PRP (platelet-rich plasma)
A groundbreaking solution to the effects of aging or damaged skin is platelet-rich plasma skin rejuvenation or PRP facial rejuvenation. This is an anti-aging skin treatment that leaves the skin looking and feeling younger, smoother, and healthier.
If you’re looking for a non-surgical, safe, and effective way to get better-looking skin, the experts at Lessage Laser Spa have all the information you need.
Understanding PRP Platelet-rich plasma
The body has an extraordinary capacity to heal itself, a potential that we tap into daily but still do not fully understand the extent or ways to best direct.
With the advent of bone marrow and solid organ transplant came a new field of medicine: regenerative medicine, this term refers to a specialty dedicated to the creation of “living, functional tissue to repair and replace [those] lost due to age, disease, damage, or congenital defects. Rejuvenation is one branch of regeneration with the goal of stimulating the body’s own repair mechanisms to heal previously altered or damaged cells.
Essentially, how to enhance self-healing. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) and microneedling are two increasingly popular modalities intended to harness these abilities. They can be used independently or in combination to capitalize on the release of growth factors critical for not only wound healing but also extracellular matrix synthesis and remodeling as well as hair cycling.
Regenerative medicine is a game-changing area of medicine with the potential to fully heal damaged tissues and organs, offering solutions and hope for people who have conditions that today are beyond repair. Regenerative medicine itself isn’t new — the first bone marrow and solid-organ transplants were done decades ago. But advances in developmental and cell biology, immunology, and other fields have unlocked new opportunities to refine existing regenerative therapies and develop novel ones.
Regeneration involves delivering specific types of cells or cell products to diseased tissues or organs, where they will ultimately restore tissue and organ function. This can be done through cell-based therapy or by using cell products, such as growth factors. Bone marrow transplants are an example.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has many potential uses in Dermatology. Autologous PRP is retrieved from a patient’s whole blood and spun in a centrifuge to yield a final product of plasma with high concentrations of platelets. These platelets then activate and release key growth factors that initiate signaling cascades, ultimately maximizing tissue repair and rejuvenation. Many systems are available to obtain PRP. It is critical to appraise these systems objectively and consider all the factors that are needed for both the patient and setting in which PRP will be used.
There has been increasing interest in the utilization of autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for the management of various clinical entities. First described for use in tissue repair and hemostasis, PRP has been applied more recently to a multitude of medical and cosmetic conditions, including in orthopedics, dentistry, plastic surgery, and dermatology, a
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a promising nonsurgical option for alopecia conditions, such as:
Hair growth stimulation
Treatment and prevention of hair loss (diffuse alopecia and alopecia areata)
Hair structure improvement
Treatment of seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff, dryness, itching)
Normalization of the sebaceous glands functioning
Preparing scalp for hair transplantation
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a promising nonsurgical option for patients suffering from certain types of alopecia. PRP can provide an alternative option for hair loss patients who are not ideal candidates for traditional treatments and can help avoid commonly reported side effects of other available therapies (e.g., skin irritation and sexual dysfunction).
PRP therapy can encourage hair growth through the activity of secreted growth factors and cytokines such as platelet derived growth factor (PDGF), epidermal growth factor (EGF), and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Growth factors encourage hair follicles to enter into the then prolong the anagen phase by promoting cell survival, cell proliferation, and angiogenesis through the protein kinase B pathway, inhibition of glycogen synthase kinase 3-β and the degradation of β-catenin.
PRP can also help decrease inflammation, prevent follicles from prematurely entering the catagen phase, activate proinflammatory signaling pathways, and impact muscle and fat cells.
Numerous treatments exist for scar revision and often the best cosmetic outcomes are achieved by combining therapies.
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions and frequently leads to scarring caused by inflammation destroying underlying dermal support structures. The result is atrophic scars, which are commonly classified as ice pick, rolling, or box car.
Numerous treatment modalities have been used to treat acne scars. Microneedling has a favorable treatment profile, since it is minimally invasive, has a relatively rapid recovery time with a low risk of postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), is comparatively inexpensive, and can be used safely across a wide range of skin phototypes. The procedure disrupts fibrotic strands tethering the scars to the dermis and induces neoangiogenesis and neocollagenesis through induction of the wound-healing cascade.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy at Lessage Laser Spa is an option for scars, such as:
Striae distensae, colloquially referred to as stretch marks, are atrophic linear plaques in the dermal layer, most often found on the breasts, abdomen, hips, and thighs, due to disruption of the collagen-elastic matrix during the adolescent growth spurt or pregnancy or from hormonal and weight changes. Though rarely medically concerning, striae can cause significant emotional distress. PRP therapy for striae can help ameliorate stretch marks by stimulating keratinocytes to release growth factors that promote collagen deposition and extracellular matrix remodeling.
PRP therapy for Pigmentary Disorders
Hyperpigmentation isn’t necessarily a condition but a term that describes skin that appears darker.
occur in small patches
cover large areas
affect the entire body
While increased pigmentation usually isn’t harmful, it can be a symptom of another condition.
There are several types of hyperpigmentation, the common ones being melasma, sunspots, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Melasma. Melasma is believed to be caused by hormonal changes and may develop during pregnancy. Areas of hyperpigmentation can appear on any area of the body, but they appear most commonly on the stomach and face.
