Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is one of the fastest growing tools used by doctors of all types to help heal the body naturally and effectively. Its use in skin and cosmetic care is no exception. If you’re not familiar with PRP yet, you’ll be amazed by what this deceivingly simple substance can do.
The Basic Facts about Platelet-Rich Plasma
PRP actually comes from the blood in your own body. The blood is drawn and placed in something called a centrifuge, which uses high speeds to extract platelets from the blood and make them far more concentrated. This is so important because blood platelets contain special healing proteins called growth factors that stimulate repair and regeneration at the site of an injury.
Once the platelets are separate and concentrated, they are re-injected back into the targeted area of the body that needs healing. Orthopedic doctors frequently use PRP to assist healing in the hip, knee, arm, and shoulder areas, but PRP has many uses in the skin as well.
PRP is best known in the cosmetic world for its ability to completely rejuvenate the skin. Everything from wrinkles to discoloration can be tackled with PRP since the growth factors will encourage intense healing where the skin would have otherwise remained stagnant or continued to worsen. PRP can even help generate enough collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin to reverse age-related volume loss in the face and hands.
Reverse Hair Loss
PRP has also become a leading hair growth treatment because it’s non-surgical, simple, and completely safe. The growth factors in PRP stimulate hair cell follicles to once again become active and grow. Blood supply is also likely to improve while inflammation is minimized, leading to the perfect hair growing conditions. Genetic hair loss and pattern baldness can both be alleviated with PRP.
Having acne or suffering through an injury is difficult enough, but then a scar remains on the skin as a permanent reminder of what you’d like to forget. PRP can correct pitted scars by stimulating the healing process needed to create enough collagen and elastin to truly heal the skin. This is a lasting result that requires no surgery and very little invasion into the skin, so it’s a comfortable and safe solution.