Wednesday, June 18, 2014

PRP Therapy - Using Your Own Blood for Rejuvenation

PRP Therapy Miami or platelet rich plasma for rejuvenation is gaining popularity, particularly after a few celebs have had it done. Kim Kardashian had the so-called vampire facial done by Dr. Julio Gallo at The MIAMI Institute on her reality show and tweeted her post-procedure picture to her fans.  PRP Therapy isn’t new, it’s just being used in a new way following clinical trials that showed its efficacy for facial rejuvenation.

What is PRP?

PRP is platelet rich plasma - a part of your blood. For the procedure a vial of blood is drawn form your arm and then spun in a centrifuge. This action separates the platelets from the other blood components. PRP contains growth factors that stimulate fibroblast production; essential for new skin cell development, and new blood vessel formation which transports nutrients to the skin. The growth factors know where they are needed and get to work renewing and regenerating below the surface.

How is PRP used in a Facial?

Once your blood is separated into it components, the PRP is drawn into a syringe. It is best that a facial plastic surgeon do this procedure, or at least a medical esthetician who is specifically trained in facial rejuvenation. The artistry and skill of a plastic surgeon give you, as the patient, a more precise and targeted facial that can address your specific skin type and signs of aging, rather than a general procedure that perhaps isn’t nearly as effective. The surgeon uses a needling device, sweeping it over your skin, causing micro injuries as the needles quickly penetrate the epidermis. This action alone stimulates collagen production, your body’s natural healing reaction to these tiny punctures. The PRP is dipped onto the skin as the needling device moves across that area. The needles push the PRP deep into the skin layers where those growth factors go to work restoring, rebuilding, rejuvenating. Your surgeon may also inject some of the PRP into laugh lines or other creases to naturally plump like a synthetic filler would.

The PRP therapy for the face take about an hour. Often patients schedule a collagen mask immediately after this treatment, capitalising on the opportunity to infuse their skin with nourishment. It is also works to soothe the skin after the needling. Most patients experience redness following the PRP facial, but it quickly calms and the following day the skin is beautiful and smooth. The effects of the treatment keep getting better over the next few months as the growth factors continue to work.

Most patients have PRP therapy as a facial twice a year. It’s quite popular in the late fall as a preparation for holiday parties and family gatherings. That fits nicely with a second treatment in the spring as a fresh approach to the upcoming summer season of travel.


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