The human body is powerful and has many healing capabilities that most people aren’t even aware of. When it comes to your skin, sometimes the best way to rejuvenate and improve its appearance is to capitalize on what’s already in your body just waiting to be used. At Texas Laser and Aesthetics located in Austin, TX, we offer PRP treatments as a way to rejuvenate the skin and restore that envy-worthy, youthful glow.
What Are the Benefits of PRP Treatment?
Not only is this a natural solution to rejuvenate the skin, but it doesn’t result in an allergic reaction because the only ingredient used is your blood. You won’t have to worry about a poor reaction to the treatment so there is no risk factor involved. PRP therapy will also rejuvenate the skin, restore a youthful glow, and can help reduce the appearance of the signs of aging. Additionally, it can:
- Improve skin elasticity
- Improve the appearance of the texture and tone of the skin
- Restore volume two areas of the face that have suffered volume loss due to the aging process
- Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face
- Enhance the face by contouring and adding definition
It Doesn’t Use Chemicals
PRP treatments don’t involve the use of chemicals or any other harsh ingredients. It is a completely natural way to improve the skin without the use of anything but the blood from your own body. Those who are cautious about what they put into their body as well as what they put on their skin will enjoy this treatment because it is 100% natural. Those with sensitive skin can rest assured knowing that this treatment doesn’t use any irritating ingredients.
It Stimulates Collagen Production
Collagen production is necessary for youthful skin. Any treatment that can stimulate collagen production will give you results and lead to youthful-looking skin. PRP treatments stimulate new cell growth as well as collagen production, which is essential in fighting the signs of aging on the skin. This treatment will give you more dramatic results than any collagen pills or supplements can.
There’s No Downtime
PRP therapy has also been referred to as, “the liquid facelift,” but the difference is that with this type of a “facelift:” there is no downtime. It will improve the appearance of your skin but you won’t have to reschedule your entire day around your treatments. You can resume your normal daily activities following your appointment and you won’t have to take any time off of work to undergo treatments.
It’s Minimally Invasive
The only invasive aspect of this treatment is the use of an injectable with a needle to administer the PRP into the face, or the use of a microneedling device. Other than that, it does not require any incisions or surgical methods to improve the skin.
What Is PRP?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. Platelet-rich plasma comes directly from the blood and is a concentrated, isolated form of plasma that doesn’t contain red blood cells. It has regenerative and healing properties that can help rejuvenate the skin by promoting new cell growth, stimulate hair growth when applied to the hair follicles, and can help the body heal faster from certain injuries.
How Is It Used?
PRP is used in both the cosmetic and the medical world for its healing abilities. It is isolated from the blood and is then put into an injectable form, or applied topically and is administered into different areas of the body based on the specific problem or need.
PRP is the main ingredient in a popular facial known as the Vampire Facial but is also used in other skin treatments in the cosmetic world. Once your blood is drawn and PRP is isolated from your blood, it can rejuvenate your skin. Based on the treatment being used, PRP may be injected into the skin, or applied topically and injected below the surface through the use of a microneedling tool.
Microneedling tools contain tiny needles that pierce the skin and create micro-injuries. The body responds to those injuries by increasing collagen production and once the skin is opened up, anything that is applied topically will penetrate the skin that much better. PRP is applied after microneedling so that the skin can benefit from the healing and regenerative properties that exist within it.
PRP for hair restoration is a treatment that is growing in popularity. Those who want to improve the appearance of their hair that has thinned with the aging process often look to PRP treatment for hair restoration as a way to stimulate hair growth and once again experience beautiful thicker hair. During this treatment, PRP is isolated from your blood and is then injected into different areas of the scalp as needed.
Within a few months, typically after several treatments, hair begins to grow in areas where it previously had not and those who have experienced age or genetic-related hair loss or thinning will experience hair growth and an overall improvement in the appearance of their hair.
PRP is used in the medical world to speed up the healing process of certain injuries. Some of the most popular athletes have turned to PRP as a way to speed their healing time from sports-related injuries. Typically, in the medical world, PRP is isolated from the patient’s blood and then injected directly into the joint or muscle.
Once injected, its healing capabilities will also help significantly increase healing time for joint and muscle injuries. It can also help with arthritis. Those who have torn tendons, experienced muscle injuries, have regular or injury-related joint pain, tendinitis, and arthritis have found pain relief and healing from these issues as a result of PRP therapy.
What Happens During Treatment?
During your treatment, you will undergo a standard blood draw. However, we will not need an entire vile of your blood. Typically, we only need two to four tablespoons of blood. Your blood will then be put into a machine called a centrifuge, which will spin the blood for a specific amount of time. During this process, the platelet-rich plasma will separate from the rest of your blood.
Once it is separated from the rest of the blood, PRP isn’t red; it’s a golden yellow color. The PRP will then be removed from the centrifuge and used to improve the appearance of your skin. Your PRP may be applied topically and used in conjunction with microneedling or can be directly injected into your skin, similar to how dermal fillers are injected.
How Many Treatments Will I Need To See Results?
Some patients benefit from one treatment while others need several to see their desired results. It all depends on your goals and what you are trying to achieve through your treatment. Typically, we recommend a few sessions for the best results. During an initial consultation with one of our skincare experts, we will discuss your concerns and examine your problem areas to develop a personalized treatment plan inclusive of a number of necessary treatment so that you get the best results.
How Long Will It Take To See Results?
Results vary, but those who undergo this treatment typically begin to see results within a few weeks to months after their first session. This treatment is effective, but it is also dependent upon the body for results. PRP will slowly improve the appearance of your skin, so it does require some patience to see results. However, once you see results, you will know that they were well worth the wait.
Some PRP treatments like the Vampire Facial, often combine the use of dermal fillers with PRP injections for faster results. These faster results come from the fast-acting dermal filler injections, not from the PRP injections. PRP’s effectiveness relies on the body’s ability to produce collagen in the treatment area and for the PRP to stimulate cell growth in the skin.
How Long Do Treatments Take?
The length of your appointment depends on what areas you are choosing to have treated. Typical appointments take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes based on your needs and your goals. During your initial consultation, once we get a better understanding of your skin, we can give you a better idea of how long your appointment will take.
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Who Is a Candidate?
If you want to rejuvenate your skin and get natural results, you are most likely a candidate for this treatment. If you have sensitive skin and can’t tolerate certain skin treatments that contain harsh ingredients, PRP treatments may be an effective option for your skin. Since there is little to no risk of a poor reaction or allergic reaction, this treatment is accessible to all skin types, even the most sensitive ones.
During your initial consultation, we will discuss your problem areas and help determine if this treatment is right for you and will meet your aesthetic goals. We will review the treatment with you and explain everything that is involved so that you know exactly what to expect.
Who Isn’t a Candidate?
When you are considering a skin treatment, it’s important to know in advance what could disqualify you from treatment so that you don’t have to waste any of your time at a consultation. Some people should avoid PRP treatments due to safety precautions. These individuals include:
- Those who have skin cancer in the treatment area
- Individuals with blood cancers
- Those who have diseases including HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis C, or cardiovascular disease
If you have a specific health condition not listed and still are unsure as to whether you are a candidate for this treatment, you can call our office and speak to one of our skincare experts who will be happy to discuss your concerns.
How To Experience All of the Benefits of PRP
If you want to combat the signs of aging, but you aren’t ready to undergo an invasive treatment, PRP treatments may be just what you’ve been looking for. They are effective, results-driven treatments that rely on the healing powers within the body to improve the skin. Contact us today at Texas Laser and Aesthetics located in Austin, TX and ask how you can learn more about the benefits of PRP and how it can change your skin for the better.