PRP treatments are becoming more and more popular these days, and for good reason! PRP is an abbreviation for platelet rich plasma. This is a non-surgical, natural option for treating various conditions, and we are proud to use it as an aesthetic treatment at our med spa. Whether you are looking to minimize wrinkles, tighten your skin, or promote collagen production, this treatment may be just what you’ve been looking for to achieve your goals.
PRP Treatments: A Brief History
PRP treatments can also be used in other fields for treating multiple health problems, including tendon or ligament tears or sprains and arthritis. The procedure is based on the natural healing mechanisms of your body. The therapy concentrates your platelets so they can be injected into damaged areas. This increases the speed and efficiency of the healing process and accelerates repair. Platelets have a lot of healing and growth factors. This usually means you can return to your normal daily activities quickly, if not immediately.
The original popularity of this treatment was established by professional athletes. After a training session, the procedure was used to relieve pain, inflammation, swelling, tenderness and stiffness. This type of injection is effective for a wide variety of conditions. Some of the issues most commonly treated for pain include:
• Injuries to the rotator cuff
• Golfer’s and tennis elbow
• Instability and sprains of the knee
• Pain in the lumbar spine disc
• Patellar tendonitis and patellofemoral syndrome
• Joint osteoarthritis
• Hip and hamstring strains
• Sacroiliac pain and joint dysfunction
• Instability and pain in the shoulder
• Cervical and lumbar pain and dysfunction
• Ankle sprains
• Nerve entrapment syndrome
• Plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis
PRP treatments are also effective for numerous individuals with osteoarthritis. The procedure can decrease pain, stimulate cartilage healing and enable better functionality.
One of the main reasons this procedure has become so popular is because the results last for a long time and offer a natural solution as opposed to undergoing some type of invasive surgery. Platelet rich plasma can help individuals eliminate the need for surgery. It is important to note that the effectiveness of each treatment is dependent on how severe the condition is and the overall health of the individual.
The actual creation of platelet rich plasma is simple. The entire process is conveniently performed in the comfort of our office by a qualified professional. The procedure encompasses everything from drawing the blood of the individual to preparing the solution. Only a small amount of blood is necessary to create the PRP. The process is very similar to a basic blood test. After the blood has been acquired, a centrifuge machine is used. This machine is capable of using very high speeds to spin the blood. This separates the blood into concentrated platelets and red blood cells.
The red blood cells are not necessary for the procedure, only the concentrated platelets. These are now ready to be used to inject into the individual wherever aesthetic improvements are needed. The injection procedure usually takes just minutes, including preparing the platelet rich plasma. Once the plasma has been collected from the centrifuge and prepared for injection, it is injected into the treatment area.
Although PRP treatments are designed to be simple and natural, it’s still important to follow certain instructions before and after the procedure. For instance, as a general rule, avoiding anti-inflammatory medication is critical because this type of medication can impede or cause issues with the individual’s healing process.
The length of time necessary for the individual to begin experiencing results depends on the extent of the condition and the area of treatment. In most cases, the individual begins to see results fairly quickly. The exact time frame will be specified by the professional for each individual case. This is to help ensure optimal healing. This treatment is considered extremely safe. Since the blood comes from the individual, any chance of an allergic reaction has been eliminated.
Oftentimes, a series of treatment sessions is necessary in order to achieve the desired results. A maintenance treatment may then be necessary as needed for ongoing benefits. Any individual with signs of aging or sun damage is a potential candidate for PRP treatments. Numerous men and women have this treatment done in order to achieve their cosmetic goals.
A Closer Look at PRP Facial Treatments
The initial popularity of this treatment began when a member of the Kardashian family first experienced the procedure. The PRP facial is commonly referred to as the vampire facial because the procedure requires the blood of the individual. Many individuals remain unaware that this treatment has been backed by the science of platelet rich plasma. This procedure has been extremely successful for treating wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin tone, sagging skin and other skin issues. Again, surgery is not necessary for this treatment. Instead, the growth of collagen beneath the skin is promoted using the individual’s blood. The procedure is based on the growth factors found in the platelets of the blood. Only a little bit of blood is required to isolate these growth factors.
The substance derived from the blood is sterile. The solution is then applied to the face using microneedling, injections or a combination of the two, depending on the situation. The treatment does not cause any allergic reactions, is completely natural and is performed as an outpatient procedure by a trained professional at our med spa. As we mentioned, platelet rich plasma was originally used for the treatment of orthopedic injuries such as tennis elbow and the rotator cuff. This resulted in a substantial improvement to the healing time required and effectively rehabilitated the injury. Once the rejuvenation results were established, the treatment became common in the plastic surgery and aesthetic sectors.
Despite the numerous injections, this treatment does not have any real downtime. After the procedure has been completed, the individual is able to resume their normal daily pattern and activities. The improvements with this treatment are not immediate. A few days are necessary before the individual will start noticing a difference. At this point, the results continue to improve as time passes. Time is required for the growth factors to increase the production of collagen. This eventually results in smoother and firmer skin with a more even texture. Fine lines and wrinkles will also start to disappear.
An improvement may be seen with just one treatment, but multiple treatments over the course of a set amount of time offer long-lasting and the most optimal results. There are benefits for both men and women of every skin type. This procedure may be recommended during the late twenties as a preventative treatment. As the individual begins to age, the treatment can help decrease the appearance of aging. It is important to understand this procedure will not replace exfoliation, peels or traditional facials because the optimal goal is completely different. This treatment can replace the need for skin tightening and laser wrinkle removal. The procedure usually works well for everyone. It is important for the individual to talk to the professional about their medical history and aesthetic goals prior to having the procedure done.
The treatment is entirely non-surgical, and the blood draw is very similar to a standard blood draw. To keep the youthful appearance of the skin, it is extremely important the individual uses a high quality sunscreen. This will go a long way towards preventing the aging of the skin. The vampire facial has a lot of advantages in comparison to the available cosmetic treatments for the skin. The rejuvenation is natural and does not require any plumping agents, strong acids or pharmaceutical chemicals. Once the blood platelets have been introduced, the body responds in the same manner as if there had been an injury. This means a natural acceleration is used to trigger the rejuvenation process.
A lot of the procedures currently being used to rejuvenate the skin are extremely complicated. Many treatments require a fairly lengthy period of recovery. Platelet rich plasma therapy does not have any real downtime. The treatment is performed as an outpatient procedure, so going to the hospital or a surgery center is unnecessary. As the body begins to age, the production of collagen decreases. This makes the skin more likely to wrinkle and become thinner and more brittle. When new skin growth is achieved at a faster pace, there is more collagen. This results in the appearance of younger-looking, rejuvenated skin. This is one of the key advantages of this treatment.
Although the actual treatment is fast, the results are designed to last for a long time. The majority of patients have stated their results lasted in excess of a year after having a series of quick treatment sessions. The results last for an even longer period of time with even more treatment sessions. The risks of plasma or platelet rejection, allergic reactions and contamination have been eliminated because the blood comes from the patient. The use of the plasma will not cause any negative reactions underneath the skin. The procedure is consistently gaining in popularity due to the effectiveness of the treatment and the positive statements of the individuals who experienced the procedure.
Can It Work for Me?
The best candidates for platelet rich plasma therapy are unhappy with the condition and aesthetics of their skin. One of the best possible solutions is the stimulation of collagen production for much younger-appearing skin. If you are interested in learning more about PRP treatments and how they can be used in your case, please feel free to reach out to Amachi MedSpa so your personal consultation can be scheduled. Our office is conveniently located in Alpharetta, and we proudly serve clients throughout the surrounding areas. Contact us today to book an appointment and get started!