Ever consider getting your own blood boy? Fortunately, your skin can reap many of the benefits of a blood boy minus the creepiness and possible jail time.
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is a natural alternative to conventional skin care treatments. This blog post fills you in on how PRP therapy works, if it’s safe, how to tell if it’s for you and the results you can expect from PRP.
1. How does Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Work?
Basically, PRP therapy works by taking advantage of the healing power of platelets that exist inside your blood. When your body is injured, the first thing it does is increase its production of platelets.
The first step is to draw a vial of your blood. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge for about 6 minutes. After intense spinning, the blood will separate into two distinct layers. The top layer is extracted and injected into the area you would like improved.
The concentrated platelets in the top layer of the blood work to repair skin tissues and assist your body in producing new skin cells. The concentration of platelets also gets your body producing more collagen, which naturally tightens your skin. Higher levels of collagen and new tissues make PRP therapy excellent for fighting sun damage and the effects of aging on your skin.
2. Is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy safe?
Since the main ingredient in PRP therapy is your own blood, there is minimal risk for infection, allergic reaction or rejection of the procedure. Platelet Rich Plasma therapy takes advantage of the natural healing powers of platelets by injecting them on demand instead of only when you’re injured.
Some side effects include a dull pain at the injection site. There also a small risk of damaging an artery or vein since the procedure uses a needle to inject that platelets. There’s usually mild swelling and redness that should go away within 1-3 days.
Since this is a minimally invasive process, there’s no need for general anesthesia or hospitalization. Usually, you’ll have the area that’s being worked on frozen before the procedure begins. All together the process takes about 15 to 20 minutes.
3. How can I tell if Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is for me?
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is excellent for addressing fine lines and textural changes to your skin. The procedure also works well for restoring lost volume to your skin.
The only people advised to stay away from PRP therapy are heavy smokers and drinkers. The heavy concentration of drugs in your system causes the treatment to be not as effective. Usually, smokers and drinkers get poor results from the therapy.
4. What can I expect regarding results?
Usually, the goal of Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is to tighten your skin, soften lines and improve your skin texture. The full results of the procedure are most evident about three to four weeks after your injection. After your body has time to incorporate the extra platelets in your skin, you’ll be able to notice a difference.
Usually, PRP therapy is combined with laser treatments, Botox, chemical peels and other skin care procedures. PRP therapy works well on its own, but it’s not a final solution for all your skin issues. Maintaining your PRP therapy treatments over time helps to make the process more efficient.
All in all, Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is an exciting alternative to traditional skin care procedures. PRP therapy is great since it eliminates the concern of putting chemicals in your body and it’s minimally invasive. If you’re interested in PRP therapy, your first step is to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon to see if it’s the right approach for your body.