Turn Back the Clock With PRP Therapy

Whenever you look in the mirror, have you noticed more and more signs of aging? Do you sometimes wish you could turn back the clock and erase the wrinkles? Getting old is unavoidable, but you don't have to look or feel older. There are non-invasive procedures that can help you fight the adverse effects of aging, such as skin damage, wrinkles, joint pain, and tendon injuries.

At Patel Aesthetics, most of Dr. Niki Patel's patients find the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy that we offer quite helpful. But what is PRP treatment? How can it help you turn back time? Let's explore this treatment, which taps into the body's healing properties.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Basics

In PRP therapy, the platelets are removed from your blood using a centrifuge, which spins your blood, separating the platelets, red blood cells, and white blood cells from the liquid plasma. The platelets are then harvested and recombined with plasma.

The platelets' job is to help blood to clot and aid in cell regeneration. They contain growth factors, which help to enhance the ability of the body to heal. The PRP is injected into the area of the body targeted for treatment.

What Are the Cosmetic Uses of PRP?

At Patel Aesthetics, we have found PRP technology quite useful for cosmetic procedures, especially for patients who are not able to have arthroscopic or open surgery. PRP is effective for treating the following:

Hair loss

To combat thinning hair, we inject the PRP into your scalp, where the PRP growth factors stimulate the growth of new hair. The procedure takes an hour to complete, and for best results, you may want to return every three to six months for additional treatment.

Facial wrinkles

To treat various facial wrinkles, PRP is injected into the area of concern, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, thereby smoothing and tightening your skin. A recent study found that just a single PRP injection was capable of reducing wrinkles. The most significant results from the study were for subjects with mild to moderate wrinkling that presented as smile or laugh lines.

Acne and other scars

If you’ve suffered with embarrassing acne scars since you were a teenager or scars from an accident, you’ll be happy to known that minimally invasive PRP therapy can help. When injected into your skin, the PRP boosts collagen and elastin production, lifting the skin from underneath.

You can expect to notice positive results within three weeks, but full results may take several months to appear. And depending on the severity of your scarring, you may need several treatments spaced six weeks apart.

Sun damage

Most of us have spent a little too much time in the hot sun. The most common result is painful irritation, blistering, and peeling. But the sun can have lasting negative effects on your skin. Long-term sun exposure can lead to brown spots, leathery skin, and wrinkles.

PRP injections help the body to increase healthy skin cells as well as collagen, which helps fill in areas of wrinkling resulting from sun damage. PRP also clears up discolored areas and spots by promoting the growth of new, healthy skin cells.

Dark undereye circles

You can develop dark undereye circles for various reasons, often because of damage to the vascular drainage system. But whatever the cause, PRP can reduce the appearance of your dark circles. The platelet-rich plasma’s collagen-stimulating properties promote tighter skin while lightening the dark circles.

As a regenerative treatment, PRP therapy does not produce results immediately, or even overnight. Your body needs time to grow new cells. Full results are usually achieved two to three months after the treatment.

To find out more about PRP, its uses and what it can do for your well-being, contact Dr. Patel at Patel Aesthetics.

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