Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment
If you’ve heard of platelet rich plasma treatment (PRP) you no-doubt know the amazing healing effects, it can have on the skin. In this blog we dive into what PRP is and how it can be applied at Allure.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Your blood is made up of plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. While platelets are primarily known for the work they do in clotting wounds, platelets also contain growth factors. These proteins play a key role in helping heal injuries by boosting collagen production and stimulating cellular regeneration.
Platelet rich plasma is created by harvesting blood from a patient’s own body (typically from the arm) and placing it in a centrifuge. This device separates the particles, helping to concentrate the platelets and separate them from other cells. These platelets are then reintroduced to the plasma, creating a liquid dense with healthy growth factors.
Platelet rich plasma treatments are associated with many positive benefits. Platelet rich plasma in the form of injections or a smearing process has proved effective in treating sports injury victims and helping to relieve joint pain. Cosmetically, platelet rich plasma can help stimulate the production of collagen, leading to a decreased appearance of wrinkles, healthier and glowing skin, and an overall more youthful appearance.
One of the biggest benefits of this treatment is the product used is made from one’s own body, there is little to no risk or allergic reaction. There is also little risk of hyperpigmentation when working with deeper skin tones. If you have a darker skin tone and are concerned about hyperpigmentation, make sure to let your provider know during your initial consolation so they can tailor a plan keeping this in mind.
What Treatments Can Utilize PRP
At Allure, PRP can be applied in one of three ways.
Platelet rich plasma can be injected directly into the face using tiny needles to help alleviate wrinkles, texture, and other signs of aging. This procedure is commonly used on smile lines (nasolabial folds), brows, and crow’s feet.
PRP also works extremely well when paired with Hyaluronic Acid Filler. The filler acts as a framework for the PRP, giving a lifting effect while filling and smoothing any fine lines.
The third way that PLP can be applied is directly to the face following micro needling or a laser treatment.
Each of these treatments are great and offer wonderful results for giving skin a smoother and younger look and feel.
Does Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment Hurt?
The use of platelet rich plasma should not hurt. Before every procedure a numbing agent can be applied. You may experience some mild discomfort, but you shouldn’t experience any significant pain.
Is There Any Downtime?
After your procedure it’s best to take a few days of downtime. You may look a bit red directly after the procedure. However, this should subside within a few days. Avoiding direct sun exposure for the first few days and (as always!) wear sufficient sunblock.
How Many Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments Will I need in Order to See Results?
You and your provider will develop a plan to address your specific concerns during your initial consultation. This consultation will help dictate how many treatments will be necessary.
PRP is such a great procedure to help revitalize your skin. For more information on PRP, contact our team to schedule a consultation with Allure Laser Center & Medispa.