Have you been looking into skin treatments that work with your body? A PRP shot can be an excellent way to address a range of skin concerns, and it does so through the power of your own blood. At ProMD Health in Baltimore, MD, we proudly serve a range of locations, including Baltimore, MD. Today we’re going over some of the benefits of PRP as a cosmetic treatment.
What Are the Benefits of Getting a PRP Shot?
Restore and Enhance
If time or sun damage has taken a toll on your skin, a PRP shot can be used to enhance your natural beauty, and restore various areas of your face. Since the results partly come from giving your collagen levels a powerful boost, this treatment can offer benefits that are both effective and look natural.
Safe and Gentle
PRP is made by processing the patient’s own blood with a centrifuge. This machine spins the blood samples to separate your blood into various layers. One of these layers is the platelet-rich plasma. PRP, full of concentrated nutrients and healing properties, is ideal for cosmetic treatments. The body already recognizes the material since it was sourced from your own body, which is a big part of why this treatment is considered both safe and gentle for the body.
Some patients are more comfortable with the idea of a naturally-sourced treatment. This can be due to personal preferences, or allergies that may interfere with their ability to seek out other injectable treatments. Regardless of your reasons, you can enjoy great benefits and peace of mind at the same time with a PRP shot.
One common effect of aging is volume loss throughout the face. This can be due to fat redistribution. PRP injections are a natural way to help support that youthful volume. Cheeks are a common area that can fall inward as volume is lost. PRP can help correct that, as it can be used almost anywhere throughout the face.
So many different areas can be treated with PRP. Common areas of treatment include the cheeks, mid-face, and the neck. Being a gentle treatment option, it can be used to treat the delicate skin around the eyes as well.
In addition to battling skin damage and signs of aging, it can also be used to improve the appearance of mild scars throughout the body.
In as little as three to four weeks after your treatment, you can expect to see results setting in. These results will continue to improve as the PRP shot stimulates your skin’s collagen and keratin production. Many patients can enjoy the benefits of their treatment for an impressive two years. Sometimes the results last even longer.
Sun damage is often considered one of the leading causes of premature aging. It can contribute to the development of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as “crepey skin” and skin texture concerns. If you’re dealing with sun damage, PRP can be used to encourage new, healthy skin growth. PRP contains various growth factors that can help encourage your skin to regenerate.
What Can Be Treated?
Wrinkles and Lines
Wrinkles and lines can pop up all throughout the face, including around the eyes. Fine lines and wrinkles can also affect the neck and other areas of the body. While we can’t stop the hands of time, we can help give your skin the nutrients it needs to support itself.
Gravity, a loss of collagen, and sun damage can all wear down the skin. PRP helps call in more collagen to the treated areas and offers a much-needed nutritional boost. Both of these factors can help strengthen, tighten, and smooth out the skin.
Tone and Texture
Uneven skin tone and texture are common concerns that can be challenging to treat. By encouraging skin health from the inside out, PRP can help encourage skin regrowth on a cellular level. This can help smooth out and unify the skin’s appearance.
Nasolabial folds start behind the nostrils and extend down to each corner of the mouth. A PRP shot is one of the treatments we offer to address this concern. PRP can be paired with other treatments too, so we would be happy to let you know about our filler options.
Neck and Jawline
The neck and jawline aren’t immune to the effects of aging and sun damage. Horizontal and vertical lines can travel across the neck, while the jawline can begin to lose its structure. Our team has a range of treatments to help our patients with this, and PRP is one of them.
If lines and wrinkles around your chest are affecting your self-confidence, this treatment can help smooth out these wrinkles and improve your skin’s health and structure.
Hands can be affected by volume loss, age spots, texture concerns, and wrinkling. This is a flexible treatment option and can be used on the hands as well as the face.
Acne is often considered a problem we face as teenagers. The truth is, our battles with acne can leave scars well into our adult years. This can leave patients frustrated as they struggle to find effective treatments that are safe for sensitive facial skin. PRP’s ability to encourage skin regeneration can help reduce the appearance of scars.
A series of treatments may be especially helpful if you’re looking to treat acne scars. We would be happy to meet with you and plan out a treatment plan that fits into your schedule and gives you the best chance at success.
Weight fluctuation and hormonal changes can contribute to the appearance of stretch marks. Stretch marks can vary in size and appearance, but what some patients may not realize is they are considered a type of scar. As with acne scars, PRP can be used to improve the appearance of stretch marks.
While a harmless condition, cellulite can change the appearance of the skin. It often causes dimpling throughout the legs and other areas. PRP can be utilized as a non-surgical way to effectively manage cellulite.
Growth factors aren’t just good for the skin, it’s great for hair too. If you’ve noticed your hair beginning to thin, PRP could help encourage healthier and fuller hair growth.
FAQ About PRP
1. How Long Does It Take?
Depending on the complexity of your specific treatment, you can expect the process to take about 60 to 90 minutes.
2. How Is This Treatment Delivered?
PRP has been used in a range of ways. It can be injected directly into the skin, or it can be paired with microneedling. Microneedling is like an ultimate professional exfoliation, and it can help your skin readily absorb treatments like PRP too.
3. Is There Any Downtime?
We know life is busy. The good news is you don’t have to worry about downtime with this treatment. We’re happy to offer a treatment that allows our patients to come in for their appointment, then head right back out to enjoy the rest of their day.
4. How Long Has This Treatment Been Used?
Platelet-rich plasma describes a plasma with higher platelet counts when compared to circulating blood. This term was coined in the 1970s. Soon after, it was discovered that PRP had valuable anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to stimulate cell growth.
Over the decades since its discovery, PRP has been used to help athletes recover faster from injuries. As it grew in popularity, more uses were discovered, including cosmetic ones. Just as it can be used to help repair damaged tissue and muscles, it can be used to help repair damaged skin.
5. Who Is a Good Candidate?
This treatment can be used for any range of skin tones and a wide range of ages. Its flexibility as a treatment makes it a great option to try. Ultimately the best way to know if PRP is the right fit for you is to come in for a consultation. Our experienced team would be happy to explain the treatment process and lay out your various treatment options.
6. What Other Treatments Are Available?
We have a variety of treatments to help you look and feel your best. Dermal fillers, tattoo removal, laser treatments and more can be used to help you feel more confident in your skin. Meanwhile, we offer a range of options such as hormone therapy to support you from the inside out.
It’s our goal to find you the right fit for your needs, and we’re confident we can help you along that journey. Our financing options can help our patients fit their care into their budget with minimal stress. Before you come in to visit us, feel free to write down any questions you have, and a list of concerns you’d like treated. Our team will do our utmost to meet your needs in every way we can.
Ready To Schedule a Consultation?
We have locations in Arlington, VA; Annapolis, Columbia, and Baltimore, MD; and even a location in Wellington, FL. Regardless of which office is closest to you, our helpful teams would be happy to help answer your questions and get you set up with the right treatment plan. Reach out to us at ProMD Health in Baltimore, MD, or one of our other locations today to learn more!