Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a natural product created from your own body. Using cutting edge technology, platelets are isolated from your blood and used to fill in areas where you have fine lines and wrinkles. This process harnesses the inherent healing process of your body, and the PRP essentially acts as a matrix that encourages your own collagen to grow and regenerate tissue. As a result, the PRP smooths wrinkles and lines creating softer, tighter skin.
How Does PRP Work?
With PRP treatments, a small amount of blood is drawn and placed in a tube that is spun in a centrifuge to separate the components of the blood. Red and white cells are divided from the platelets and plasma. At this point, the plasma boasts a higher than normal amount of platelets, which is why it’s called platelet rich plasma (PRP). The platelets contain a range of growth factors that your body uses to rejuvenate tissue, and that helps your tissue heal and grow additional cells.
What’s the History of PRP for Wrinkles?
PRP has been used in medicine for decades, and since 2006, PRP has been used in dermatology, scar repair, and cosmetic rejuvenation. In fact, studies from over thirty years ago have scientifically documented that PRP grows new collagen when injected under the skin. Newer studies even show that PRP can soften sun damage and aging skin by stimulating your own collagen. In this way, your skin experiences actual facial rejuvenation, as opposed to individual wrinkle improvement.
Who Can Benefit From PRP?
If you have dark circles and puffiness under your eyes or fine lines and drooping around your mouth, cheeks, and eyes, PRP treatments can help rejuvenate your skin to it’s bright, healthy and youthful look. PRP can counter the drawn look of weight loss, plump cheeks and temples, ease under-eye hollows, and improve your skin tone. Just about everyone can benefit from this treatment, if not to heal and correct damaged skin, then as a preventative treatment to preserve your existing healthy collagen.
PRP also can be useful in treating the following issues:
- The nasolabial fold along the nose
- Crow’s feet
- Wrinkles and sagging on your upper chest or neck area
- Ageing on the back of your hands
- Acne scarring
- And more
What to Expect from a PRP Treatment?
While your skin is cleaned and prepared for treatment, a little blood is drawn and the PRP is created. A numbing cream is applied to your skin 45 minutes before the procedure, making the treatment so comfortable that most patients don’t feel a thing.
Using microneedles, the injection usually takes about fifteen minutes, but in some cases, it’s possible to do a topical application with a procedure called micro-needling. This is ideal for larger areas such as your neck or upper arms. For best results, most patients need three to six treatments, over two to three months. Since the PRP is made from your own cells, the risk of complications is quite low. In some cases, they can be mild swelling, redness, or even slight bruising, but these symptoms typically fade in one to three days.
Who Says You Have to Look Your Age?
PRP has been featured in Elle Magazine, The New York Times, and countless other media outlets. This revolutionary and natural procedure offers fantastic skin rejuvenation. PRP treatments turn back the clock and make your skin look and feel younger, all while using your body’s natural systems.
This technology will help you look your best and most vital, regardless of how many birthdays you’ve seen. To learn more or to set up an appointment, contact the Elizabeth Roche, M.D. MedSpa today.