Today, you have an almost endless amount of choices when it comes to skin care and cosmetic treatments. Both are booming industries because most women (and many men, also) desire clear, smooth, flawless, younger-looking complexions. Some of these products and procedures do a lot of good for our skin, but unfortunately, others don’t live up to the hype. There is one aesthetic, two-step treatment that has been growing in popularity around the world for a few years now. It seems quite bizarre in essence, and yet, it is considered by skin care experts to be one of the most natural procedures for developing a gorgeous complexion. There is nothing artificial that is used during the treatment, and there is no downtime or any crazy aftercare rules to follow. It’s called PRP treatment and delivers impressive results.
Tapping Into Your Personal PRP
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, and it is found in your blood and abundant in growth factors. PRP promotes wound healing and tissue regeneration, and that is why dermatologists have been studying the science of platelet-rich plasma and its effects on facial rejuvenation.
The way it is used for cosmetic treatment is through a centrifuge spinning machine. The centrifuge separates or isolates the red blood cells from the plasma cells. Then, a topical application or an injection of these PRP growth factors on your photo-damaged or aging skin will stimulate its rejuvenation, improve its clinical appearance and induce new collagen synthesis.
Our skin goes through many changes during our lifetime. General aging and damage caused by sun exposure and other environmental factors contribute to collagen degeneration, loss of skin elasticity and volume and the development of wrinkles.
A PRP treatment has been shown to plump up the skin and rebuild its integrity and smoothness by safely using your body’s own natural and rich source of growth factors.
Sought after A-List Procedure
Famous models, actresses and reality television stars first made PRP treatment a household word. Sisters Kim and Kourtney Kardashian talked about the high-tech blood facials on their social media sites, and word quickly spread.
Kourtney Kardashian remains a major fan of PRP and has bragged about its virtues on her premium app, saying that “This treatment may look scary, but it is so beneficial to your skin.”
At age 40, her complexion is flawless and radiant, and she appears to be well-versed in how PRP treatments work, explaining that the skin goes into recovery mode by creating new collagen, blood vessels and cells. She says that the platelet-rich plasma is applied to your skin because it is full of antioxidants, stimulates cell turnover, increases collagen, hydrates, rejuvenates, and restores the skin.
Model Bar Refaeli also raves about the skin care treatment, and Academy-award winner Angelina Jolie has been rumored to have received PRP treatment via injections for smoother, more youthful skin.
PRP treatments are not just for the Hollywood elite or celebrities worldwide. Today, it’s a wonderful procedure to consider for adult women of all ages who wish to maintain smooth, clear, and ageless complexions in the most natural manner. Since the serum containing the platelet-rich plasma is obtained from your own blood, there are no allergic reactions.
PRP Treatment – Step One
There are two key steps to a platelet-rich plasma cosmetic treatment. First, a very small amount of blood will be taken from your arm as in a normal blood test. Your aesthetic technician will draw about two teaspoons of blood from a vein in your arm. Then, the blood will be sealed in a vial and placed in the centrifuge.
It will take about 15 minutes for the high-spinning machine to do its thing and perfectly isolate the plasma product from the red blood cells. Some aesthetic technicians have the machine perform a second spinning process to achieve an even higher concentrated PRP serum.
Before the treatment begins, your face will be prepped with a thorough cleansing using a gentle antiseptic soap. All your makeup, sunscreen, and other skin care products will be removed. Then, a numbing cream or ointment may be applied prior to application of the microneedling device.
The handheld beauty gadget contains tiny needles of varying lengths that inflict micro-punctures to your skin. The device is gently glided over the skin without an aggressive approach. These controlled injuries encourage your skin’s natural repairing process to kick into high gear by stimulating collagen and elastin production. The micro-punctures also create channels in the skin for the PRP serum to be absorbed deep into the pores.
PRP Treatment – Step Two
After your skin has been punctured by the microneedling device, it is time to perform the so-called “bloody part.” The areas of your face that are being treated will be slathered with the ready PRP serum. Then, the platelet-rich plasma will be re-injected into the skin with the very fine needles of the microneedling tool.
