What are the benefits of PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a revolutionary technology that has been used for many years in treating wounds, and helping athletes overcome injuries. However, the technology has now become very popular in several cosmetic procedures. But how exactly does it work and what are the benefits of PRP.

What is PRP?

PRP is a concentrate of platelet rich plasma, which has traditionally been used in sports medicine and orthopedics to treat soft tissue injuries of the muscles and ligaments. Platelets are tiny cells in the blood that form a clot to help repair the damage whenever there is an injury. They contain special growth factors that have healing properties.

In recent years, PRP has been used extensively for facial rejuvenation along with other cosmetic procedures such as hair restoration.

How PRP works

In order to prepare the PRP, a small amount of blood is drawn from the arm of the patient, much like when blood is taken for a normal blood test. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich-plasma from the other blood constituents. The concentrated serum contains a lot more platelets than normal and that’s why PRP is so effective when used for therapy.

PRP is a regenerative technology that initiates the growth of blood vessels and tissue, so it promotes healing and improves skin quality.

PRP for facial rejuvenation

When used for facial rejuvenation, PRP promotes youthful skin and treats skin concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, scars, enlarged pores, poor skin texture, and skin laxity.

The blood is drawn and prepared to create the concentrated PRP serum that is then injected into the targeted areas of the face. PRP revitalizes the skin cells and may also encourage collagen production. The additional collagen in the skin helps to restore volume in areas of the face that appear hollow or sunken.

Most of the PRP is absorbed within 24 hours, so there is no downtime after treatment. Consequently, patients are able to resume normal activities immediately. Patients usually see results about 3-4 weeks after treatment, but optimal results may take up to 6 weeks.

PRP Therapy for hair loss

PRP hair regeneration is an outpatient procedure that is done under local anesthesia. The PRP is prepared as normal, and a fine needle is used to inject the platelets into the thinning or balding areas of the scalp. When PRP is injected into the scalp it regenerates the hair follicles, and stimulates hair growth.

It typically requires a series of 3 PRP treatments to achieve optimal hair growth. Results become evident about 3 months after treatment.

Benefits of PRP

  • Minimally Invasive: Both PRP facial rejuvenation and PRP for hair loss are minimally invasive treatments that require only a few injections.
  • PRP is a safe procedure. There is no risk of an allergic reaction or contamination with PRP, because the treatment is done using nothing more than the patient’s own blood. Therefore, the body does not respond negatively to the introduction of the platelets below the skin.
  • Minimal side-effects. There may be some facial redness and bruising at the injection site after PRP facial rejuvenation, but these symptoms resolve within a few hours. After PRP hair loss treatment patients may experience some soreness and redness, but this typically only lasts for a day or two.
  • Completely Natural: PRP is a completely natural treatment that contains no synthetic substances, so the rejuvenation process is also natural. This makes it ideal for people concerned about injecting chemicals or other foreign substances into their body.
  • Long lasting results: The results of PRP can last for several years, but follow up treatments may be needed.
  • Short recovery: The recovery after PRP is minimal, and patients are generally able to return to their usual activities after treatment. However, patients that undergo PRP for hair loss normally go back to work the following day.
  • Minimal pain: PRP is a relatively comfortable treatment that is well tolerated by most patients.

Would you like to learn more about PRP?

Contact Sthetix based in Liverpool, Merseyside UK for more information. Sthetix also serves Chester and Ormskirk.

Call 0151 317 9251 today to set up a consultation.

Chemical Peels vs. Laser Facial Rejuvenation: Which Helps My Skin the Best?

Chemical Peels vs. Laser Facial Rejuvenation: Which Helps My Skin the Best?

Would you like to improve the texture of your skin and fix imperfections such as wrinkles, sunspots, and acne scars? Chemical peels and laser resurfacing are both excellent solutions for damaged skin. But how can you decide which will help your skin the best.

Chemical Peels vs. Laser Facial Rejuvenation

What are chemical peels?

Chemical peels are skin resurfacing treatments that use a chemical solution to remove the damaged outer layer of skin. Chemical peels vary in intensity and may be superficial, medium, or deep. The type of peel recommended will depend on the desired results. Stronger peels will strip away more layers of skin.

  • Superficial peels use alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic acid to lightly exfoliate the top layer of the skin.
  • Medium peels typically involve the use of glycolic acid or trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to improve skin conditions such as sunspots, fine lines, wrinkles, and mild skin discoloration. These peels are more intense, and generally require more downtime than superficial peels.
  • Deep peels generally use TCA to get rid of damaged skin cells, but they are done to a deeper depth than medium or superficial peels.

There is generally some peeling and redness after a chemical peel, but the severity of the side-effects will vary based on the intensity of the peel.

Popular medical peels

SkinMedica peels are among the most popular chemical peels on the market, as they yield very good results. The Illuminize, Vitalize, and Rejuvenize peels help make the skin clearer, brighter, and more youthful. The Illuminize Peel is the mildest of the 3 peels, while Rejuvenize is the strongest.

The Vitalize peel is a medium peel and is the most sought-after of the 3 peels. It is suitable for mild skin imperfections, and can be used on all skin types. The Vitalize peel treats skin conditions such as fine lines, wrinkles, rough skin, and scars.

What is laser facial rejuvenation?

Laser facial rejuvenation uses ablative or non-ablative lasers to treat imperfections, and improve the appearance of the skin.

Ablative lasers such as the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser and the erbium laser, work by removing the outer layers of damaged skin.

Unlike ablative lasers, non-ablative lasers don’t remove the top layer of the skin. Instead, they work beneath the surface of the skin and this makes the treatment less invasive so it requires less downtime. Non-ablative lasers create microscopic wounds in the skin that trigger wound healing and stimulate collagen production.

It typically requires a series of 3-6 treatments to achieve the best results with laser facial rejuvenation.

Depending on the type of laser being used post-procedural side-effects may include swelling, bruising, and redness.

Popular laser facial rejuvenation laser treatments

The Laser Genesis by Cutera is a popular non-invasive facial rejuvenation treatment that uses an Nd: YAG laser to revitalize and resurface the skin. The Laser Genesis addresses a range of skin concerns including fine lines, wrinkles, irregular skin texture, large pores, scars and redness.

The Laser Genesis facial treatment takes about 15-20 minutes to perform. The laser emits short pulses of light that heats the upper dermis and stimulates collagen, which helps to improve the quality and appearance of the skin.

Which Helps My Skin the Best?

Chemical peels and laser facial rejuvenation both promote the growth of fresh, new skin cells by removing the old, outer layer of skin. They are also effective treatments for skin concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, hyperpigmentation, and more. However, they are very different procedures and when considering the one that will help your skin the best, it’s important to consider the specific skin concerns you need treated, as well as your skin tone and skin type.

In addition, people with darker skin tones have to be more cautious, as some types of chemical peels and laser systems are not appropriate for darker skin.

Depending on your skin type, your physician may recommend a combination chemical peel or laser resurfacing treatment for optimal facial rejuvenation.

Would you like more information on chemical peel and laser facial rejuvenation?

Contact Precision Aesthetics in Santa Ana / Irvine California for more information.

Call (949) 528-8073 today to set up a consultation.