Sunspots. Also called liver spots or solar lentigines, sunspots are common. They’re related to excess sun exposure over time. Generally, they appear as spots on areas exposed to the sun, like the hands and face.
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This is a result of injury or inflammation to the skin. A common cause of this type is acne.
Age spots vary in size and may appear anywhere on the face, hands, shoulders and arms, which are the areas of the body that are most frequently exposed to the sun. Age spots are the result of years of sun exposure and are also linked to the use of tanning beds. When significant sun damage occurs, the skin’s melanin’s production becomes uneven and can result in liver spots in certain places.
All About PRP (platelet-rich plasma)
WHAT DOES PRP FACIAL REJUVENATION INVOLVE?
Our blood is made of plasma, red and white blood cells, and platelets. These platelets help our blood clot and produce growth factor proteins that are essential for healing. PRP facial rejuvenation uses platelets from your own blood to help heal and renew your skin.
To start this process, a professional will draw a small vial of blood from you, and it will be placed in a centrifuge that separates the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from the blood. This concentrates the platelet count to many times higher than usual, and the result is amazing. From there, it can be used to address skin complaints.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PRP FACIALS?
PRP facial rejuvenation offers many benefits, including
Increased collagen production
Reduced wrinkles and fine lines
Tightening and toning the skin
Reducing acne damage and scarring
Lessening dark under-eye circles
Minimizing crow’s feet
Reducing sun damage
Producing healthier skin
WHO CAN ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF PRP FACIALS?
One of the best things about PRP facial rejuvenation is that almost any man or woman can be considered a great candidate for the procedure. This process is effective on all skin types and ages.
PRP facial rejuvenation is an excellent treatment option for individuals just starting to explore anti-aging and skin rejuvenation. Additionally, PRP facials are great for people looking to maintain healthy skin or looking to enhance their skin before a big event.
Before you begin the process, we will go over all your questions and concerns to make sure PRP facial rejuvenation is a good fit for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Do The Results Of P Facial Last?
Because cosmetic treatments are dependent on the overall skin quality of each patient will influence the longevity of your results. At the very least, you should experience results, especially after your first treatment, for around 6 to 12 months.
For the longest-lasting results, then you should work with one of our skin care experts to create a long-term skin care plan that includes multiple PRP facial treatments. Your lifestyle, age, genetics, and other factors will also play into how good your results are and how long they’ll last.
How Often Should I Get Prp Face Treatments?
To get the best results possible, it’s recommended to get PRP injection treatments for at least 3 months in a row. Of course, this may vary depending on how well your skin responds to the platelet-rich plasma treatment.
Is PRP Better Than Botox?
It depends on what you want from your aesthetic or cosmetic treatments. Botox works best for preventing fine lines, wrinkles, dynamic wrinkles, and other small signs of aging. However, PRP facial rejuvenation treatments work best for patients who are looking for ways to increase collagen production and improve the overall quality of their skin.
Botox injections work well to relax and inhibit the nerves that cause dynamic wrinkles on your face. But PRP injections will help your cells reactivate and restore your skin’s natural layers of collagen, elastin, and more.
Is PRP Better Than Microneedling?
Platelet-rich plasma injections actually work even better when combined with a tried and true technique like micro-needling. However, something we’ve found in our practice is that by combining micro-needling treatments with PRP injections, we can help patients experience amazing results.
Can A Vampire Facial Make You Look Younger?
Yes. Although it might not be as effective as feeding on the souls of the innocent or consuming the blood of seduced victims. But considering it uses your body’s own natural healing abilities, and not necromancy, it does a good job.
When the platelet-rich plasma is injected into the skin, it stimulates the body’s collagen production. As well as adding natural growth factors to further improve your body’s healing abilities.
Why Is Collagen So Important?
Collagen is a protein that is like a latticework in your skin that provides structure in the different layers of your skin. Additionally, this protein makes up your nails and hair.
When the collagen begins breaking down in your skin, you get more lines and wrinkles. Typically, your collagen production will begin to slow down around the age of 25. After that, you’ll start seeing more fine lines and wrinkles appearing on your skin.
For women, after they go through menopause, their natural collagen production slows down even more.
Is PRP For Skin Treatments Permanent?
Technically, no. But after completing a full treatment plan, and with proper aftercare, you should see results for up to three years.
How Do I Maintain My Vampire Facial Results?
Following through with all of your aftercare instructions and maintaining your regular skincare routine will help you see optimal results about three months after the initial treatment.
After that, you can schedule additional PRP facial treatments, with or without microneedling to keep renewing your results. What’s great about PRP treatments is that since they use your body’s own healing factors, you can schedule repeat treatments as soon as you notice your results fading.
What Does Vampire Facial Aftercare Look Like?
After your facial you should avoid touching your face for at least 6 hours.
Avoid applying makeup on your face until the next day.
Take special care not to irritate your skin by touching it. If you do need to touch your face, make sure to wash your hands with soap and water.
Don’t rub the skin, especially when washing and drying your face.
Use pain relievers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen to reduce any discomfort after the treatment. Especially if you notice pain or swelling lasting longer than 24 hours.
You can apply cold compresses wrapped in a clean dry towel to help reduce swelling and discomfort as well.
Plan to sleep on your back with your face slightly elevated for at least two days after your treatment.
You should also avoid using any kind of exfoliating cleansers on your face for about three days or 72 hours.
You should still moisturize your skin as part of your treatment aftercare.
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