Every day, more and more people are learning about the benefits of platelet-rich plasma, or PRP. This is a combination of blood plasma, blood platelets, and a fibrin mix. The blood is taken from the client, made into a mix containing a concentrated amount of platelets, and injected beneath the skin. Originally used to accelerate the healing of damaged ligaments and joints, PRP is now widely used to stimulate healthy skin growth.
The most common procedure involves both the injecting of dermal fillers and PRP to improve the overall facial features. This form of aesthetic appearance improvement is safe because no foreign organic material or complex pharmaceutical products are used. To learn more about how PRP can revitalize your facial skin and slow the aging process, call us today!
What’s So Special About Blood Platelets?
Most of you are already familiar with the role platelets play in clotting the blood. They mesh together at an injury site and prevent major blood loss. However, platelets also contain proteins and other growth factors that act as signaling agents. They tell the body to send additional nutrients so that damaged skin and subdermal tissues can be replaced quickly.
This is one reason why cuts and scrapes heal in just a few days. The idea behind PRP cosmetic treatment is to trick the body into thinking that the skin and supportive tissues need to be replaced with tissue that is more healthy.
How We Perform PRP Therapy
We will consult with the client and note the areas of the facial surface that show definite signs of aging. Moderate creasing, marionette lines, and crow’s feet are the usual culprits. The skin may also appear brittle because of its inability to retain moisture. Dark spots such as freckles and injury scars may be more prominent than in years past.
We draw some blood from the client’s arm and put it in a high-speed centrifuge. This separates the red cells from the platelets and plasma. The platelet concentration is more than 20 times higher than before the blood was spun.
This PRP is now made into a type of fibrin gel. We inject it into or beneath the skin in the targeted areas. If we choose to perform microneedling, we may rub the mix into the channel wounds rather than injecting it. We may also inject a dermal filler, either of the calcium hydroxylapatite type or one of the hyaluronic acid filler compounds.
The entire procedure can take less than 90 minutes, and there is usually no downtime after treatment.
Slow But Steady Results
Any filler compound used will produce near-immediate results, but the improvement in actual skin tone and texture is an ongoing process. We may repeat the PRP injections two or three times to maximize results. Over the course of two or three months, the skin becomes noticeably smoother, and wrinkles are hardly noticeable. The overall effect is similar to the results of a facelift, hence the popularity of the procedure referred to as a vampire facelift.
Revitalize Your Facial Skin Without Surgery
This is a very simple procedure that doesn’t involve skin ablation. Results are long-lasting. Contact Be Beautiful Aesthetic Medicine in Miami today to learn more about how PRP can reverse the visual signs of aging.