Are you curious about all the platelet-rich plasma treatments you’re hearing about? These treatments use platelet-rich plasma (PRP) taken from your blood to renew and rejuvenate your skin. These treatments won’t turn you into a creature of the night. They will take years off your face or body without invasive surgery or long recovery. What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP? Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is part of your blood. It contains high levels of growth hormones, cell stimulants, disease fighters and other ingredients that are highly beneficial. PRP treatments have become very popular in skin care, body care and even hair care. Every day, clinicians and spa professionals are finding new uses for this “magic” ingredient that comes right from your own body. The two most popular treatments in facial care are PRP injections, and PRP with microneedling. Why Use Blood in Beauty Treatments? PRP treatments use the body’s own natural fluids. Using your own blood helps strengthen your immune system and ensures that your body will accept the fluids easily. You don’t have to worry about your body rejecting the plasma or needing to adapt to foreign bodies. You won’t need a blood transfusion or any of the potential dangers that can go along with one. PRP has been proven to: Boost cell turnover. Cell turnover creates radiant skin. It also helps heal scars and helps hair on your scalp grow. Stimulate collagen. Collagen is the key building block that creates strong skin with a youthful resiliency. Speed healing. Concentrated injections of PRP help skin heal acne scars and stretch marks. This doesn’t just work on the face. A type of facial can be used on the body to fade stretch marks and scars. Hold moisture. Skin that holds moisture looks plump, full and youthful. Moisture helps fill in pits, fine lines and wrinkles. Improve skin health. Unlike treatments that work on a surface level, treatments that use PRP lead to skin that continues to improve. Your skin keeps building collagen and fighting wrinkles for several months after a treatment. Clear rosacea and redness. You can use PRP treatments even if your skin is sensitive and easily irritated. After one treatment, you’ll notice an improvement in your skin’s redness. Enhance immunity. Your entire system will feel stronger and better able to cope with daily stresses that can age you. Exfoliate deeply. Deep exfoliation is the key to reducing the look of sunspots, age spots, childbirth-related melasma and other pigmentation problems. It’s also healthy for your scalp and stimulates hair growth there. How Safe Is the PRP Procedure? PRP is FDA-approved for skin care treatments. Here’s how the PRP is extracted. Our doctor or spa professional withdraws a small amount of blood from your arm or finger. The blood is then placed in a device called a centrifuge. The centrifuge quickly separates the blood into its three components: -Red blood cells -White blood cells -Plasma This process only takes about 10 minutes. The plasma is filled with health-enhancing platelets. As you may know, plasma is used in many life saving medical treatments. This platelet-rich plasma also provides dramatic beauty benefits. What Treatments Use PRP? The most popular treatments that incorporate PRP are: -Facial (microneedling) -Injectables We’ll look at the two treatments that can rejuvenate your face and give you lasting radiance. Facial The facial is the hottest trend in skin care. You may have heard about it on social media sites and in beauty magazines. It’s a procedure that combines microneedling with PRP. What Is Microneedling? Microneedling uses a series of tiny, painless injections to gently break down the surface cells of your skin. Microneedling is also called collagen induction therapy. Its main purpose is to dramatically increase the production of collagen and elastin in your skin. On its own, microneedling has amazing benefits for skin. It is time-tested treatment that beauty salons and medical spas have used successfully for decades. With PRP, microneedling is enhanced for even better results. Benefits of a Platelet-Rich Plasma Facial -Reduces fine lines and wrinkles. -Heals persistent dryness. -Makes your skin color even. -Heals age spots, sun damage and blemishes. -Makes skin firm and youthful. -Gives a lasting glow to your complexion. -Makes your pores tighter. -Helps skin retain moisture. -Delivers immediate results that last. How Does a PRP Facial Compare to a Chemical Peel or Laser Dermabrasion? Strong chemical peels and laser abrasions are great for most people. They produce dramatic, long-lasting results. They are not appropriate for everyone, however. -These treatments are too harsh for sensitive skin. -They may require a long, painful recovery. -Full results can take weeks to show. -They can cause lasting damage if they’re not administered correctly. -They require a serious commitment of time and aftercare. The