In plastic surgery and dermatology, we often focus on new technology and trends to enhance the appearance of the face and help patients look younger.
In recent years, many non-invasive cosmetic procedures have been introduced that can turn back the clock and refresh your appearance. One of them is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections.
PRP treatment, also known as a vampire facial, is created by removing a few teaspoons of your blood and spinning it in a centrifuge. This process concentrates the blood platelets that contain critical growth factors. PRP can be helpful to rejuvenate aging facial skin, smooth lines, and wrinkles, heal injuries, and more.
Below is more information about the benefits of PRP treatment.
PRP Treatment Overview
PRP involves microneedling, which means the healthcare provider uses a roller with tiny needles over the face to create thousands of small channels in the top skin layer. This process triggers your body to make new skin tissue to replace older skin marred by wrinkles, scars, discoloration, or stretch marks.
The micro-injuries stimulate your skin to produce collagen, and PRP, which is spread over the face, speeds healing and growth of new tissue.
1. Increases Collagen Production
After you’re 25 or so, the body’s production of collagen drops a lot. It continues to decline throughout your 30s and 40s unless you take action to boost collagen production. Also, the quality of the collagen your skin produces drops, so your skin starts to look older.
Whether you’re upset by wrinkles, fine lines, or folds, or you have other obvious skin issues, there is an excellent chance PRP treatment will make your skin look younger. It does so by boosting collagen production.
This happens during PRP treatment when the tiny needles break into the upper skin layer during the microneedling process.
As soon as the epidermis and dermis are penetrated, collagen begins to heal the skin. And your body begins to grow stronger and healthier collagen.
This better-quality collagen will take two or three weeks to grow. But you should notice your facial skin tightening within a few hours.
2. Reduced Wrinkles And Lines
The facial wrinkles and lines that accompany aging are the most common reasons patients want PRP treatment. These typical aging signs are usually reduced because the treatment causes new, fresh skin to grow.
Old skin cells are shed, new cells with fresh elastin and collagen grow, and wrinkles and lines are eliminated as the skin gets tighter.
If you have deep folds between the nose and mouth, you may notice they become less prominent as this area plumps up over several weeks.
3. Tighter Skin
Collagen also is important to keep the skin firm and tight. The skin begins to sag as you get older, but you don’t necessarily develop lines and wrinkles. However, the facial skin may thin as you age, and the cheeks and lips could become thinner.
Collagen from PRP treatment plumps up your skin, and some patients may opt to boost volume in the lips. Others prefer this procedure to increase cheek volume as an alternative to a facelift or dermal fillers.
4. Better Moisture Retention
The thicker and stronger the skin is, the more protection is offered to the deep skin layers. Having stronger, thicker skin also helps it to stay moist, and it also unclogs the pores. This makes various skin creams and moisturizers you use penetrate more effectively.
Also, the PRP treatment can reduce the size of pores, and this makes it easier to absorb skincare products to enhance your appearance.
5. Improve Skin Texture And Tone
If your face has surgical scars, acne scars, discoloration, or other types of poor skin texture and tone, you will benefit from PRP treatment.
As the old skin cells are shed, and new ones are created, you will be impressed by how better your skin looks after a single PRP treatment.
6. Quick Treatment
You might think at first glance that PRP treatment will take a long time. But your blood is drawn quickly, and it takes only about five minutes to separate the plasma in a centrifuge.
Then, the treatment itself takes between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on how much area is treated.
7. Long-Term Results
Some popular anti-aging facial treatments only last one or two weeks before you need more. But many patients are delighted to discover they only need PRP treatment every one or two years to maintain their younger appearance.
Also, microneedling alone usually requires three or four treatments, but you may only need one or two treatments with PRP.
8. No Downtime
This procedure is non-surgical, so there’s no downtime after PRP treatment. With regular microneedling, you may have redness for more than a week. But when you add plasma to the equation, it makes the skin heal within hours.
Request A PRP Consultation
Considering PRP treatment in New Jersey? Dr. Smita. R. Ramanadham can help you obtain the results you want. Dr. Ramanadham will go over your options, goals, and more to determine if you’re a good candidate for this popular cosmetic procedure.
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