Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy has been used by orthopedic surgeons for many years as a less invasive option to surgery and to enhance athletic recovery. PRP uses a person’s own platelets (blood) to stimulate healing and is widely known to be an effective solution to injury. Due to its unique healing abilities, PRP therapy has gained popularity in other modalities as well, including skin rejuvenation, hair restoration and enhanced sexual health.
The quest for youth
Collagen production, which is the leading factor in aging skin, begins slowing down around age 25. Add in environmental factors such as UV rays, smoking, stress and age-related hormonal changes, and collagen degradation is greatly impacted. As collagen decreases, fine lines and wrinkles begin to form which, in today’s society of selfies and Zoom meetings, leads many to seek rejuvenating solutions.
Enter the “Vampire Facial”
The PRP facial, widely known as the vampire facial, has gained intense popularity, not only due to its intriguing name, but also for its ability to increase collagen production and stimulate skin healing with little-to-no downtime. This simple, three-step procedure has shown dramatic results in the areas of premature wrinkles, sun damage and uneven skin tone.
Our blood is made of white and red blood cells along with platelets which help our blood clot and produce growth factor proteins that are essential to healing. The PRP facial involves a simple blood draw, separating the platelets from the rest of your blood in a centrifuge, then re-introducing them into the skin. By penetrating deep into the skin, collagen production and connective tissue regeneration are stimulated resulting in a more tightened appearance— all by using your own blood to help heal and renew. Additional results may include reduced sun damage, more even skin tones, reduced acne damage and scarring, reduction in under-eye circles and an overall healthier appearance.
Because PRP involves use of your own plasma, adverse reactions are greatly reduced; downtime is minimal and results typically last 6 – 12 months. A long-term skin care plan is often preferred to obtain the longest lasting results. Your genetics, lifestyle and other factors will also play an important role in longevity and success. Some professionals suggest the best results are obtained by having one PRP facial per month for three months in a row which can vary depending on how well skin responds to the injections.
PRP may not be the fountain of youth, but its unique healing properties and collagen stimulating abilities make it a safe and effective anti-aging option. As always, it is best to discuss concerns and procedures with a qualified health care provider before having any type of treatment.
Pam Gossman is a doctor of nursing practice and owner of Desert Glow Medical Aesthetics and Wellness and can be reached at (760) 565.3990. For more visit www.desertglowspa.com.
Sources: 1) www.garzasurgery.com; 2) www.dermalfountainofyouth.com; 3) www.aad.org