license aesthetician at Sei Bella Med Spa. "It is the closest thing that we have to stem cells. It regenerates faster. So as we are doing the micro needling, it's going to heal the wound much faster than anything used as a synthetic."
Bisbee's blood is drawn by a nurse and it is put into a centrifuge to separate the blood from the plasma.
"I'm going to take the first bit of the plasma and I'm just going to wipe it all in the area where we are going to start, at her forehead,” Cooper explained.
As the needles break the surface of her skin, it bleeds a little, but Cooper said a little blood is good. That's how she knows she's made it below the scarring.
"It feels a bit like getting a tattoo without the ink," Bisbee said about the process.
If you're not too keen on the idea of having blood plasma rubbed on your face, Cooper said there are other formulas available to make you feel less like a vampire.
"It is still going to give you the scar reduction. It is going to help with aging, fine lines,” she said.
Before the PRP facial, many with facial sensitivities had few options. Cooper explained that all patients need to be evaluated to be sure the PRP Facial is a fit. Those who are prone to keloid scars, for example, would not want to undergo this procedure.
In about a week, Bisbee will be fully healed, but even now, she can wear a special SPF makeup and go back to work.
"I'm feeling good. I'm glad I did it,” Bisbee said.
She said that already her skin is less red with the treatment than it was with her previous micro needling treatments.
Each PRP Facial treatment is around $700. Cooper said she suggests Bisbee and other patients continue coming back for treatments every few weeks until they no longer see their skin progressing. She also said the results should be permanent unless new acne scars develop.