One of the most promising new beauty treatments available, the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) procedure, has deep roots in medical science and is yielding excellent results both in clinical trials and for Dr. Hannah Vu’s patients here at Skinzone Laser & Cosmetic Surgery.
Your body does all the work
Platelets are blood cells that are responsible for clotting and repairing damage, so if you get a small cut on your arm, platelets help you stop bleeding.
PRP has been used for many years in different medical situations, such as following surgery or to help treat damaged tendons. Platelets contain growth factors and other special proteins that become active when your body signals that there’s damage to be repaired.
During a PRP procedure, Dr. Vu draws your blood, spins it in a centrifuge, and prepares the platelet-rich plasma. She injects the PRP in specific areas or administers it after using a special tool that creates many micropunctures in your skin. Because the PRP was extracted from your own body, the risk of an allergic reaction is very low.
Your comfort is a top concern
If the idea of hundreds of tiny punctures in your skin leaves you less than enthusiastic, you should be aware that Dr. Vu does everything possible to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Your face will be numbed, and the treatment itself only takes a few minutes.
The micropunctures send the signal to the platelets that it’s time for them to get to work. Even though the wounds are tiny, they’re enough to cause the platelets to begin their healing action.
Following the procedure you may have some swelling and slight bruising. Dr. Vu and her staff will provide you with thorough aftercare instructions to help reduce any discomfort. Many patients see improvement within a day or so of the procedure.
The positive results
In addition to firmer skin, you can expect more radiance and an overall fresher look. The PRP stimulates new cell growth, and the benefit is that all those cells are new and undamaged. Your skin tone will be more even, and blemishes diminished.
Although PRP has been used medically for many years, its use as a cosmetic tool is relatively new. Recently, the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery published a review of all the studies investigating PRP for aesthetic purposes. The researchers found that the majority of studies reported positive results, with few side effects or complications as a result of the procedure.
PRP is an appropriate treatment for most people for facial rejuvenation, and the risks are low, particularly compared with some other treatments. If you’re worried about possible side effects from Botox® or dermal fillers, you may want to investigate PRP.
If you’re in or near Alhambra or Santa Ana, California, book your appointment online or by phone at Skinzone to learn more about the benefits of PRP. Dr. Vu is happy to provide a consultation and discuss your unique situation, and she’ll answer any questions you may have about this effective, new approach to younger-looking skin.