Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections-All you need to know
PRP facials were popularized when Kim Kardashian received one and was all over Instagram as the face of the “Vampire” facial. Contrary to the headlines, this treatment is actually much more natural than it looks. PRP is short for “platelet-rich plasma” injections. The theory behind platelet-rich plasma injections stems from the fact that platelets help with the skin’s natural healing process. This means that injecting extra concentrated platelets back into the skin triggers a natural healing process that tightens and rejuvenates skin. PRP is a newer technique in dermatology and cosmetic medicine and has been used to treat scarring, acne, and hair loss effectively.
How does PRP work?
PRP works by taking a sample of the client’s own blood. The sample is then centrifuged (usually in-office) to concentrate the platelets. These platelets have helpful effects on tissue remodeling. PRP basically takes the best part of the blood and uses it to benefit the skin. It’s also a safe option because the treatment is coming from the client’s own blood, so there’s no allergy risk.
Why should a client get a PRP treatment?
PRP has many benefits in both cosmetics and pain relief. The dermatology field started using PRP in the last few years. However, orthopedic doctors have used PRP to help heal injured joints for many years. For dermatology, cosmetic, or orthopedic results, PRP triggers natural rejuvenation and growth through the client’s own body’s processes.
What happens during a PRP treatment?
PRP treatments start off with a topical numbing cream spread over the area. After the blood is spun to concentrate the platelet-rich plasma, you’ll then use microneedling to both stimulate the skin and help it absorb the plasma. The combination of PRP and microneedling employs the natural healing power of the client’s own body. The entire PRP process can take less than an hour. Immediately after a PRP facial, redness is expected and normal.
What are the immediate effects of PRP?
Natural and refreshed is the goal of PRP treatments. About one to three weeks after a PRP facial, the skin will look clear, smooth, and more glowy. These results will last for months after the treatment.
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