Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a form of regenerative medicine that helps to turbocharge healing by enriching a small sample of a person’s blood with their own platelets. Dermatologists use PRP therapy for anti-aging treatments to help slow down the signs of aging caused by fine lines and wrinkles.
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
A small sample of blood is drawn and run through a centrifuge to break the sample down into its components. A higher concentration of platelets and growth factor are then applied to the treatment area for accelerated healing and tissue recovery. PRP has been used in many areas of medicine like orthopedics and surgery. In the field of dermatology, it has been used for everything from treating burns and wounds, to anti-aging and skin tightening and rejuvenation. PRP treatments help the skin to create more collagen, a key component of firm, youthful skin and the best protection against fine lines and wrinkles. Some studies suggest that PRP treatments can also help to address the effects of sun damage and premature aging.
Benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma for Skin Rejuvenation
PRP differs from other injectable treatments like Botox and Juvederm because rather than temporarily fill in fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, eyes, and cheeks, PRP uses the body’s own natural regenerative properties to stimulate the production of new collagen to help tighten and firm aging skin from within. Because it uses the patient’s own blood, there are minimal side effects compared to other treatments. PRP treatments are designed to increase volume and fullness of facial tissue, with overall improvements to the skin’s tone and texture. PRP can also be used in conjunction with cosmetic treatments like Botox to enhance the overall results. The standard treatment involves three treatments with one to two months between each treatment, and require little to no downtime after treatment.