If you have begun to research PRP therapy as a treatment for signs of facial aging, you have likely come across a great deal of confusing – and perhaps even frightening – information. PRP treatment for the face can be a fantastic solution for fine lines, wrinkles, and other concerns, but it is important for patients to have an accurate understanding about the procedure when considering treatment, including what it can be used for, who is a candidate, and what results you can expect. Board-certified and fellowship-trained dermatologist Dr. Aradhna Saxena and the exceptional team at Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute are dedicated to providing Philadelphia area men and women an unmatched level of care, beginning with education. Discover five essential facts about PRP therapy here, and learn more about how this exciting treatment can help you achieve a more youthful, refreshed look.
1. PRP utilizes your own blood.
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, which is the key component in PRP therapy. Our blood is made of several different substances, including plasma. Plasma contains proteins that are known to promote healing and cell growth.
During PRP therapy, the licensed aesthetician will draw approximately one vial of blood from the patient’s arm. This blood is then separated, using a centrifuge, in order to isolate the plasma. Next, the platelet-rich plasma is injected into the face, or applied topically, to stimulate cell regeneration, healing, collagen production, and other processes.
By using a patient’s own blood, platelet-rich plasma has a low risk of complications or allergic reaction and is considered a more natural alternative when compared to other anti-aging skin treatments.
2. PRP treatment is often combined with microneedling.
The majority of patients at Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute opt to add platelet-rich plasma therapy to their microneedling treatments in order to further enhance their results.
Microneedling is an innovative, yet relatively simple, treatment that involves making tiny injuries to the face using needles, which are rolled over the skin. Microneedling prompts the body to respond to these injuries by generating new, healthy cells. When platelet-rich plasma is used in conjunction with microneedling, the healing process can occur more quickly and completely, ultimately resulting in a smoother, more even texture of the skin.
3. Platelet-rich plasma treatments can encourage collagen production.
Aside from simply speeding up the healing process, PRP therapy can actually stimulate the body to produce collagen. Collagen is one of the most crucial substances for maintaining youthful, plump, and healthy skin. Unfortunately, though, collagen production slows down drastically as we age. Particularly when combined with other treatments, such as microneedling, PRP has been shown to be highly effective in stimulating the production of new collagen.
4. PRP therapy can be used to treat a long list of complaints.
Aside from applications in cosmetic dermatology, PRP therapy also offers benefits for patients battling hair loss, joint pain, and other issues. However, when it comes to your skin specifically, PRP treatment has its own list of uses. Some of the concerns that can be addressed and corrected through PRP therapy, microneedling, or both, include:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Large pores
- Uneven skin tone
- Uneven skin texture
- Acne scars
- Sun damage
- Spider veins
- Dull, tired look overall
During your initial consultation at Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute, your experienced aesthetician will thoroughly evaluate your skin and discuss your concerns and goals at length in order to determine how PRP, possibly in conjunction with another treatment, may be able to help you.
5. PRP treatment requires minimal downtime and has few side effects.
One of the aspects that men and women enjoy most about PRP therapy, even when paired with microneedling, is that it is a relatively quick, pain-free, and convenient treatment. While the skin may be slightly red or sensitive following a microneedling with PRP session, these symptoms are usually mild and usually resolve quickly. In fact, patients can typically return to their normal daily routines immediately following the session and often begin to see the results of their PRP treatment after just a few days.
How do I find a PRP provider in Philadelphia?
If you are interested in learning more about how PRP therapy can help rejuvenate your skin and give you the gorgeous skin you’ve always wanted, the first step is to be evaluated by a licensed, certified, and experienced provider, like Dr. Aradhna Saxena. Call one of the convenient locations of Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute located in Fort Washington and Lansdale, PA to schedule your consultation, and take the first step toward a beautiful new you!