The channels are there and ready to absorb the growth factor-rich serum. The PRP goes to work by inducing collagen synthesis and other matrix components that trigger the activation of fibroblasts to generate new tissue.
Your skin begins to plump up or thicken and starts improving or healing damaged skin like wrinkles, acne scars, etc. Post-treatment, you will notice a complexion that is smoother in texture, more even skin tone, and feels ultra-soft.
Most fans of PRP treatment return home with pinkish to reddish skin that appears like a sunburn. There could be some temporary swelling that subsides. Clients are advised to avoid applying products to the skin for 24 hours.
Other than that minor side effect, there is no downtime, and it’s one of the most natural skin care procedures that is tailored to every individual. After 48 hours, aesthetic experts say you can resume your normal routine of cleansing and even wearing makeup.
Long-Lasting Youthful Effects
The beauty of a PRP treatment is in its gradual but steady results that keep reaping benefits as the months go by. Every aesthetic professional has their own opinion, but most agree that this kind of cosmetic procedure can be beneficial to your skin by having the treatment repeated in three to four weeks.
The results outlast even most facial filler injections. PRP treatment can last anywhere from two to three years. The cosmetic procedure helps to soften wrinkles and scars, improve pigmentation issues, and renew a firmer foundation.
Some aesthetic technicians combine both PRP injections with hyaluronic acid fillers. The procedure adds volume to the facial contours with a two-pronged approach. The dermal filler creates an instant lift, and the PRP offers slow, steady, permanent regeneration. The PRP treatments are then repeated every four to six months for three sessions to provide even greater regenerative effects.
Non-Invasive Beauty Option
There is certainly nothing wrong with having plastic surgery, but if you ask most people, they would prefer to avoid it. We all want to appear ageless with healthy smooth and radiant skin, and non-invasive treatments have become popular and in-demand worldwide.
PRP treatment is one of those excellent options that has piqued the interest of many. There is no surgery involved, and the two-step procedure only takes about an hour in-office visit to complete. The beauty treatment is a small investment that promotes lasting benefits with natural results, and it is extremely safe because the platelet-rich plasma is coming from your own body.
The plastic surgery results of long ago don’t apply these days. Most women and men prefer a face that looks naturally youthful versus one that is too tightly pulled back with a wind tunnel effect. We don’t want to look artificial or like we’ve had major work done.
Many of us want non-invasive treatments that deliver a healthy way of maintaining an ageless complexion. PRP is all about growth factors and the key role these elements play in the human body and in newly discovered benefits for facial rejuvenation.
None of us can avoid general aging and the effects of sun damage. Even supermodels and Hollywood’s elite all go through the same issues. How we approach our skin care matters, and a PRP procedure is a new way of using science and the body’s natural healing process to improve the integrity of the skin.
If you’re concerned about the aging process and how it is affecting your face and neck, you are not alone. Most adults think about their skin and wish they could turn back the clock. They just don’t know where to turn, what treatments to have and whether their results will be any good.
PRP treatment has been studied for quite some time now, and the scientific background for this cosmetic procedure holds a lot of promise for the future of skin care. The treatment is even being used in hair restoration because the growth factors appear to stimulate healthier hair strands and hair growth.
When you think about it, facial rejuvenation that uses your own blood product to regenerate tissue is pretty mind-blowing. Platelet-rich plasma might seem a bit strange to imagine as a key component in a beauty treatment, but it’s as natural a serum that you can get, and there are zero synthetic byproducts used with it.
If you desire a smoother complexion that glows, feels soft and looks youthful, then, a PRP treatment is something you should consider. Here at Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery & Spa, we take great pride in the expertise of our friendly aesthetic team. They are highly skilled in all cutting edge skin care treatments and are well-versed in the platelet-rich plasma procedure. They are ready to explain each step and what this modern treatment offers in benefits for you. We are conveniently located in Wayzata, MN. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!