PRP facials are increasingly becoming popular and have generated a lot of attention from the media over the last couple of months. However, what seems like the new facial in town has actually been around for seven years. There is no doubt on the benefits or platelet rich plasma in regenerative medicine and this is because platelets are rich in growth factors that can differentiate various cells in the body. Platelet derived growth factors have proven to be quite useful in the cosmetic world as they work to stimulate the proliferation of keratinocytes and fibroblasts.
In case these are new terms to you, these are responsible for producing keratin and collagen. Platelet derived growth factors play a vital role in the formation of blood cells as well as fibroblasts cellular division which are the common connective tissue cells. These growth factors also help in synthesizing the extracellular matrix, collagen and contain hyaluronic acid which science tells us does a great job of increasing skin volume and enhancing the tone. Increasing collagen production as you may already know goes a long way in correcting obvious signs of aging such as wrinkles and these growth factors can indeed help you have a more youthful appearance as they rejuvenate your skin cells.
PRP Facials and Surgical Facials are Different
Now, it’s important to note that PRP facials and surgical facelifts are quite different. The effects produced by this procedure are also not comparable with a facelift since it works to naturally restore the skin’s volume. PRP facials do not involve the use of laser, derma fillers or even neurotoxins as these are not always effective. Instead; the patient’s own platelets are used to regenerate the skin.
About PRP Stem Cells
Our bodies are natural stem cell producers and these are derived from various organs in the body. Our blood contains platelets which contain growth factors that stimulate stem cells.
PRP or platelet rich plasma actually contains up to five times as many stem cells as normal blood and this is why it’s in increasingly being used in modern medicine to heal treat various conditions and especially heal wounds. It’s why PRP therapies are also becoming useful in aesthetic medicine. Research suggests that these platelets have the ability to not only rejuvenate the skin but treat rosacea, acne and scarring as well.
PRP Facials: The Procedure
PRP facials are very safe and this is because the patient’s own blood us used. Unlike procedures such as Botox, there are minimum side effects and allergic reactions. Typically, the procedure starts with the doctor assessing the skin. It is then cleansed and prepared for the PRP injections.
A local anesthetic is applied on the skin and sometimes the doctor may use nerve blocks as well. Blood is drawn from the patients arm and spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets, blood cells, growth factors and stem cells. This mixture is then injected into areas of the face such the forehead, cheeks, eyes and mouth which is where the typical signs of aging usually occur. You can expect some minor swelling and bruising however the recovery period is pretty fast.
Most people will return to their normal duties in a few days. The results are visible in three weeks and they continue to improve gradually over the coming months.
PRP facials are a great alternative to most facial procedures currently available in the market and they are by far the safest since this is a process of the skin regenerating itself. R3 Stem Cell offers PRP Facials, Facelifts, Fillers and more. The treatments are very safe and effective. Call today!