All you need to know about Platelet Rich Plasma

What Can PRP Do For You in Medical Aesthetics?

Have you ever noticed in detail the way a minor cut heals? It’s quite remarkable, really. As long as you keep the area clean and temporarily bandaged, within a few days, new skin begins growing over the wound and before you know it, the cut is a distant memory. The body is designed to naturally heal itself. The same concept applies to Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments.

Used for many years in sports medicine to treat conditions such as “tennis elbow”,Achilles tendinopathy, rotator cuff and shoulder injuries, PRP is now being used to treat a number of age-related medical aesthetics concerns including dark circles under the eyes, fine lines, sagging, decreased firmness and uneven skin tone.

To obtain PRP, the client provides a small of blood that is then placed in a sterile tube and spun centrifugally so that platelets and plasma are separated from white and red blood cells. What remains is plasma that is higher than normal in platelets, hence the name, platelet-rich plasma.

When applied topically or injected into the skin, PRP grows new collagen. Some studies have also shown that it can be used to soften the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles and sagging, giving it a more youthful appearance.

PRP Facial Injections

PRP can be injected into the face by a medical professional, either as a solo or a complementary treatment. The actual PRP injections typically take less than 30 minutes—and are relatively painless.

There may be some mild swelling, redness and bruising which typically dissipate in 1-3 days. Again, there is virtually no risk of side effects since PRP is made from the client’s own cells.

Results typically begin to show 3-4 weeks after treatment and continue to improve over time. For best results, three treatments are generally recommended, spaced about 1-2 months apart. Clients typically report smoother skin texture and improved tone, decreased wrinkles and fine lines and an overall firmer appearance.

PRP works very well other cosmetic injectables such Botox, Juvederm, Volume and Restylane. It can also be used in combination with several laser treatments, chemical peels and microdermabrasion.

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