Platelet Rich Plasma Injections are gaining popularity as skin rejuvenation and wrinkle reduction treatment. Botox, fillers, thread lifts, and HIFU are popular wrinkle reduction treatments but more and more people are now opting for PRP treatment for mild wrinkles and fine lines. It can be used in combination with mesotherapy or microneedling but it is not the same as these two treatments. It is important to better understand the procedure and how it works before you make an appointment.
What is PRP?
PRP was first used for faster recovery from athletic injury and its success led it to be tried and tested for facial rejuvenation. Platelet Rich Plasma Injections use the microneedling technique to deliver a higher concentration of platelets extracted from the patient’s blood, directly under the skin to trigger natural healing. It is also called vampire facials because it injects components of the client’s blood into the client’s face. Later this technique was also used for P Shot and O shot.
It stimulates collagen production which directly increases the production of new cells and tissues, effectively lifting up the skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles making skin smoother and younger-looking. PRP injections are administered on the targeted areas such as forehead wrinkles, smile creases, and also crows feet as a wrinkle reduction treatment.
It also reduces photodamage due to excessive sun exposure causing dull and dry skin with dark spots and patches. It smoothens the skin and even out the skin tone.
How does it work?
Platelets are naturally produced in our body and they help in the healing process of injuries. They reach the injury site and stimulate the production of new cells and repair the damage. This is the reason PRP was initially introduced to help heal athletic injuries faster.
Blood from the client’s arm is withdrawn and separated using a centrifugal machine. The blood plasma part with a higher concentration of platelets is injected back into the client’s face at targeted spots using a needle with a diameter of 27 to 31 gauge size and up to 4mm deep.
PRP for wrinkle reduction involves injecting the Client’s own blood at the site of wrinkles, this triggers natural collagen production and increases cellular turnover. It helps skin rejuvenation and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
It is an affordable treatment option for working-class women with promising results. You will have to repeat the treatment after some months to maintain the results.
Is PRP safe? What about side effects?
Since PRP uses the patient’s own blood and no other active drugs, it does not fall under treatments that are subjected to FDA approval. The clinical trial around the globe has confirmed its safety and there are no complications when administered by an expert and licensed/certified doctor.