The body has an amazing capability to heal itself so long as the required nutrients aren’t in short supply. Healing can also be accelerated through the introduction of special growth factors. The platelets in our blood can actually help jump-start the rebuilding of skin and other tissue. This is how platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is used to help rejuvenate the facial skin. PRP therapy uses the body’s own blood to help create newer, healthier skin tissue. There’s no risk of cross-contamination because the client’s own blood is used. If you’ve become annoyed with the tiny lines or wrinkles on your face and the brittleness of your facial skin, PRP therapy may be just what you’ve been looking for in a treatment.
The Science Behind PRP Therapy
Blood platelets form a mesh when exposed to oxygen. This stops bleeding in a cut or scrape. The platelets’ work isn’t finished, however. Proteins and other growth factors in the platelets become the first nutrients used to create replacement tissue.
When concentrated blood platelets are skillfully injected into certain areas of the skin, the body senses that an injury has occurred. Although there is no actual injury, an accelerated tissue replacement process begins. Old and damaged skin cells are discarded in favor of newer epidermis being created in the lower skin layers. The result is smoother skin with less wrinkles. Collagen production increases to a slight degree during the skin creation process, so this is an added bonus of PRP therapy.
What to Expect
When we perform PRP therapy, we draw a small amount of blood from the client. The blood is spun in a centrifuge at a specified speed until the platelets and plasma are separated from the red cells. The platelets and plasma are then prepared for injection. This solution is then injected into preselected areas where severe wrinkling exists.
The procedure is performed in the comfort of our office. There is little to no downtime for the client, and normal activities can be resumed at once.
The Rejuvenation Process
After treatment, the creation of new skin tissue accelerates. The new epidermis rises to the surface, and because it is full of collagen, it is much suppler than the tissue it is replacing. In the months following the treatment, clients notice their wrinkles slowly fading from view.
It’s important to remember that although PRP therapy isn’t a permanent solution to the problem of aging skin, it’s a repeatable procedure. Many individuals work it into their periodic skin care maintenance program, having the treatment performed at regular intervals.
PRP therapy can help restore your facial features to a more youthful condition. When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Gavrila at ProMD Health, you can get the facts about how PRP therapy can help you get rid of those facial wrinkles. Contact us today to book an appointment at our office in Washington, DC, Annapolis or Baltimore.