09 May The Origins of PRP
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, often used in conjunction with microneedling, has quickly become one of the most popular treatments for skin care and health. It’s increasingly in demand at Spectrum Dermatology, but surprisingly this procedure isn’t as new as it seems. The platelets in our blood are packed with growth factors that help in healing processes, but they can also be used to beautify the skin and make it look more youthful.
PRP therapy began in hematology in the 1970s. The term PRP was coined to identify plasma that had a higher than normal platelet count. It was initially a transfusion product. A decade later, PRP was being used in maxillofacial surgery. Since then, it has evolved to help professional athletes, assist in healing tough areas of the body (like connective tissue, which has poor blood flow), and even in beautification.
PRP has the ability to increase the bodily production of collagen synthesis. Collagen is what we have in bucketloads as children, but it naturally lessens as we age. Collagen and elastin are the keys to a youthful appearance, and they naturally occur in our body. PRP has the capacity to increase this production using nothing but our own blood platelets.
The process is pretty simple. A small vial of blood is drawn, spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets, then injected into the desired area. For cosmetic treatments, PRP is most commonly injected in the face. This is often used simultaneously with microneedling, which is the precise creation of tiny punctures in the skin.
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Wounds demand healing, which further increases collagen production. Combining PRP with microneedling offers maximum results in a fast and minimally-invasive treatment. There are no harsh chemicals and there is zero downtime. It’s the perfect treatment for anyone who prefers organic solutions and using the power of their body to look and feel their best. If you’re interested in PRP, contact Spectrum Dermatology to schedule your appointment today.