Our skin is one of the attributes that we treasure most. Who doesn’t want healthy and youthful-looking skin? Unfortunately, time is not always our friend when it comes to looking young and fresh. As we age, fine lines start to gradually appear around our lips, near our eyes, and on our forehead. These telltale signs of aging are definitely something we could do without. Although we cannot hold them off forever, there are certain cosmetic procedures that can help us to delay the signs of aging and subtly keep our skin tight and wrinkle-free for as long as is possible. One of the most common non-surgical procedures used to rejuvenate the face is PRP treatment.

What Is PRP Treatment?

PRP, or Platelet-Rich Plasma, treatment is a procedure for rejuvenating the skin of the face using one’s own blood platelets. Blood from one’s body is taken, processed, and injected into the areas where new cell growth is required. It is considered to be a fairly safe cosmetic procedure, as it does not involve injecting any foreign substances into the body.

After blood is drawn from one’s body, the blood is treated in a centrifuge, which enables the separation of the heavier components of the blood from the lighter components – in other words, the blood cells from the plasma. The plasma is then injected in the areas where new cell growth is required. The plasma stimulates collagen and rejuvenates damaged skin cells. PRP treatments have primarily been used for treating other medical injuries. It is only lately that PRP treatments are being used in cosmetic procedures. A doctor needs to have a detailed history of your medical illnesses, and you will not be allowed to undergo the treatment if you suffer from an auto-immune disease or cancer. In such cases, the surgery can be risky and non-beneficial.

PRP treatments are best performed as early on as possible, preferably as soon as you notice the onset of the signs of aging. This way, the effects of the treatment can last longer.

After Surgery

There are minimal side effects to the procedure, as it is minimally invasive and does not involve any harmful chemicals. Most patients may experience some swelling or redness in the areas where the PRP has been injected. This is normal and should subside with time. For noticeable results, at least two to three sessions of treatment at intervals of four to six weeks are recommended. One of the first things most patients notice after a PRP treatment is improved skin elasticity. The full results take time to appear and may take as long as three months. Usually, one course of treatment is enough, but in some cases, a touch-up treatment may be required. The effects of the surgery can last longer if patients refrain from smoking and engage in healthy eating habits and a proper exercise routine.

Schedule a PRP Consultation with Dr. Light

Speak with Dr. Kevin Light, an expert in bioidentical hormone therapy, nutrition, and fitness, to find out more about PRP treatments. To arrange your consultation, contact our office today.