Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a versatile treatment that has been adapted to address a number of conditions. PRP is a unique treatment in that it uses the body’s materials to help the body repair itself. As an injection, PRP has used to treat chronic tendonitis in conditions like tennis elbow. It has even been shown to help with hair loss. And, perhaps most famously, it’s used for anti-aging skincare treatments.
Get to Know Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
PRP treatments use plasma retrieved from the patient’s own body to help repair injuries and improve health. Instead of relying on pharmaceuticals or invasive surgery, the provider is helping the body to heal itself. Blood is taken from the arm and spun to separate it. The part of the plasma rich in platelets is harvested. Platelets are key in healing. When you get a cut, platelets rush to that area to help clot and heal it. PRP takes advantage of the high level of growth factors in your body’s plasma to help speed up the repair of injuries. It’s an extremely versatile method of treatment.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy and Medical Aesthetics
Platelet-rich plasma therapy has a number of properties that have made it a go-to treatment for medical aesthetics. The so-called “vampire facial” is perhaps the signature skin treatment that utilizes PRP. It was made famous, in part, by Kim Kardashian. In this type of facial, PRP is applied to the face and absorbed into the body. This is a procedure that literally uses your body’s tools to roll back the signs of aging. Usually, PRP is used in combination with micro-needling, which can amplify the results that patients get.
Micro-needling, also known as dermarolling, is a popular treatment used to reduce signs of aging. In this treatment, a trained provider passes a roller studded with needles over the skin. The tiny needles pierce the skin, which stimulates increased collagen production to aid in healing. The holes created in this process become channels that take topical ointments and serums to the base of the skin, where they become more effective. The growth factors in the plasma are also important in improving the overall condition of skin.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy also requires very little downtime. It is a great way for busy people to address their cosmetic concerns. Contact us today for more information, or to schedule your consultation! Lakeside Dermatology is conveniently located in Sebring and Winter Haven, FL.