You have probably heard of PRP, as athletes like Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant rely upon the injections to help them overcome sports injuries, but PRP now has a far broader use, especially in the realm of cosmetic enhancements. Also known as platelet-rich plasma, PRP is essentially liquid gold obtained from your own body that can be used to reverse unwanted signs of aging and reinvigorate your skin. But when blended with a dermal filler, the true magic of PRP is revealed.
Platelet-Rich Plasma For Rejuvenation
PRP injections harness the power of blood platelets to trigger accelerated healing deep down in the skin. PRP is created from your own blood when a doctor takes a small vial of blood from the arm, less even than is required for routine blood tests, and places it into a vial to be spun in a centrifuge. Through the process of the centrifuge, the amount of blood platelets in the plasma becomes about four times more concentrated.
Platelets contain incredibly powerful growth factors and proteins that have immense healing power when unleashed near the site of an injury. This means that when PRP is injected into your skin, the concentrated growth factors and proteins activate to create collagen. Collagen is the critical component of the skin and body that is responsible for maintaining bright, smooth, elastic skin. After PRP injections, your skin is able to heal itself to reverse sun damage, wrinkles, discoloration, sagginess, and other signs of aging.
PRP and Dermal Fillers Combined
PRP has incredible effects on its own, but can reach new heights when injected simultaneously with a dermal filler like Radiesse or Juvederm. These hyaluronic acid-based fillers use the component already found in the body to generate newfound volume under the skin. This volume fills wrinkles, alleviates age-related midface volume loss, and revives tired skin. When you receive PRP and a dermal filler simultaneously, your skin receives double the healing action.
In fact, according to the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, PRP and hyaluronic acid together generate clinically visible and statistically significant improvement in aging facial skin. It’s amazing that this quick in-office procedure can do so much for the skin. While the filler provides the instant volume corrections for sunken skin and wrinkles, the PRP stimulates regeneration of healthier, more taut skin. Patients who undergo this double treatment explain that they can see and feel the effects within just minutes, and also report that the results last up to six months longer.