Platelet-rich plasma, also known as PRP or the Vampire Facelift, is a type of therapy used to stimulate healing. Since the 1980’s, the use of platelet-rich plasma has transformed over the years. In the early days, platelet-rich plasma was used in surgical and dental applications, and quickly expanded into orthopedics to augment healing in bone grafts as well as fractures. The use of platelet-rich plasma was so successful, that it began to be used in sports medicine for connective tissue repair. In fact, in 2008, Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver, Hines Ward received platelet-rich plasma therapy for a knee sprain that was so bad, he could not play. And, it was a good thing he did, because the Steelers went on to win the Super Bowl XLII! Ward credited platelet-rich plasma therapy for his ability to play in that game and bring the Pittsburgh Steelers to victory. Platelet-rich plasma is used in, sports medicine, dentistry, and more recently in dermatology for skin rejuvenation. Platelet-rich plasma has long been known as an effective treatment in various surgical and medical fields. Today, it is catching the attention of many for its ability to revitalize skin. Both the face and neck areas can be treated. Additionally, it is also used to improve the appearance of acne scars. Because platelet-rich plasma increases type I collagen and works to repair and regenerate damaged tissues, it has the potential to promote the rejuvenation of aged or prematurely aging skin caused by repeated exposure to UV rays.
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Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy, How It Rejuvenates Skin
In cosmetic medical practice, PRP is used to treat acne, scarring, and alopecia. PRP is also effective for skin rejuvenation and tightening around the eyes. The aging of skin is a result of intrinsic aging and cumulative damage caused by environmental factors. Although our blood is largely made up of a liquid called plasma, it also contains solid components such as red cells, white cells, and platelets. Platelets contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors, which are very important in the healing of injuries. PRP is plasma with more platelets than what is typically found in the blood. The concentration of platelets, and thereby, the concentration of growth factors, can be 5 to 10 times greater. However, to develop a PRP preparation, blood must be drawn first. Once this has been done, the platelets are then separated from other blood cells during a process called centrifugation, in which the concentration of platelets increases. It’s when these concentrated platelets are injected into your body that the real magic happens. They release healing proteins called growth factors, which are used by your cells to accelerate tissue repair and improve wound healing. How does this help to rejuvenate your facial skin? The PRP treatment encourages your body to use its own healing processes more effectively. It rejuvenates your aged skin and replaces damaged skin cells with new ones, significantly faster than what your body could normally achieve on its own.
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The National Institutes of Health cites several controlled clinical studies on using platelet-rich plasma in skin rejuvenation. One such study, published by the Annals of Dermatology in its December, 2016 issue, studied twenty women ranging in age from 40 to 49 years old who were diagnosed with skin aging. All twenty women were healthy, but each required facial skin rejuvenation due to aging. PRP was injected into the right side of the face, and saline was injected into the left side of the face. The results, the PRP side of the face had an increase of collagen while the saline side of the face did not. Thus providing evidence that PRP injections do in fact promote collagen.
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Microneedling with PRP, The Advantage
Microneedling, also commonly known as collagen induction therapy, creates hundreds of tiny pinholes in the top layer of the skin. These pinholes trigger the body to start healing by tricking it into thinking the skin is actually damaged, and that new collagen must be generated. Each pinhole creates a super absorption conduit for anti-aging products that are applied to the skin. In fact, this potent anti-aging treatment allows the skin to absorb nutrients by 3000% more during the first hour after treatment. Imagine, then, how effective it is when paired with platelet-rich plasma. Both microneedling and platelet-rich plasma are amazing stand-alone medical aesthetic procedures, but when combined together they yield even more dramatic results.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
Your face is your calling card and one of the first things people notice when they meet you. Make sure it gives the right first impression. Whether you are looking to create a new you for the New Year or simply want to reverse the signs of aging, we can help. When it comes to providing and delivering results, Dr. Tara Brown has years of experience treating skin imperfections and restoring a youthful glow. If you have questions about our platelet-rich plasma therapy call us at (619) 222-2020 ext. 142 to learn how we can help.