facial, on the other hand: -Is suitable for any skin type. -Involves no pain or downtime. -Gives you beautiful results in just a few days. -Has a quick, painless recovery. Recovery After a Facial Immediately after the facial, you’ll need to be very gentle with your skin. Avoid wearing makeup and use a mild cleanser and moisturizer at night. In the morning, use lotion. You can apply makeup the next day. Avoid using makeup brushes. They could cause irritation. The first day, your skin will scab over slightly as it recovers. Over the next three days, your skin will start clearing up quickly. You may experience some dryness and peeling as your skin sheds old skin cells and prepares a vibrant, new layer. A heavier moisturizer on these flaking days is a good idea. When Will You See Your Results? After the fourth day, you’ll see even tone and smaller wrinkles. You may be happy with these results. We recommend that you get three treatments to get the most impressive results. How Often Can You Get a Facial? You should get three treatments about a month apart from each other. After that, you can maintain your results with one or two treatments a year. Injectables (PRP Facelift) If you want to take years off your face but want to avoid invasive surgery, you may have thought about a PRP facelift. This facelift is like a liquid facelift. It’s a non-surgical, minimally-invasive way to eliminate wrinkles, add volume to your face and give your whole appearance a youthful, lifted look. It goes a step further than the liquid facelift by adding PRP. This makes the results noticeably better. A platelet-rich plasma facelift is an excellent alternative to a surgical facelift or harsh facial treatments. It works on any skin type. You can look years younger while you enjoy: -A safe, FDA-approved procedure. -No scarring. -No stitches. -No downtime. -No general anesthesia. How Does It Work? During a platelet-rich plasma facelift, our professionals will use your own platelets to stimulate healing in your face. This is accomplished by injecting the golden liquid underneath your dermis, without the use of microneedling. Dermal fillers can be added to enhance the result. Most dermal fillers are made with hyaluronic acid. This helps your skin stay moist and radiant. Adding PRP to the fillers enhances this effect. It makes your skin stronger and healthier. Benefits of a PRP Facelift -Restores volume to sagging, drooping areas. -Eliminates crow’s feet, laugh lines and marionette lines. -Adds fullness to lips. -Makes skin look firm and youthful. -Tightens sagging skin. -Makes your complexion radiant. -Fills in wrinkles and laugh lines. -Delivers immediate, long-lasting results. What Happens During a Non-Surgical Facelift? You’ll begin with a consultation to determine where you want your face filled. Your consultation will also determine the best fillers for your needs. The day of your procedure, our doctor or spa professional first removes a small amount of blood from your arm. After extracting the PRP, your provider then mixes the PRP directly into the needle with your filler. Your provider then injects the fillers into the designated areas. The procedure takes about one hour. Recovering from a Non-Surgical Facelift You will experience some swelling and redness immediately after the procedure. This will mostly fade over the next few hours. The small amount of remaining redness will go away in the next day or two. You can wear makeup until your skin has fully healed. When Will You See Your Results? In most cases, you will see full results three days after the treatment. You’ll look dramatically younger. Your wrinkles and fine lines will be gone. Your whole face will glow. In most cases, you can expect your results to last about two years. At that point, it’s fine to repeat the non-surgical facelift or move on to a surgical facelift. Our doctor or spa professional can give you tips on retaining your gorgeous results. Which Treatment Is Right for You? Our doctor or spa consultant can help you determine whether you want a facial or a facelift. Both treatments will give you glowing, healthy skin and amazing results. The facial is a good choice if: -You have early signs of aging that you want to correct. -Your main concerns are sunspots, sun damage or scarring. -You want to improve your skin’s health and condition. A facelift is the right choice if: -You want to look years younger without undergoing surgery. -You want to add volume and erase wrinkles. -You want dramatic, long-lasting results. Learn More About Facial Rejuvenation with PRP If you’re interested in getting beautiful skin and looking years younger without surgery or painful treatments, you’re an excellent candidate for a PRP treatment. It’s easy to get started. At Weight and Life MD, we can help you find out which facial rejuvenation treatment is right for you. We are conveniently located in Hamilton, NJ. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!