Those keeping up with the latest and greatest skincare treatments will have PRP or platelet-rich plasma treatments on their radar. This non-surgical procedure quickly gained popularity as celebrities and influencers documented their experiences with PRP treatments.
Considering its skin-changing reputation and its unique skin rejuvenation, it’s no wonder that PRP is gaining traction. Columbia Laser Skin Center in The Dalles, OR, works to vet all of the latest trends to ensure all of our services have the results to back their buzz. So are PRP treatments living up to the hype?
We think so.
However, we want all of our patients to be fully informed about our treatments. So here we explain everything you need to know about Columbia Laser Skin Center’s latest addition: platelet-rich plasma treatments.
What Is PRP?
PRP has a long history in the healthcare world for healing soft tissue and wounds, but as new studies reveal the benefits of PRP in treating scars, minimizing pores, and rejuvenating skin, it has become a skincare trend as well.
Platelet-rich plasma treatment uses your own platelets to create a concentrated plasma full of growth factors. Those growth factors stimulate the skin’s healing response, collagen production, and more.
What Skin Concerns Does PRP Treat?
Platelet-rich plasma has a vast number of clinical applications. These include treating:
- Hair loss
- Acne scars
- Stretch marks
- Volume loss
- Fine lines
- Crepey skin
PRP’s growth factors stimulate skin’s natural healing and rejuvenation, primarily when used to treat the signs of aging that come from declining collagen and elastin.
How Does the PRP Process Work?
Your blood has four main components: plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Since PRP treatments start with your own blood, we’ll first collect a blood sample. Next, a member of our expert team takes the sample to a centrifuge to concentrate and isolate the platelets.
The centrifuge spins the blood, separating platelets and plasma from red and white blood cells. The separated solution offers over five to ten times more platelets than normal plasma, making it highly potent in healing injured tissue.
Once PRP is in the treatment area, it breaks down and releases growth factors, triggering the body’s healing process and stimulating collagen production.
PRP for Facial Rejuvenation
At Columbia Laser Skin Center, you may choose to apply your PRP to your skin in conjunction with other services or have your PRP injected into your skin with or without fillers.
The Skin Rejuvenation Facial
The Skin Rejuvenation Facial combines PRP treatment with other skincare procedures, such as microneedling, microdermabrasion, or laser procedures. We’ll draw your blood and prepare it while you’re undergoing another popular procedure in these combination services.
The procedure you choose to pair with your PRP treatment prepares your skin before we apply platelet-rich plasma to your skin’s surface. The two treatments work in conjunction to stimulate collagen production, reduce fine lines, and accelerate wound healing.
Facial PRP Injections
PRP injections can be applied anywhere fillers are used. When injected into the skin, PRP stimulates and feeds the body’s natural healing response, resulting in more collagen production and faster tissue regeneration. The result is smoother and tighter skin, fewer wrinkles, and improved texture and structure.
PRP for Hair Restoration
Patients who are unhappy about hair loss or thinning turn to PRP treatments to stimulate hair growth. The growth factors in PRP can reactivate inactive hair follicles, resulting in hair regrowth and increased thickness. PRP scalp injections are especially effective when combined with other treatments to stimulate dormant hair follicles.
Is PRP Safe?
Because PRP treatments only use the patient’s own tissues, the injections are safe to be administered alone or in conjunction with other procedures.
Additionally, PRP injections are frequently chosen over fillers by patients who are more comfortable using their own platelets to rejuvenate the skin rather than a foreign substance.
Why Choose PRP?
There are many treatment options for those who wish to reduce the signs of aging and rejuvenate their skin. However, more patients are turning to PRP injections either alone or in conjunction with other treatments to restore their skin’s youthfulness. Here’s why:
PRP Offers More Complete Results
PRP treatments stimulate the body’s collagen and elastin production, increasing the structure and thickness of thinning skin and tightening the skin, which smooths wrinkles and fine lines.
Since PRP boosts the body’s collagen, it improves the skin’s overall texture and tone, providing a solution for everything from rosacea to acne.
PRP Treats Delicate Skin
Treatments such as lasers and microneedling are not advised for delicate skin, such as the under-eye area. PRP injections safely treat the thinner skin where the signs of aging first develop.
PRP Provides Long-Lasting Results
While the effects of PRP treatments aren’t permanent, the results of PRP last, on average, 18 months to two years. As a result, many patients have their PRP treatments retouched yearly.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for PRP Treatments?
PRP treatments are safe for most patients. The best candidates for PRP treatments are experiencing visible signs of aging, such as uneven skin tone, acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, and dull skin. These skin concerns stem from a reduction in collagen levels, which PRP addresses explicitly.
PRP candidates are also in good health and free of blood or bleeding disorders or any active infection.
At Columbia Laser Skin Center, we’re excited to show you what PRP treatments can do to rejuvenate your skin. If you want to learn more about platelet-rich plasma and its benefits, schedule an appointment with us today.