Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an injectable substance you can also microneedle into your skin. Its regenerative properties make it a versatile treatment for joint pain, hair restoration, sexual wellness, and other purposes. One of its most popular applications in cosmetic medicine is skin rejuvenation: A Vampire facial or facelift revitalizes your skin and causes wrinkles to smooth out. But how is this substance that comes from your blood able to fight signs of aging?
Here at Missoula Wellness and Med Spa in Missoula, Montana, our board-certified wellness specialist Lisa Pacheco, DO, extracts a blood sample from you that she then processes in a centrifuge. This causes the blood to separate into layers of its own components, and one of the resulting layers is primarily made up of platelets with a liquid plasma base. This is the PRP, nearly ready for your facial treatment.
What comes next is a transformation of your skin via microneedling. Microneedling itself helps boost collagen, and PRP enhances it. Here’s all you need to know about how PRP fights wrinkles:
When it comes to your skin’s firmness, you can thank a protein called collagen. When you’re young, you have lots of collagen keeping your skin firm. A second protein called elastin maintains your skin’s elasticity in your youth. Both of these proteins diminish as you get older, which contributes to the formation of wrinkles and fine lines.
A microneedling treatment, with or without PRP, stimulates the production of collagen by creating tiny injuries in your skin and kickstarting the natural healing process, which involves collagen rebuilding. The needlepoint holes serve another purpose, too: they act as channels for the PRP to penetrate deep into your skin.
With the assistance of the high number of growth factors in PRP, collagen rebuilding is faster, more effective, and more efficient. Put simply, a Vampire facial helps rebuild your skin from deep within all the way to the outer surface. Wrinkles are just one of the many defects that fade with PRP treatments, as PRP can also treat large pores and scars.
Because collagen takes time to develop, you won’t be able to enjoy the results of your PRP facial right away. You might require a few sessions, as each treatment plan with PRP is unique to the individual patient.
If you’re interested in a more immediate transformation, you may be able to get dermal filler with your PRP injections so you’ll have a feel for what the results will look like once they take shape. Of course, since PRP stimulates collagen growth, the improvements it brings are more long-lasting and natural than what dermal fillers provide.
Treatments for wrinkles and fine lines are purely cosmetic and it’s up to you whether or not you want to pursue a more wrinkle-free look. Yet, PRP is highly lauded among wrinkle treatments because the results are natural and you don’t need filler or medications to create them. Schedule your PRP treatment consultation over the phone or online at Missoula Wellness and Med Spa for more information today.