Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is one of the more exciting developments in skin rejuvenation and, like with all new treatments, it is natural to worry about safety. The truth is that although PRP treatments make use of a great deal of science, they are also completely safe. The reason is because of how the treatment works and makes use of your body’s natural functions and fluids.
What Is PRP Therapy?
To the naked eye, blood looks like a singular substance. Under the microscope, it is revealed that blood is actually made up of a variety of different cells including plasma, red and white blood cells, and platelets. All of these substances have their role in the body, and one of the jobs that platelets have is to trigger the body’s repair mechanisms. These mechanisms respond to the presence of platelets and will act to remedy the areas they are most concentrated in. This forms the crux of PRP injections. By drawing blood and using a centrifuge (a device used in labs to separate substances) to extract platelet-rich plasma, a large jolt of healing factors can be delivered to targeted areas of your skin.
When the PRP injection is delivered to a wrinkle, your body is suddenly struck with alerts that that area of the body is damaged and begins the repair process. This means the extra production of collagen in proportion to the scale of the injury. The excess collagen will be what fills in wrinkles and smoothes over creases.
But Is It Safe?
PRP injections are what are known as “autologous,” which means that they come from the same patient they are used on. An autologous option is one of the more medically ideal since there is no chance of an adverse reaction. Your body isn’t going to think the PRP solution is an intruder and the treatment’s principles—as outlined above—rely on this since they use the body’s own signals to direct tissue repair.
Done in this manner, PRP therapy is actually much safer than the alternatives. If platelets were drawn from a third party, for instance, there would be risks of blood-borne disease transmission. Additionally, at some clinics, like Anti Aging Toronto Clinic, PRP procedures are handled by a professional phlebotomist who spends six days a week drawing and treating blood in a lab. So, you can rest assured that the people handling your PRP treatment know what they’re doing.
Are There Side Effects to PRP Therapy?
PRP therapy has no side effects from the platelets, since it’s your own body’s collagen that’s filling out your wrinkles. Having said that, there is going to be a small degree of response from the injection itself—the skin, after all, has just been broken by a sharp object. You can expect some redness and minor swelling or sensitivity at the injection area that should fade after a few days. PRP therapy can also take some time to work since it is based on natural recovery mechanisms, but you will eventually see results.
We at the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic pride ourselves on mastering the latest technological and clinical techniques to ensure your skin can stay as young and vibrant as you feel. Contact us by phone at 416-546-4664 for more information.