Do you ever wish your body could get rid of your wrinkles for you? That’s the idea behind Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. PRP therapy uses concentrated growth factors found in plasma to speed up the body’s natural healing process. PRP can be used to help with sports injuries, arthritis and even reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
PRP uses platelet rich plasma from your blood to regenerate and repair bodily tissue. Platelets act as your body’s little helpers whenever your skin is damaged. These form clots to stop bleeding and contain growth factors which are a type of protein that helps regenerate new cells, reduce inflammation and repair tissue.
The platelet rich plasma preparation method is minimally invasive and straightforward. Blood is drawn from the patient and placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelet rich plasma from white and red blood cells. After separation, the platelet concentrated plasma is then injected near fine lines and wrinkles. This releases growth factors in the body which produce increased amounts of reparative cells and substances such as collagen and hyaluronic acid. Because PRP comes from the body there is a lower risk of rejection. Studies have shown that PRP therapy aids in cell regeneration but scientists are still unsure of how and why this occurs.
PRP harnesses your body’s natural healing process which can be used to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. PRP therapy has been used since the mid-2000’s for cosmetics, scar repair and dermatology. Platelet rich plasm therapy for hair is also a popular treatment because of its success in regrowth. It encourages your body to produce collagen and regenerate tissue which creates tighter, smoother skin. PRP is not a temporary treatment made to cover up fine lines and wrinkles, it’s your body producing new cells that repair damage caused by the sun or aging.
There are many PRP uses that people can benefit from. If you have crows feet, sun damage, uneven skin tone or acne scarring, PRP can help repair and rejuvenate your skin. Even if you don’t struggle with one of these, you can use PRP therapy as a low-risk preventative measure to keep your existing collagen healthy.
If you’re apprehensive and wondering “Do PRP injections hurt?” There is no need to worry. Typically, a numbing cream is applied to the area before treatment to minimize or get rid of the pain felt. This treatment can be applied via injection or microneedling. Microneedling is best for larger areas of the body such as the arms.
For best results, most people typically need 3-6 treatments over a 2-3 month time period. Because PRP therapy is using substances already found in the body, side effects are often obsolete or minimal. Some people may see swelling, redness or bruising that usually clears up after 2-3 days.
Look and feel your best by utilizing your body’s natural healing power. If you’re interested in trying platelet replacement therapy to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, schedule an appointment with the dedicated team at Regenerative Sports Medicine. We can answer any questions and give you more information about PRP including platelet rich plasma injection cost, procedure method and recovery time.