Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy has a long history in medicine. In fact, world-class athletes have used it for decades. And dermatologists are finding out that the natural healing abilities found in human blood may be a superior alternative to some cosmetic procedures used to fight aging and skin imperfections.
While dermal fillers and Botox® are good for volume loss and wrinkles, they can’t — unlike PRP therapy — be injected in one area that can reveal the most about your age: under your eyes. Another benefit of PRP therapy is that it comes with a smaller risk for adverse side effects, since no foreign substances are used. All that’s used is your blood.
At The Med Spa at Matthews Internal Medicine, our goal is to inform our patients in Matthews, North Carolina, and surrounding areas about the latest discoveries in skin care and help them make more informed decisions regarding their bodies. Read on to find out why PRP therapy is such an effective procedure for helping turn back the clock on aging skin.
What is PRP?
Your blood consists of both solids and liquids. The solids in your blood include white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. These work together to aid in healing when you get injured. Plasma, on the other hand, is the liquid component of your blood.
During a PRP session, a health specialist draws your blood and separates the platelets from the other components of your blood through a process called centrifugation.
Once your platelets are extracted, they’re combined with the remaining plasma. The end result is a solution made from your own blood, which contains more platelets than a comparable amount of regular blood.
When injected into your skin, this solution speeds up recovery and increases collagen production. In a study conducted on women between ages 40-49, dermal collagen levels in the area treated with platelet-rich plasma increased within 28 days after treatment.
How is PRP used to treat skin problems?
When used to treat skin problems, platelet-rich plasma is usually used in conjunction with another skin treatment, such as microneedling. With microneedling, a medical device puts hundreds of miniature holes in the surface of your skin.
Platelet-rich plasma is then placed on the skin, where it works to enhance your body’s natural healing response. Among the results will be smoother skin, an increase in collagen, an increase in elasticity, and a reduction in scar tissue.
What types of skin imperfections can PRP improve?
Because it uses your own blood, PRP therapy can address a large variety of skin conditions with a very low risk for adverse reactions. You may benefit from PRP therapy if you have any of the following skin concerns:
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Stretch marks
- Uneven skin tone
- Scarring and hyperpigmentation
While it can take up to a month to see the final results from a PRP session, the results last longer than most skin treatments, and you won’t have to get maintenance sessions every 2-3 months. On average, the results of a PRP treatment will last for 1-2 years.
To find out if PRP therapy can help you, book an appointment online or over the phone with The Med Spa at Matthews Internal Medicine today.