The body’s ability to heal itself is incredible, and researchers have recently uncovered a breakthrough method for triggering your body’s natural healing and rejuvenating powers through platelet-rich plasma, or PRP. The treatment has shown results when used for both cosmetic purposes and to treat certain types of injury. If you’re interested in finding out more about what it can do for you, call us at Verve Weight Loss & Laser Aesthetics in Upland, CA today.
What Is PRP?
Plasma is the liquid portion of your blood, made up primarily of water and proteins, that lets red and white blood cells move through your bloodstream. Platelets are a type of red blood cell that are essential to clotting and can also play a role in healing. Doctors typically use platelet-rich plasma when a patient has received an injury to their tendons, ligaments, muscles, joints, or skin, and to help patients achieve certain cosmetic results.
How Is Plasma Collected?
Plasma collection involves a doctor drawing blood from your body and then using a machine to separate the plasma from the rest of the blood. The doctor then numbs the treatment area and uses a syringe to inject the plasma into your body in the target area. The process usually takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Depending on where and why you’re being treated, your doctor may inject it at multiple points (especially if you’re treating a large muscle). Once the platelets have been injected into the treatment area, they will break down and release growth factors that assist in the repair and renewal of your cells. It is believed that the breakdown of platelets in the area is what triggers your body’s healing response.
Discover the Healing Power of Your Own Blood
These treatments use your body’s own natural fluids: there are no synthetic ingredients involved. Using something created by your own body helps strengthen your immune system and ensures there won’t be any strange side effects, allergic reactions, or rejections of the treatment. The benefits of using your own blood to treat you have been well documented.
It Increases Your Cell Turnover
“Cell turnover” refers to the rate at which your body sheds dead skin cells and replaces them with younger, more vibrant-looking ones. Treatment increases the rate at which cell turnover occurs, helping to rid your face of damaged, dead, and dying skin cells while allowing newer, fresher, younger cells to rise to the surface.
It Stimulates Collagen Growth
Collagen is one of the most plentiful proteins found in humans, and it plays a role in several important biological functions. The function most relevant to patients has to do with providing structural support in connective tissue, muscle, and skin.
Collagen is responsible for your skin’s elasticity, and one of the effects of aging is the degradation of your skin’s collagen. As it becomes less able to provide structural support, your skin can start to wrinkle and sag. Treatment for these conditions involves initiating the production of stronger, more elastic collagen in your skin: something that platelet-rich plasma has been shown to do.
It Enhances Your Ability to Heal
When you’re treated with a concentrated injection, it can help heal your skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles or acne scars, and can fade the appearance of stretch marks. Your facial skin isn’t the only part of the body where treatment can be effective. It can be used in other areas where you’re dissatisfied with the appearance of your skin due to stretch marks, discoloration, or other blemishes.
It Helps Your Skin Retain Moisture
Spending money on quality skincare products won’t help you very much if your skin isn’t able to hold on to its moisture. When your skin holds its moisture properly, it has a fuller, plumper, more youthful appearance. Fully moisturized skin has fewer fine lines, pits, and wrinkles than dry skin does.
It’s Safe for Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin can be tough to deal with. The amount of skincare products you can use is limited, and medical treatments can sometimes cause your sensitive skin to flare up. The same is not true with PRP. Since the treatment uses a solution created by your own body, you don’t have to worry about it inflaming your already sensitive skin.
It Offers Improving Results
Treatments that work on the surface of your skin can provide amazing results that are often observable right away. Platelet-rich plasma is injected under the skin and won’t result in dramatic improvements immediately after treatment. However, once the injection has been placed and your body’s healing response has been triggered, your skin will continue to improve, allowing you to enjoy results that last.
Is Platelet-Rich Plasma Safe?
Platelet-rich plasma treatments for skincare have been approved by the FDA; however, plasma has been used in the medical world to treat a variety of ailments for much longer. When used for cosmetic purposes, a small amount of blood is extracted and then placed in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the red blood cells and white blood cells. This process takes about 10 minutes.
After being spun in a centrifuge to divide it from the rest of your blood, the plasma (filled with health-enhancing platelets) is extracted and put into a syringe. It is then injected into the treatment area you require. Multiple injections are often necessary to ensure the entire area receives an adequate amount of platelet-rich plasma. After that, you’ll be cleaned up and free to leave our office to continue with whatever you had planned for that day.
