Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections (PRP) Overview
Platelet-rich plasma injections are a new way of using your blood for healing and restoring your body. Plasma is the liquid part of your blood that suspends your blood cells and aids in clotting and healing. Because PRP comes from a natural source, the injections are always bio-available to your skin, ethically sourced, and do not introduce foreign chemicals into the body.
The traditional use of PRP is to accelerate healing in various injuries and has been popularized by famous athletes like Usain Bolt and Tiger Woods. PRP helps to actively accelerate the healing process by stimulating the production of growth hormones in the body, promoting more reparative cell synthesis, and reducing inflammation.
Going Beyond Injuries: PRP for Your Skin
You’ve probably seen the trend of “Vampire Facials” circulating around social media after the treatment was popularized by Kim Kardashian. A vampire facial is a series of small PRP injections used to reduce wrinkles, sun damage, acne scarring, stretch marks, promote tightness, and create a “youthful glow.” PRP is well known for its ability to stimulate the production of proteins called collagen and elastin, which is known for skin elasticity and rejuvenation.
PRP, unlike other methods of facial cosmetic treatments, has a longer effect on skin rejuvenation because of the new cell growth and protein synthesis. Other treatments like Botox and fillers tend to break down after a year, while PRP lasts and keeps the skin continually healthy for many years. PRP helps the skin heal itself, which ensures that there are no negative side effects associated.
PRP for Hair Loss
Because PRP stimulates growth factors anywhere that it is injected, concentrating the plasma into the scalp has received a tremendous following for its ability to restore hair loss and promote the growth of thicker, healthier hair with stimulation of growth factors at the follicle. Anyone who is experiencing hair loss or thinning can be a candidate for PRP injections, and the procedure is far less invasive than traditional hair loss methods like hair plugs and requires no recovery time.
Individuals who receive this treatment for hair loss report within the first month that they see a significant reduction in hair shedding, thicker strands, and accelerated growth. PRP treatments can restore hair length and volume within the first month of administration and are recommended to continue the treatment for six months at a time.
How PRP is administered
The procedure itself is simple. A small amount of blood is drawn from your body and put in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from your other blood components, and the plasma is injected into the face in tiny doses. PRP facial injections usually include micro-needling and dermaplaning to accompany and enhance the effects of the injections. Most individuals receiving this treatment need no anesthesia and report minimal discomfort.
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