What Are The Benefits Of PRP?
If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your skin texture without using synthetic solutions, PRP might be for you. This natural injectable improves skin tone and elasticity with long lasting results. The benefits of PRP are numerous – it is an excellent way to rejuvenate your skin using your own body’s growth and healing factors. It can also be used as a non surgical treatment to rejuvenate painful joints such as the knees.
What is PRP?
PRP stands for “platelet rich plasma.” This cosmetic injectable treatment promotes collagen growth and rejuvenation of aging or uneven skin. Blood contains red and white blood cells, along with the powerhouse growth and healing agent, platelets. During the treatment, about 20cc of your own blood is processed at high speeds in a centrifuge to concentrate the plasma and platelets. That portion is then injected into areas of the skin needing improvement in elasticity and tone. For painful joints, the PRP is injected into the joint directly. The total process takes about 30 minutes. After the procedure, you’ll see results in 2-4 weeks that are incredibly long lasting – up to 18 months. We see you for follow up visits at 2 weeks and 6 weeks to ensure healing is on track.
Are There Any Risks?
Some people might be concerned about the use of blood products, but only the patient’s own blood is used. As a result, this procedure doesn’t carry the same risks as transfusion. However, there are some patient requirements to ensure the safety and efficacy of PRP. This treatment cannot be used on patients who are on blood thinners (Coumadin, Plavix, etc). Anyone who is using anti-inflammatory drugs, either prescription or over the counter, must stop them 7 days prior to the procedure. Cardiac patients who are on an Aspirin regimen may continue their medication.
Aside from these stipulations, PRP is considered very safe. Though the cosmetic application is fairly new, the technology is not. PRP has been used in medical applications for wound care since the 1970s.
What Are The Benefits of PRP?
PRP has the advantage of being a natural injectable, meaning there are no side effects related to foreign matter. The procedure stimulates collagen and elastin, which tightens the skin and eliminates fine lines and wrinkles. It improves overall skin tone and texture, especially in the case of rosacea or acne. PRP can be used in delicate or hard to treat areas like under the eye – that other treatments are not approved for. In just a few weeks you reveal completely rejuvenated skin. Plus, results last 12-18 months on average.
For joint damage and pain, PRP therapy helps restore concentrations of hyaluronic acid in the knee due to synovial fibroblast and hepatocyte growth factors in the platelet substance. This helps to reverse joint damage, reducing pain and improving function of the joint.
Are you considering PRP? Give us a call or contact us through our website. We will discuss your options and if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Right now through the month of September, get $100 off any PRP treatment. Take advantage of this special offer today!