5 facts about platelet-rich plasma treatments

5 facts about platelet-rich plasma treatments

Are you considering platelet-rich plasma as your next skincare treatment? Here’s how it can benefit and revive your complexion.

The term platelet-rich plasma was coined by a hematologist working on new transfusion methods for patients in the 1970s. Just 10 years later, it started being used in maxillofacial surgery and is now common across various fields of medicine. PRP can be performed as a minimally-invasive procedure with little to no downtime to treat a variety of cosmetic concerns.

If you are considering platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, to address skin issues you may be dealing with, here are five facts about this transformative treatment.

 5 facts about platelet-rich plasma treatments

FACT #1: PRP uses the patient’s own blood

A vial of blood is drawn from the patient’s arm. This is then separated in a centrifuge so that the plasma can be extracted and reinjected into specific treatment sites. This promotes healing and the growth of new cells.

FACT #2: It can treat a variety of cosmetic concerns

PRP is loved and widely used because of its versatility. In fact, it can treat a whole host of dermatological concerns ranging from scars, uneven tone and texture, fine lines and wrinkles, spider veins, and sun damage.

FACT #3: There are few side effects and little downtime

Because platelet-rich plasma uses an individual’s blood, there’s no chance of rejection. This leads patients to experience very few, if any, side effects. You will need to avoid strenuous activities for a few days and use the skincare products prescribed by your dermatologist.

FACT #4: It can promote collagen production

Our bodies produce less collagen as we age. This is the main culprit – along with UV damage – behind aging skin. PRP injections are known to promote the production of collagen in the area, resulting in a plumper, rejuvenated skin complexion.

FACT #5: It works well with other treatments

Platelet-rich plasma treatments are often performed at the same time as other procedures – such as microneedling – to enhance the overall effect of both. These work together effectively to produce even more pronounced results.

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