How Does PRP Therapy Work?

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As women, looking good is an important part of feeling good. As we grow older and battle against the signs of aging, we are always on the lookout for new and effective treatments that help us look our best. A few years ago, Platelet Rich Plasma (also known as PRP) injections were popular amongst sports players for their ability to help heal wounds and injuries. However, celebrities like Kim Kardashian are now also receiving PRP therapy for its anti-aging and rejuvenating effects. If you are considering incorporating PRP therapy into your skin care routine, here’s what you need to know.

What is PRP Therapy?

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, also known as ‘Blood Therapy’, involves the use of platelet rich plasma (PRP), or blood plasma, as a means of improving and promoting tissue repair and regeneration. The process was initially performed in hospitals to aid in injury recovery and became very popular amongst professional athletes, particularly football players. It was used to treat stubborn injuries like tennis elbow and tendonitis. The plasma is injected into injured parts of the body, stimulating the healing process and significantly reducing healing time even for ligaments. It’s a great practice because it’s non surgical and uses the body’s own resources to heal itself.

How does PRP Therapy work?

Platelets are what cause your stem cells to flock to damaged areas of the body to start rebuilding tissue, and by injecting platelets directly into a site, the healing process is not only sped up, but has an exaggerated response. Essentially, when you inject platelet rich plasma into areas like your cheeks, jaw, neckline, hands, or scalp, you are sending your body into hyper healing mode. This makes it particularly useful in anti-aging pursuits.

What can I expect during the procedure?

The procedure is simple and considered very safe, due to the fact that a patient is using blood from their own body. Before a patient is injected, doctors will draw blood from the patient so it can be spun down in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. This can be done on the same day and only takes 15-20 minutes. Once the platelets are concentrated, the injection process only takes another 20 minutes, depending on how many areas are being treated. It’s quick and virtually risk free, making it a great option for women who don’t want to deal with the hassles and danger of cosmetic surgery.

What are the anti-aging benefits of PRP?

What makes PRP therapy so vital to the anti-aging process are its accelerated healing and regeneration effects. As we age, certain functions and aspects of our bodies start to degrade, like production of collagen and elastin, two substances responsible for keeping skin firm and promoting a youthful appearance. PRP therapy can help collagen and elastin rebuild, and some evidence suggests it can promote hair growth if injected into the scalp. Talk to your dermatologist to find out if PRP therapy might be right for you.

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