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Everything to Know: Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

Everything You Need to Know: Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

As you age, it is quite common for your face to change shape. Your cheeks may sag and lose fullness, and you will notice deep grooves forming on the sides of your nose. You may start to develop a weathered look. Our family practice and internal medicine provider in Rock Hill, SC and Charlotte, NC is here to help mitigate a weathered appearance.  

What Is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy? 

Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) can help reverse these problems. This non-surgical procedure helps remove the lines on your face and restore its fullness. It involves injecting a filler into several areas of your face that need a boost and then injecting the plasma afterward.

How Does Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Work?

You might think the procedure sounds serious, painful, and bloody, but it is not. PRP treatment may start with venipuncture, then the blood drawn is run through a centrifuge to separate the platelets.

A filler like a Juvederm is then injected into various areas of your face, and then the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is injected. The filler adds volume and restores the shape of your face after being treated with PRP. It also contains the growth factors that trigger the generation of new tissues associated with wound healing.

It might take a day or two for you to recover and be ready to hit the streets. The recovery depends on how aggressive the microneedling or microdermabrasion was. The entire procedure takes about an hour and is quite painless, with minimal side effects.

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy essentially rejuvenates your skin from the inside out. You will notice a reduction of facial grooves and lines and improved facial fullness. It’s perfect for anyone with saggy and droopy skin due to weight loss or aging.

PRP Injection Therapy vs. PRP Facial: What’s the Difference?

A Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) facial involves a skin resurfacing procedure like microdermabrasion or microneedling before PRP is injected into the skin. Microneedling tricks your body into thinking that it has experienced injury and forces the body to produce new collagen.

Your skin may look reddish or irritated for a while after treatment and at the injection site, but it would look worse than it would actually feel. It’s perfect for anyone with skin grooves and fine lines.  It also helps treat acne scars or other facial imperfections.

PRP therapy and PRP facials are similar because they are both non-invasive cosmetic treatments.  They are only offered in offices with experienced staff who have undergone extensive training, are certified, and undergo follow-up education.

Both procedures use PRP for facial rejuvenation. These procedures encourage your skin to create new tissues and heal itself. Results will be markedly noticeable within a few weeks after the procedures. The effects of PRP therapy may last for years.

Is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy for You?

Anyone with premature wrinkles, solar damage, or uneven skin tone can benefit greatly from this procedure. You are an ideal candidate for Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy if you have any of these conditions:

  • Grayish skin color due to less blood flow
  • Droopy and collapsed cheeks and facial shapes
  • Weathered and worn-looking skin texture

The risks are quite minimal. In fact, the only problem that you might experience is bruising at the venipuncture site. Microneedling or venipuncture may cause some discomfort, but the entire PRP procedure is quite safe and has even been used to treat sports injuries like tendon injuries.

What are the Indicators for Treatment?

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy can treat these problems: acne, face lines, post-acne, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, drooping facial contours, hyperpigmentation, scars, and rosacea.

However, this treatment is not for everyone. It might not be ideal for women who are breastfeeding or pregnant. It is not advisable for people suffering from chronic or infectious diseases and blood disorders. 

If you are going through a course of antibiotics, it might be best to avoid this procedure until after antibacterial treatment. People with bleeding or clotting disorders, hepatitis, and suffering from oncological diseases should avoid Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy as well.

How Much Does Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Cost?

The cost ranges depending on your provider and insurance company. Generally, however, the treatment can cost you around $1000. You may need several treatments for optimal results, but the treatment may only be performed once a month.

How Long Does the Effect of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Last?

This cosmetic procedure harnesses your body’s ability to form new tissues, so the results of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy are long-lasting. Within 3 weeks, you will see your facial tissues starting to look fuller and more natural, and the effects last for up to 3 years.

Is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Safe?

You can’t get Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy without knowing the safety aspects of this procedure. To start with, this aesthetic procedure is safe and modern, and it can treat various skin problems. It does not use synthetic fillers, which can be dangerous. It uses your own plasma, which negates adverse and allergic reactions.

Is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Worth It?

The entire procedure may seem painful, but it’s worth it. Yes, it can be pricey, but the results are quite impressive. PRP therapy can dramatically improve the appearance of your skin. You will likely see a noticeable improvement in your aging skin.

If you have any questions about this procedure or are wondering if you are a great candidate for Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, call us or schedule an appointment with us today for a consultation.

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