“Achieve Your Best Skin Ever with PRP Treatments” by Dr. R. Gaines
by Dr. Richard Gaines
Many people first learn about new anti-aging or beauty treatments after celebrities take the plunge. Of course, once a big name starts touting the benefits of a treatment, it’s not long before it catches on. A recent trend in anti-aging is something known as platelet rich plasma therapy, which has become more popular since Kim Kardashian famously tried it and shared a picture of her treatment.
PRP therapy is unique because it uses your own blood, which is concentrated and then injected into areas that you want to treat, such as crow’s feet or forehead lines. PRP treatment involves drawing a few vials of your blood to spin in a centrifuge then injecting it back into your body, hence the procedure has been dubbed the vampire facial or even “Dracula therapy,” although there is really nothing sinister about it.
What is PRP Therapy?
Platelet rich plasma has been used for many years to help athletes heal from injuries like tendon damage and help patients heal wounds. PRP relies on your body’s own healing ability, and it works by concentrating the healing growth factors and platelets in your blood to put them to work where you want them to.
A common question about PRP injections is, why are they necessary? If the blood already has platelets, why is it necessary to reinject it into the face? This is because the PRP process concentrates platelets beyond their normal level in the blood to boost your body’s rejuvenating ability while concentrating the action in a specific area.
The process itself is very straightforward and takes no more than 30 minutes. First, a physician will draw your blood and process it in a centrifuge, which separates platelets and concentrates them about four times greater than the amount found in blood. This clear PRP is then ready to be injected. After the PRP is injected, the platelets activate growth factors, or healing proteins, which speed tissue repair to reverse sun damage and help fade fine lines and other imperfections.
You can think of PRP as a way of encouraging your body to concentrate healing more efficiently in a specific area that needs help.
What Results Can You Expect?
While you shouldn’t expect results that are as dramatic as surgery or even Botox, PRP injections are an all natural way to give your skin a beautiful glow and help fade imperfections like fine lines, sagging skin, bags under the eyes and sun damage. Because this procedure uses only your own blood, there are virtually no side effects and you can rest easy knowing you are not putting any potentially harmful compounds in your body.
Most people have some redness or spots on their face immediately after PRP injections, although you will notice that your skin improves gradually over the next few weeks, refreshing your skin and helping to fade away wrinkles and lines. Results usually last around two years, but you may need up to three treatments to get the best results.
If you love the idea of turning back the clock a little bit with a safe and all-natural anti-aging approach, you may already be a good candidate for PRP injections. Learn more about platelet rich plasma and find out if it will work for you by scheduling an appointment with Healthgains.