Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelets are components of the blood that are necessary for healing. They contribute to the blood being able to clot after an injury. Straw-colored plasma is the liquid portion of the blood. Now, the cosmetics industry has found a way to use platelet rich plasma as a beauty treatment. This new technology is also called PRP.

The origins of platelet-rich-plasma therapy

Platelet-rich-plasma therapy began as a treatment to support healing during open-heart surgery, sports injuries, chronic pain and bone grafting. This is because PRP contains growth factors and cytokines, which are substances that are produced by different cells from the patient’s immune system.

PRP uses the patient’s own blood. The blood is drawn from the patient then put in a centrifuge to separate the different components of the blood. The plasma is collected and enriched with platelets. Then, the area where the patient is to be treated is numbed and the PRP with its concentrated platelets is injected into the area via a needle. The theory behind PRP for cosmetic purposes is that it supports the matrix of soft tissue and stimulates the flow of blood to the area. This may in turn cause the body to produce collagen, which makes skin more pliant and reduces the appearance of wrinkles, trenches and furrows.

The procedure is very much like that used to inject a dermal filler. The patient might be given an ice pack immediately after the injections to keep down swelling, though there might be a bit of bruising that will go away after a few days. The patient can go home after the procedure. He or she might see improvement within the month.

PRP therapy is an exciting approach to cosmetic procedures that has been proven effective for many patients looking to enhance their appearance. The most effective way to determine if PRP therapy is right for you is to consult your doctor.