Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is popular for use in a wide variety of cosmetic treatments. This is due to its ability to naturally rejuvenate the skin and repair the signs of aging by using our own platelet rich blood cells. While it may seem daunting to the uninitiated, PRP is actually very safe and has been used in the hospital system for decades. Here’s everything you need to know about the innovative treatment.
WHAT IS IT?
PRP therapy is a form of cosmetic treatment that uses the client’s own platelet rich plasma to revitalize skin improving overall appearance. The platelet rich plasma component isolated from the client’s blood contains precious growth-factor releasing platelets, that when re-introduced back into the skin naturally accelerate production of collagen and elastin to provide overall skin rejuvenation.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
A topical anesthetic is applied to the area that will be treated. A clinician will then draw a small sample of blood which is then spun in a centrifuge for approximately five minutes to separate platelets and plasma from the other blood particles. The platelet rich plasma is then reintroduced back to the treatment area to stimulate collagen and elastin production.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
PRP has a number of benefits. The treatment can improve skin texture and tone, reduce fine lines and scarring, and stimulate collagen and skin cell production for a plumper, more radiant complexion.
WHO IS IT FOR?
PRP is great for anyone who is concerned by any areas of skin that are starting to lose elasticity and volume. It’s also a highly effective method for stimulating your body’s cells to produce new, healthy looking skin and is extremely effective for that delicate under eye area where clients often first notice signs of aging, and where no laser can be used. It is also used to increase the structural integrity and overall health of the skin, particularly skin that has had more than its fair share of sun damage over the years.
IS IT A NEW PROCESS?
PRP is not new and has long been recognized as an effective therapy used in hospitals, surgery centers, medical spas, and sports medicine institutes for decades. It has been known for its effective wound healing properties dating back to the 1970s.
IS IT SAFE?
Yes, PRP is actually a very safe treatment as essentially, you are using your own natural elements without the addition of any foreign products.
WHAT CAN BE TREATED?
PRP is used by many different medical specialties. As a cosmetic, PRP is effective at rejuvenating skin. Common treatment areas include skin around the eyes, face and cheeks, hands, décolletage, and neck.