One of the keys to a vibrant and healthy life is having confidence and a healthy, high self-esteem, and one way of doing so is to maintain a rejuvenated appearance, especially in the face. Faces are usually the first thing people notice, so for most of us, curbing signs of aging as they begin is crucial to maintaining a healthy glow and feel. One great way to boost facial appearance is through platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments. These treatments use your own blood to stimulate new growth, encourage new collagen creation, and ultimately lead to a smoother, glowing appearance.
PRP Treatment Procedure
A PRP treatment uses the patient’s own blood, so Dr. Spiegel will take a small sample of blood to begin each treatment. This sample is then processed until it separates and concentrates the platelets, or specialized blood cells, which help with clotting and contribute to the natural healing process from the rest of the blood components. Platelets also contain various growth factors, or proteins, which all help stimulate tissue regeneration and promote new skin growth. After processing, the PRP treatment is then injected into and around the affected area.
PRP treatments can work wonders for those who don’t want to get injectable fillers or surgery. Ideal candidates for PRP treatments include patients who are looking to get rid of acne or other facial scarring, replace lost facial volume, or smooth wrinkles and deep lines. PRP treatments have also been shown to be beneficial for those suffering from certain forms of alopecia, or hair loss.
Patients looking to get PRP treatments should expect realistic results that can last up to 18 months, or even longer if combined with other treatments or procedures. Because PRP treatments use the body’s natural inflammation process to stimulate growth and healing, candidates must stop smoking, drinking alcohol, and taking any anti-inflammatory medications for at least two weeks before the first treatment. Because PRP treatments use your own blood to treat the area, there is no risk of infection from a treatment and little to no risk of an allergic reaction.
PRP treatments can:
- Diminish acne scars
- Lighten dark spots or other facial scarring
- Improve facial volume and texture
- Smooth lines and wrinkles
- Tighten and rejuvenate skin around the eyes and cheeks
- Stimulate natural collagen growth
- Treat certain types of hair loss
Treatments using PRP:
- Provide non-surgical rejuvenation
- Restore healthier, more youthful skin
- Stimulate collagen for lasting improvement
- Are all-natural
- Do not require downtime
- Will not result in scarring
PRP is a non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment that is safe. Temporary side effects can include:
Because PRP treatments cause mild inflammation that naturally encourages the skin’s healing process, patients will experience mild to moderate swelling in the first day or two. There may be slight bruising or needle marks where the PRP treatments were placed, which could be visible for a few days. Most of these symptoms should fade away within days of treatment as the platelet growth factors begin to stimulate collagen, boosting new skin growth and smoothing lines, scars, and wrinkles. Ideally, PRP treatments should be repeated at least three times within the first six months, with treatments two to three weeks apart, and touch-up treatments twice a year after that.
The effects of PRP treatment are usually immediate, with patients able to see positive effects almost right away. Once the initial swelling subsides, PRP treatments usually leave patients with smoother, clearer skin and a glowing complexion. Repeated treatments will only encourage more collagen stimulation and new skin growth, leading to a better appearance in the long run. The effects of PRP treatments can vary but can last up to 18 months. PRP treatments can also be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures for more dramatic changes. PRP treatments combined with fat grafts, for example, are a good treatment plan to target acne scars and lost facial volume.