As medical technology continues to evolve and improve, it has been discovered that sometimes looking back is the best way to move forward. PRP Therapy (platelet rich plasma) is one such example. Considered today’s “wunderkind” in the sports medicine world, PRP therapy has been long used in dentistry for aiding in the healing of soft tissue. Today it is considered an exciting new treatment in the battle against aging and a prospect for hair restoration. Keep reading for answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about this exciting anti-aging technique.
What is PRP Therapy?
Platelet rich plasma therapy involves using your own blood to create a more youthful appearance. This blood will be mechanically processed, a process in which the platelets will be separated from the blood, and then injected into wrinkles, scars, and other droopy areas in much the same manner of Botox or other fillers.
How Does It Work?
The wounds (albeit small ones!) created by the injections will cause the platelets to go into healing mode and begin to repair the tissue around the area, basically encouraging your body to activate its own healing processes and leaving behind smoother skin with less wrinkles and a luminescent appearance.
Does It Last?
Initially, you may need monthly treatments, but after the first three months, you should be able to go 18 months or longer before needing another treatment.
Is It Better Than Botox?
While you may get a more dramatic and immediate change from Botox or other fillers, PRP therapy takes a little longer and provides a more natural result. Your skin will regain the glow of youth that you once took for granted, and many people enjoy the fact that they aren’t injecting chemicals into their bodies.
Am I A Good Candidate for PRP Therapy?
Because you are using your own blood to improve your appearance, nearly everyone is a good candidate for the procedure. But if you are looking for immediate results, or are expecting a “china doll” complexion with absolutely no wrinkles or scars showing, PRP may not be for you. The more natural results obtained from this type of therapy give you the appearance that you are aging gracefully more than the appearance of turning back time.
Still Have Questions?
Schedule an appointment with the Skin & Vein Center today for more in-depth answers to the above questions or if you have questions you didn’t see answered here. If not PRP therapy, we can help you find the procedure that works best for your needs!