Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy is the latest medical breakthrough in sports medicine. You may have heard of top athletes getting this treatment when they are injured, because platelet-rich plasma helps skin and tissue to heal after an injury – but did you know that PRP therapy is also a way to get younger, healthier looking skin? Here are some more facts about PRP therapy!
What exactly is PRP therapy?
This procedure takes place in your doctor’s office. He or she will remove some of your own blood (about as much as is used for a blood test) and then isolate the platelet-rich plasma. These platelets are reinjected into the skin using a microneedling device. Using both PRP therapy and microneedling stimulates new skin cells to grow.
This “new” skin looks young and fresh, and the platelet cells can also help to fix damaged tissue. It can be used to help patients with acne scarring, stretch marks, lines and wrinkles, and even hyperpigmentation. It can help with those hollow rings that can appear under the eyes and can even help to plump the cheeks out.
What are the advantages of PRP therapy?
One of the many benefits of PRP therapy is that it is fast-acting. You’ll notice a difference within a few weeks, as new cells are made and the skin begins to heal from the microneedling/PRP replacement. Another benefit is that it is safe – because it uses the patient’s own blood, there is no risk of rejection or other serious side effects.
There may be a few mild side effects, however. You may notice some swollen, red skin and some bruising, but these typically subside within a week. After the procedure you should avoid strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours, make sure to moisturize your skin, and stay out of the sun.
PRP therapy isn’t just for injured athletes. You can take advantage of this technology, too, with PRP therapy at Stockton Dermatology in Phoenix, AZ! It is an effective, quick way to fight the signs of aging and other issues and to make skin look younger, refreshed, blemish-free, and beautiful. Call (480) 610-6366 today!