Platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP therapy, is a skin rejuvenation technique that employs the use of the client’s own blood. Blood contains platelets. These platelets not only aid in clotting when bleeding occurs, but they also help to stimulate new tissue production because of the proteins and other growth factors they contain.
When skillfully injected into target areas of the skin, PRP helps to accelerate the replacement of epidermal tissue. This tissue is formed in the lower dermal layers, but as it is created, the tissue eventually moves up to replace dead or damaged skin cells in the outermost layers. The result is smoother skin with fewer wrinkles and discolored regions. The advantages of PRP therapy are many.
How PRP Works to Create Healthier Skin
A small amount of blood is drawn from the client and spun in a centrifuge so that concentrated amounts of platelets are combined with a small amount of plasma. This combination is then carefully injected into the skin in the areas you would like to treat.
Benefits of PRP Therapy
When compared to other types of cosmetic skin treatment procedure, there are some main advantages of PRP therapy.
1) Naturally-Induced Rejuvenation
There are no pharmaceutical chemicals, strong acids or plumping agents used in PRP therapy. The body responds to the introduction of concentrated amounts of blood platelets the same as it would had an injury occurred. The rejuvenation process is therefore natural yet accelerated.
2) A Simple Outpatient Procedure
Some types of skin rejuvenation procedures are rather complicated. A facelift, deep chemical peel, or laser surgery can involve a long recovery period. After PRP therapy, the client can resume normal activities at once.
3) Increased Collagen Production
As we age and mature, our bodies produce less collagen, which is what makes our skin become brittle, thinner and subject to wrinkling. If new skin growth is created quickly, it contains more collagen, the result being more youthful-looking skin. This is a huge advantage PRP therapy has over most other skin rejuvenation treatments.
4) Long-Lasting Results
While the treatment itself takes just a few minutes to complete, the results are long-lasting. Many people report satisfactory results lasting for more than one year after just one or two treatment sessions. If you choose multiple treatments, your results will last even longer.
5) No Risk of Contamination
PRP therapy uses nothing more than your own blood, meaning that there is no risk of platelet or plasma rejection. The body won’t respond to the introduction of PRP beneath the skin in a negative way.
These are just a few of the advantages of PRP therapy. This treatment is becoming more and more popular because of the increasing number of positive feedback comments from clients.
Get All the Facts
If you’re concerned about the appearance of your skin, you may be an ideal candidate for PRP therapy. Visit our board-certified doctors and our experienced team at Old Town Medspa. You’ll get all the facts about how PRP helps stimulate the creation of youthful, wrinkle-free skin. Contact us today at our office in Chicago to schedule your consultation!