Dermal fillers and injectables like BOTOX and Dysport can do wonders to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, but what if you want something to treat other signs of aging, like changes in skin tone and texture that can leave your face looking worn and tired? If that sounds appealing to you, PRP injection could be a good solution.
What is PRP?
Blood is composed of many elements, including red and white blood cells, plasma (the liquid portion of blood) and platelets. Platelets in turn contain important growth factors that help skin heal after being damaged. PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, an enriched blood product that’s made from your own blood and contains five times – or more – the normal number of platelets.
In PRP injections, a sample of your own blood is processed to concentrate the number of platelets. Then this concentrated product is reinjected throughout the face to promote a natural healing response that helps reduce the damage caused by aging, restructuring skin so it looks and feels more resilient. If that treatment sounds familiar, you might know it by its “other” name – the vampire facial – made popular after celebrity Kim Kardashian went public with her own treatments a few years ago.
Once PRP is injected into your skin, it stimulates the production of collagen to form a stronger scaffolding for skin to reverse damage and reduce laxity that contributes to wrinkles and changes in texture. One of the main advantages of PRP injection is that because it uses your own blood, there’s no risk of allergic reactions that can occur with other types of injectables.
PRP injections use very thin needles so discomfort is minimized, and treatments take under a half hour to complete. Afterwards, your skin may appear pinkish or sunburned for two or three days. You should begin to see initial results in about a month as new collagen forms.
Halo Laser and Aesthetic Medicine is a top-ranked provider of PRP cosmetic dermatology treatments for men and women. To learn if PRP is right for you, schedule an evaluation today.