After it was endorsed by a number of celebrities, including movie stars and professional athletes, PRP therapy became fairly popular. In many cases, the skin looks lifted and more properly positioned after this treatment. That’s because the procedure accelerates the healing of facial blemishes and also makes the skin tauter and suppler thanks to the increase in collagen production.
It works because platelets in the blood contain special growth factors, as well as regulatory and signaling molecules. When we cut our finger, the platelets act as a clotting agent, but they also help kickstart the healing process. This is the idea behind skin rejuvenation and renewal with PRP therapy.
About Platelet-Rich Plasma
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a concentrated amount of platelets in a small amount of plasma. Our blood is mostly water and other fluids, and it holds in suspension a good amount of solid tissue. Red cells make up the majority of the cells in our blood, and platelets make up less than 10 percent.
When a small amount of blood is drawn from the client and spun in a centrifuge, the red cells are separated from the plasma and platelets. Some of the plasma is removed from this mixture, the result being about 94 percent platelets and very little in the way of red cells now suspended in the plasma.
When used on problem skin that is wrinkled, creased, or contains hyperpigmented tissues, the body responds as though an injury has occurred. After all, the platelet count in the vicinity is now very high. This stimulates the creation of replacement tissue. Darker regions such as rosacea, acne scars, and even freckles can be treated with PRP therapy.
Things to Know
As one can see, what’s happening is replacement tissue being created. Because the tissue formation process is accelerated, so is the production of collagen. About a month or two after treatment, the skin surface is smoother and more evenly toned.
There’s virtually no risk of side effects because the client’s own blood is used. No cross-contamination or platelet rejection is possible. This makes PRP therapy very safe.
Results aren’t immediate, so clients have to be patient and let the natural healing and rejuvenation take its course. However, PRP is suitable for all skin types and skin tones, and it doesn’t involve any surgery or skin ablation, chemical introduction, or skin surface abrasion.
Properly performed, PRP therapy can yield positive results that last for more than a year. Freckles, scarring, and smile lines are far less noticeable, and the skin itself has a more youthful tone and texture.
Rejuvenating Your Skin With PRP
You probably never knew the amazing power of your own blood. If you like the idea of natural healing, learn more about PRP therapy at Lougheed Laser Centre. You can indeed combat visual signs of aging without the need for surgery or harsh abrasive treatments. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Burnaby!