Dermal fillers and botox are the most common non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed in the United States with more than 2.6 million Botox injections given every year. There are now more than one dozen dermal fillers — or wrinkle fillers — on the market, from Restylane and Juvederm to Elevess, Sculptra, and Radiesse. While there are definitely benefits to dermal fillers, they also come with downsides, including the fact that many are made with artificial ingredients or wear off after just six to nine months.
One of the latest wrinkle treatments isn't a filler at all, nor is it a toxin that paralyzes your muscles. PRP injections use the science of platelet rich plasma therapy, which has been used in sports medicine to speed healing for decades. PRP therapy rejuvenates the skin and actually improves the texture and appearance of fine lines; it doesn't merely fill them in. If you're looking for an all-natural and safe way to treat fine lines, poor skin texture, and sagging skin, here's why PRP injections are worth considering.
What is PRP?
PRP is prepared by drawing blood from your arm and spinning it in a centrifuge to isolate the platelets, which are cells that aide in clotting. When platelets are concentrated and injected into your skin, the attract stem cells to repair damage and actually prompt the growth of new tissue.
How PRP Injections Improve Your Skin?
PRP injections can do more than dermal fillers because the PRP actually uses and concentrates your body's own healing mechanisms. PRP therapy can improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, mildly sagging skin, and skin texture. PRP therapy can treat a number of problem areas, including delicate areas that can't easily be treated with fillers. This includes crow's feet, marionette lines, wrinkles around and on the lips, nasolabial folds, forehead wrinkles, neck lines, under-eye bags, and loose skin around the jawline. It can even be used to reduce the appearance of acne scars.
Is It Safe?
Platelet rich plasma therapy is very safe with no side effects because it uses your own blood. PRP for face is an extremely effective and safe method for reducing wrinkles on your face. There is no risk of allergic reaction or botulism as with Botox and dermal fillers. The only side effects are mild redness and tenderness at the injection site, sometimes with minor bruising. This is the same as with any injection and this redness and tenderness will go away after a few days.
PRP injections cannot replace surgery or provide the correction necessary to get rid of deep wrinkles or loose skin. Still, it can provide dramatic and noticeable results. Depending on the condition of your skin and your goals, you may need one to three treatments, which should be spaced about four weeks apart for best results.
If you're troubled by fine lines, rough skin, or sun damage, PRP injections are worth considering. Schedule a consultation to learn more about PRP therapy and find out if you're a good candidate.