Aging is inevitable, but luckily with modern advancements in skin care, you don’t have to look as old as you actually are. Many cosmetic treatments are specifically designed to help reverse the signs of aging, whether it’s filling in wrinkles, smoothing your skin’s texture or reducing imperfections.
During the last several years, much has been written about PRP, or platelet-rich plasma. Many famous athletes, including Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant, have used PRP treatments to address various sports injuries that normally would have been treated with medicine, physical therapy or surgery.
PRP for cosmetic enhancements
In addition to healing sports injuries, PRP now has a far broader use in the world of cosmetic enhancements. PRP is obtained from your own body, and it can be used to reduce unwanted signs of aging. But here’s where the real magic happens: When PRP is combined with dermal fillers, it results in an unbeatable combination.
Before we get to why dermal fillers and PRP together are so amazing, let’s discuss why PRP is beneficial for your skin.
Using platelet-rich plasma for skin rejuvenation
PRP can be used to breathe new life into skin. PRP injections use blood platelets to help speed up healing deep underneath your skin’s surface. The procedure involves taking a small amount of blood from your arm — even smaller than the amount required for blood tests — placing it in a vial, and putting it in a centrifuge to spin rapidly. Through this spinning action, the amount of platelets in that small amount of blood becomes four times as concentrated.
As you might recall from your days in human anatomy class, platelets’ function is to stop cuts from bleeding when you injure yourself. They help form clots to fix the damage the cut has caused.
Platelets also contain very powerful growth factors and proteins that have incredible healing power. They essentially create collagen, the critical component of your skin that’s responsible for it being bright, elastic and youthful.
PRP lets your skin heal itself from whatever damage it has endured: sun exposure, wrinkles, discoloration, sagging and other visible signs of aging.
Combining PRP with dermal fillers
When PRP is combined with dermal filler treatments like Restylane or Belotero, its effects reach a whole new level of potency of conquering the effects of aging. Dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally produced by your body. Most of it is found in your skin, connective tissue and eyes. Its purpose is to help your body retain water so your tissues stay well-lubricated and moist.
Therefore, hyaluronic acid naturally promotes healthier, more supple skin that has increased volume for less sagginess. This volume that hyaluronic acid provides can fill wrinkles, alleviate age-related face volume loss and revive skin that looks tired. PRP and dermal fillers work hand-in-hand to provide your facial skin with double the healing action.
The Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology published a study in 2016 that found there was a statistically significant difference in “general appearance, skin firmness-sagging and skin texture according to the patients’ before and after applications of PRP and HA.” This quick in-office procedure can provide so many benefits for your skin. The dermal fillers provide instant volume corrections, and the PRP component helps stimulate more long-term regeneration of healthier, tauter skin.
If you’re interested in learning more about PRP and dermal fillers, contact Aponi Aesthetics to schedule an appointment or book a no-obligation consultation and discover if this treatment is right for you.