• Are you noticing dark circles and puffiness under your eyes?
• Are you seeing fine lines and sagging around your mouth, cheeks, and eyes?
• Is your skin tone just not as bright, healthy, and firm as it used to be?
The Science: Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) skin rejuvenation - Stonington CT
What is PRP?
PRP is a natural product created from your own body. A small amount of blood is drawn from you and placed in a sterile tube that is spun down in a centrifuge to separate the different components of the blood. Red and white blood cells are divided from the platelets and the plasma (the clear fluid). This plasma now contains a higher than normal number of platelets and is called platelet rich plasma, or PRP.
At first it can sound pretty sinister - which has given rise to nicknames such as the Vampire Facial and Dracula Therapy - but having spoken to one of the leading PRP experts, Mr Golchin, an esteemed ENT & Facial Plastic Surgeon, it's clear that the spookiest thing about PRP injections is the results as you mysteriously start to look fresher faced in the months following your treatment.
What is PRP?
PRP is not all that new - platelet rich plasma injections have been around for decades, helping athletes to heal sports related injuries (they're particularly helpful at healing tendon damage) but increasingly the benefits of PRP are being used in beauty.
The platelet rich plasma that is injected is a concentrated formula of your own platelets which makes it rich in growth factors. Such growth factors are needed to repair the body, and come in handy too when trying to fight the signs of ageing.
When going for a PRP treatment the practitioner will take some blood from you - imagine going for a beauty blood test - then that blood is processed using a mechanical device to seperate the platelets from the rest of the blood making the concentration of platelets three to four times the normal level.
The processing part of the treatment doesn't take long - on average 30 minutes, as the different elements are divided - red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets etc, then the clear platelet rich plasma is ready to inject back in the places that need the most attention.
How does it work?
If we already have blood in our bodies, you might ask what is the benefit of reinjecting it? It could all be seen as rather pointless - if it wasn't for the fact that processing the blood increases the levels of platelets far beyond their normal concentration to boost the skin's ability to rejuvenate.
When platelets are activated in the body, they release healing proteins called growth factors. These growth factors have a range of responsibilities, a predominant feature of which is their ability to accelerate tissue repair and improve wound healing."
When PRP is injected into the skin, the injection entry point causes a small wound which activates the platelets and lets them get to work repairing the tissue in that area. (Hence Kim Kardashian's bloody looking face).
Effectively PRP is encouraging your body to use it's own processes but more effectively in the places that are starting to need a bit of extra help.
What about the results?
PRP won't give you a post Botox result it will give your skin more natural radiance and a glow that will get people telling you how well you look. It's a much more natural approach to anti-ageing - both for the fact you're using your body's own material and for the fact the results develop over time.
Immediately post treatment you may have some redness and spotting
but in terms of looking more youthful you'll have to be patient. It also makes sense that the younger you are the better the result as your body's natural healing processes are quicker.
Gradually your skin will have a subtle improvement that will give you a fresher look than before - without putting anything foreign into
To increase the impact of the results we suggests having one treatment every month for three months then you should be able to enjoy the benefits of PRP for up to 18 months after that.
Who is it best for?
There aren’t many side effects associated with cryolipolysis. Because it is non-invasive, there are no open wounds and therefore there is no risk of infection. However, some patients may experience redness, numbness, soreness, bruising, tingling, swelling or some discomfort in the treated area – this is simply due to how the tissue is drawn up between the two cooling plates during the procedure. Any side effects such as those mentioned are temporary and will disappear within a few hours