For decades, PRP therapy has been the go-to treatment for faster healing of injuries. It is no wonder that when incorporated with certain skin treatments, the results become more distinguished, while the down time is cut by half.
PRP, which is short for Platelet Rich Plasma, is a component found in blood. This plasma is rich in growth factors, which plays a big part in the treatment of wounds. It works well with the human body because the blood is drawn from the patient, making it a more natural alternative method of skin rejuvenation.
This Platelet Rich Plasma is separated from the red blood cells and other blood components. In order to make the plasma richer with the platelets, it is taken through a centrifugation process which amplifies the concentration.
The increased concentration of the growth factors is what plays an important role when it comes to healing wounds. So in other words, there has to be an injury for the PRP to do its job, hence its introduction into certain skin techniques whose results hinge on creating micro wounds to the skin to allow for repair and rejuvenation to take place.
PRP and Micro-needling therapy
Micro-needling works by inflicting micro wounds on the skin. The technique uses micro needles to puncture the skin. As a result, new collagen and elastin is produced as the body is activated to fill in these micro wounds.
As the new collagen and elastin is generated, the skin becomes more firm, triggering more healing of other skin problems like stretch marks, acne scars, wrinkles, scars, pigmentation, and texture. Used on its own, micro-needling can have a downtime which includes redness and a bit of swelling for a couple of days.
Adding PRP to this procedure makes the results more prominent with a shorter downtime. The PRP is applied on the target area, and then the micro-needling device is passed on this area, allowing for the plasma to sip into the micro-injuries created by the micro needles.
The plasma, which is rich in growth factors, goes into the deeper layers of the dermis. This procedure rejuvenates the skin, shaving years off the skin’s appearance. The PRP and micro-needling therapy does not leave any scars, and literally no downtime.
PRP and Fractional Laser
Fractional laser is another skin rejuvenation treatment that is known to have a downtime of at least five to seven days. During the procedure, the laser creates thousands of microscopic wounds on the skin. After they are inflicted, these micro wounds stimulate collagen production which immediately tightens the skin.
Some of the effects of fractional laser on its own include a longer downtime, redness and swelling, and scaling of the skin which lasts for up to four days.
When PRP is introduced to this procedure, everything changes. It is usually applied after the fractional laser, or injected into the skin. After the plasma gets into the deep dermis, it increases the production of the collagen and speeds up the recovery by significantly reducing the redness, and keeping down any inflammations as well as pigmentations on the treated area.
The increased collagen stimulation augments the skin which leaves it smoother with an improved texture, and healthier and younger-looking.
Fractional laser and PRP therapy is also very efficient in treating active acne as well as acne scars, wrinkles and fine lines, and skin tightening.
By Incorporating PRP with these two major skin treatments – Micro-needling and Fractional Laser – the treatments become more effective, with minimal down time, and side effects.