Platelet rich plasma injection is an advanced treatment that can help restore skin to a more youthful-looking state. Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, uses the power of the body’s own healing and growth factors to enhance the health and appearance of damaged skin tissue. PRP therapy is one of the most popular and organic cosmetic treatments available for facial rejuvenation today.

Time is hard on skin – over the years, wear and tear, long hours, acne and acne scarring, exposure to sun and wind, and other environmental factors can cause damage to skin cells and leave facial skin looking thin and tired. Over time, skin also loses its elasticity and strong collagen structure and the skin begins to sag. Fortunately, PRP treatment can rejuvenate skin and regenerate our natural collagen and elastin production.

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PRP Face Injection

What is PRP Injection?

PRP injection for face and skin involves using the patient’s own blood products. The physician performing PRP collects a small blood sample – about 2 teaspoons – from the patient then processes the blood to collect platelets. The process involves spinning the blood in a centrifuge to separate the blood into its components. Specifically, the centrifuge separates plasma and platelets from the rest of the blood.

Plasma is the growth factor rich component of the blood. Platelets are small, colorless disk-shaped cell fragments. Their main job is to clump together to help blood clot and prevent excessive bleeding, but platelets also release substances that promote tissue repair. Platelets release growth factors, for example, which stimulate the growth, survival, and repair of cells. Clinicians have been utilizing PRP injections to deliver growth factors directly to damaged cells in patients since 1999. PRP injections are now utilized for face, neck, under eyes, scalp, arthritis, and various other treatment areas.

Platelet cells are the body’s natural response to soft tissue injury, which makes PRP the most efficient and effective treatment for facial rejuvenation. Platelet cells contain growing and healing factors, so they initiate the repair of damaged and aging skin. PRP injections deliver these platelets directly into the affected area, thereby ensuring the success of PRP therapy every time.
The platelets in the PRP injection also attract stem cells, which are special cells in the body that have the unique ability to become any type of cell and promote the growth of healthy new cells. Stem cells are able to turn into skin cells, for example, which mean PRP injections stimulate the regeneration of healthy skin cells.

Platelets also stimulate the production of collagen, which is a type of protein that provides structure and elasticity to the skin and other tissues within the body. Collagen production decreases with age; loss of collagen in the skin causes wrinkles, sagging skin, and other visible signs of aging.

Benefits of PRP Facial Injections

PRP injection under eyes

The skin around the eyes can lose collagen over time, which makes the skin sag and the undereye area appear hollow. Losing collagen in facial skin also allows bluish blood vessels to become more visible, causing dark circles beneath the eyes. PRP treatment under the eyes targets both discoloration as well as natural loss of volume and restores healthy, even toned, smooth under eyes.

PRP injection neck

The skin on the neck area is another more delicate and thin area, and is therefore very prone to crepiness, sagging, and loss of firmness over time. PRP works to smooth out crepey skin and tightens and blur fine lines and wrinkles altogether.

PRP injection face

Overtime, volume loss occurs most notably in the middle face as hollowing or flattening of the cheeks and temples, and presents in the lower face most commonly in the form of nasolabial folds and marionette lines. PRP is injected to restore natural volume and smooth fine lines and wrinkles with a technique similar to that of a hyaluronic acid filler injection. However, PRP works by stimulating regrowth and healing of damaged and dormant cells in all layers of the skin.

Cost effectiveness

PRP facial injections are often more affordable and cost-effective approaches to achieving a more youthful appearance as they utilize a natural, readily available product produced by the patient and target multiple concerns at once- discoloration, texture, tone, volume loss, etc. PRP injection cost depends largely on the size of the treatment area and the experience of the provider.

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Few PRP injection side effects

PRP injection side effects may include redness, swelling, bruising, tenderness, tingling, numbness,, and/or a feeling of pressure or fullness at the injection sites. Proper care after the PRP procedure can help patients avoid these side effects.

Short PRP injection recovery time

PRP injections jumpstarts and strengthens the healing process. Fresh, youthful-looking skin begins to shine through almost immediately after the procedure, and begins to radiate throughout the recovery period. PRP injection recovery time is about four to six days.

PRP injection aftercare includes keeping the treatment area clean and dry. Avoid makeup for 24 hours following procedure, and use clean pillowcases for three nights following the procedure to reduce the risk of infection. Avoid strenuous exercise or sweating for 24 hours after the PRP procedure. Personalized instructions may be given by your provider to continue to maximize results.

Safety

Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of PRP is that it uses the patient’s own cells for plasma injections, so the body naturally accepts the platelet rich plasma, keeping PRP side effects to a minimum. Because of the wide variety of benefits it provides as well as it’s safety profile, PRP therapy is used across many medical specialties to resolve a wide variety of medical and cosmetic conditions, from healing injured joints to helping skin look younger.

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