Skin treatments are everywhere. Everyone is obsessed about having good and clear skin. As you get older, you will have new skin problems. If in high school you whined about oily skin and pimples, when you get into your 30s you will worry about dryness and wrinkles. Caring for your skin is just as important now.
One of the most recent skin treatments for aging is called the Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy or PRP. It got a lot of attention last year because of its effectiveness. The rationale behind the Platelet Rich Plasma therapy does make sense. Blood is your body’s doctor. It heals and delivers nutrients and food to all parts of your body. It delivers collagen and white blood cells that speed up healing. Using blood as a skin care treatment is good because it can double or triple the body’s healing mechanism and get you back on track.
This treatment started to make waves in the sports therapy scene but this year it has been used as an anti-aging treatment. Here’s the physiology behind it: blood has red and white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Platelets contain proteins called growth factors, which, when released into the skin, will stimulate tissue repair or tissue building. PRP therapy begins by harvesting your own platelets, isolating them and re-injecting them in a concentrated dose.
As an anti-aging treatment, PRP therapy can help grow collagen in the skin. Platelets actually have the ability to stimulate the growth of fibroblast cells, which are responsible for collagen production, so this claim is not as unusual as it sounds. Once you are injected with a concentrated formula of platelets, it can restore the suppleness of the skin and smooth out your wrinkles.
Is the process painful? It is only as painful as a normal injection. The process uses hypodermic or intramuscular needles, depending on where the platelets are to be injected. Other skin treatments are more painful than the PRP. There is also very little downtime because there are no open wounds or sensitive skin that needs special attention. You can make an appointment with a specialist during your lunch hour and be back at work on time.
So far there are no serious side effects to the PRP therapy, mostly because the proteins injected into the patient’s body also comes from him. The body does not recognize the platelets as outsiders, which is why they do not cause any allergic reactions.
The world of skin care is evolving and is gearing towards better and more “organic” techniques and products. The PRP therapy is as organic as skin procedures can get because it uses the patient’s own blood to treat wrinkles.