Which Treatments Use PRP?
The most popular treatments that involve platelet-rich plasma are facials and injectables.
You may have heard these facials referred to by their other name, “vampire facials,” and while the name may sound scary, the treatment is not. It involves a combination of microneedling and platelet-rich plasma applied to your face to plump and rejuvenate your skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin abnormalities.
What Does Microneedling Involve?
Microneedling, also referred to as collagen induction therapy, involves using a series of tiny needles to break down the surface of your skin. The purpose behind microneedling is to drastically improve the production of collagen in your skin. Remember what we said above about platelet-rich plasma also helping with collagen production? On its own, microneedling can provide excellent benefits. However, when combined with PRP, the results can be even more dramatic.
What Are the Benefits of a Platelet-Rich Plasma Facial?
Undergoing a PRP facial can greatly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, heal persistent dryness, even out your skin tone, reduce the appearance of age spots, sun damage, and other blemishes, and will make your skin firmer and more youthful-looking.
Chemical Peels and Laser Dermabrasion
Chemical peels and laser treatments can both provide dramatic, long-lasting results. Unfortunately, they aren’t appropriate for everyone. Some patients will have sensitive skin and want to steer clear of harsher treatments like these, while others may prefer a treatment that requires less downtime and aftercare.
Choosing to undergo a platelet-rich plasma facial can help you achieve the results you want without triggering any skin conditions you may have or forcing you to alter your daily routine to accommodate the time it takes to heal.
What Is Recovery Like?
You will need to be careful with the treated area immediately after your facial. You shouldn’t wear any makeup on the day of treatment, though it’s generally safe to start applying it again the day after. Also, if you use skincare products, make sure you talk to your provider to ensure it’s safe to use them. You may also want to avoid using coarse makeup applicators for the first few days after treatment to give your skin time to heal.
When Can You See the Results?
The platelets will start to break down shortly after they’re injected, triggering your body’s healing response. Unfortunately, nobody can heal overnight. Over the next 3 to 4 days, you’ll begin to notice the results of your facial and will continue to notice improvements for some time.
How Often Is Treatment Needed?
The number of treatments you need to reach your goals will depend on your current condition and the results you’re hoping to achieve. Many patients are able to reach their desired results by undergoing 3 treatment sessions 1-month apart. Once your results have been achieved, they can generally be maintained by undergoing 1 or 2 treatments a year.
Injectables (The PRP Facelift)
Facelifts have long been the gold standard when it comes to turning back the clock on the signs of aging around your face. However, a major impediment for many patients is the invasiveness of the procedure. The benefits can be great, but not everyone wants to undergo major surgery in order to achieve them. If this sounds like you, then a PRP facelift may be right for you.
How Does It Work?
During the treatment, one of our medical professionals will use your own plasma to stimulate healing in your face through injections, just like with the facial. However, this is where the similarities between the two procedures end. Instead of microneedling, injectable fillers are used to address areas of the face where significant signs of aging are present.
Most dermal fillers are made with hyaluronic acid, a substance that promotes healthier, more supple skin and speeds up the wound healing process. The efficacy of hyaluronic acid to produce the necessary improvements in your skin is further aided by the addition of PRP, resulting in stronger, healthier, younger-looking skin.
What Is Recovery Like?
Since the treatment isn’t invasive, your recovery is going to be much, much easier and shorter than if you had opted for a traditional facelift. You may experience minor swelling and redness immediately following the procedure, but it will quickly diminish over the next few days. Once your skin is fully healed, you will be able to wear makeup.
Why Choose Us?
Our office was created with patient comfort in mind. Our goal is to create a space where you feel your best, and our team offers an extensive range of treatments to help you feel beautiful both inside and out. We are committed to treating you with respect and providing you with the honesty and high-quality service that you deserve. We respect your time, your desires, and your financial commitment and work tirelessly to deliver you the absolute best results.
Rejuvenate and Revitalize Your Skin With Platelet-Rich Plasma
Plasma is the liquid portion of your blood, and it’s composed primarily of water, proteins, and platelets. When injected into your skin, the platelets break down and trigger your body’s healing response in the deeper layers of your skin, allowing for the generation of stronger, more elastic collagen that will greatly diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
If you’re dissatisfied with the effects of aging on your skin and you think that PRP treatment is right for you, call Verve Weight Loss & Laser Aesthetics in Upland, CA today.