Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a newer skin rejuvenation technique that uses the individual’s own blood to stimulate healthy skin growth. What PRP therapy does is rejuvenate the skin by introducing a concentrated amount of blood platelets to the lower dermal layers. The platelets contain special growth factors and proteins that accelerate the production of new skin tissue. We advise you to consult with us before choosing any type of skin rejuvenation procedure, however. Results vary, and we want to make sure you understand the likely outcome regardless of what treatment you decide to undergo.
How Platelets Help Revitalize the Skin
Originally, PRP treatment was for the healing of certain injuries, especially those involving damage to tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Today, this treatment is recognized as an alternative to other skin rejuvenation techniques. Blood platelets form a mesh when exposed to oxygen, and this is what results in clotting when we cut ourselves. The platelets also contain growth factors that aid in the production of scar tissue, as well as new tissue that replaces what was damaged.
How PRP Treatment is Performed
Dull, brittle skin that contains wrinkles, smile lines, crow’s feet, and certain discolored patches can be treated with PRP therapy. During the consultation with our clients, we examine the trouble spots closely and note the depth of any discolorations and other considerations. This allows us to determine how much PRP gel to use and where to use it.
During the actual treatment, we take a small amount of blood from the client, spin it at a prescribed speed in a centrifuge to separate the red cells from the plasma and platelets, and further spin the platelets to concentrate them. The concentration of platelets becomes about 10 times as dense as it is in the bloodstream. We mix the platelets and a small amount of the plasma with a gel to a specific thickness.
We then inject the mix into the lower dermal layers. The high concentration of platelets acts as a signal of injury, and the body responds by sending additional nutrients to the affected area. Over the following months, the skin growth accelerates, and the damaged epidermis is soon replaced by healthier tissue.
Get Healthier Skin Without Surgery
You may not need something as drastic as a facelift to achieve a more youthful appearance. Schedule a consultation at New Concepts Medical PC in Wappingers Falls to learn more about what PRP therapy can do for your skin. Contact us today to book an appointment!