Aging skin is a concern faced by just about every adult. The visual signs include fine wrinkling, more pronounced blemishes, and larger regions of discoloration. As we enter into our mature adult years, the skin holds less moisture and contains less collagen. Damaged cells tend to reproduce themselves without any sign of repair. The skin can heal itself, but it needs a kickstart, and platelet-rich plasma is one way to introduce such a mechanism. We have found that platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is an effective means to stimulate skin rejuvenation. If you haven’t heard of this procedure, contact us for more information. The following description will give you some idea of how PRP works to combat the visual signs of aging.
Blood platelets help to stop bleeding by forming a mesh when exposed to oxygen. They also contain special growth factors including proteins. These act as signaling mechanisms that direct nutrient distribution for the creation of replacement skin tissue.
When platelets are concentrated in a small amount of plasma, the effect is much more pronounced. This PRP mix can be injected directly into the skin tissue or rubbed onto the surface after the skin has been subjected to microneedling. Multiple treatments are typically required to achieve the desired results, but after multiple months, noticeable improvement in skin texture and tone is realized.
How It’s Performed
After consulting with the client, a series of treatment sessions may be scheduled. These are simple treatments that don’t involve any real downtime for the client. The skin rejuvenation treatment can be used in areas where discolorations, blemishes, and wrinkles exist. The body responds to the concentration of blood platelets as if an injury had occurred. This speeds up the creation of new, healthier skin cells. Eventually, these new skin cells move upward to become the epidermal layer.
Benefits and Advantages
PRP is safe because the blood used is the client’s own. Therefore, no cross-contamination is possible. Aside from the injections, no invasive procedures are performed. The body produces more collagen when the skin is being rejuvenated, so this is another added benefit of PRP treatments.