Ever since platelet-rich plasma therapy was introduced as a means to accelerate the healing of tendons and ligaments, the procedure has gotten a lot of attention. More recently, platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, has been shown to be an effective means for rejuvenating the facial skin. We get a lot of questions about PRP therapy and why and how it works. Basically, PRP is derived from the patient’s own blood. Laden with a concentrated amount of platelets, it can actually stimulate tissue creation, tissue that is healthier than what it is replacing.
What’s Special About Blood Platelets?
Platelets aid in clotting. When we spring a leak, the platelets become exposed to oxygen and form a mesh. This slows the blood flow from the cut or scrape and allows it to harden, and this, in turn, stops the bleeding. The clot, full of platelets, becomes the first-line tissue-building material.
The platelets contain proteins and other important growth factors. These combine with other nutrients to form the new skin or subdermal tissues. In a short period of time, the cut is healed, and new skin has been created to seal the injury.
When platelets are concentrated in a small amount of plasma and mixed with other ingredients into a gel, they can kickstart the same process if injected beneath the skin. This is how PRP therapy works.
Consultation and Treatment
We first examine the client’s facial features and note the thickness of the skin, the amount and severity of wrinkling, and the depth of any discolorations such as injury scars and age spots. This allows us to determine how much PRP will be needed to treat a region of the face.
We draw a small amount of blood from the client’s arm and spin it in a centrifuge. The plasma and platelets are separated from the red cells. We concentrate the platelet count further and then mix the plasma with a gel. We then inject the mix beneath the skin.
As a result of the treatment, the subdermal layers will produce replacement skin tissue more rapidly. In effect, the body is reacting in the same way it would had an injury occurred. We generally schedule a series of treatment sessions. However, this depends on the situation.
In time, the facial skin is smoother, more even in tone, and shows less visible discoloration. The healing process includes an increase in collagen production, an added bonus that makes the facial skin more taut and supple.
Facial Rejuvenation Without Surgery
In many cases, the results of PRP therapy can mimic a surgical procedure. This is why PRP therapy is a popular alternative to more aggressive procedures such as a facelift. You can get all the facts about this effective skin rejuvenation treatment by scheduling a consultation with us at Trace Skin Care in Nashville. Contact us today to book an appointment!