Collagen is a fascinating substance that plays huge roles throughout the body. Although most commonly thought of in terms of the skin, collagen production occurs throughout the bones, muscles, and tendons as well, where it gives strength and structure. Collagen is also the most abundant protein in the body, making up about 30% of all proteins. For context, this works out to around six percent of your body’s entire mass!
Unfortunately, for all its importance and abundance, collagen naturally declines as we age, as well as in response to factors like excessive sun exposure or smoking. This leads to a reduction in the skin’s ability to maintain its integrity and a loss of elasticity. Over time, this manifests as things like loose skin, sagging lines or wrinkles, and other indicators that your once youthful skin isn’t as strong as it used to be.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that treatments like PRP therapy can boost collagen production in skin and be an effective part of anti aging skin care.
How PRP Therapy Increases Natural Production of Collagen
Collagen is heavily involved in the body’s wound-healing process. When injury is detected, collagen production is increased in order to create a scaffold for new skin cells to grow on. PRP therapy takes advantage of this behavior through a bit of biochemical deception.
Within your blood are various platelets and growth factors, several of which are used as signals to trigger blood clotting or wound healing. PRP therapy for skin draws a small amount of blood and spins it in a centrifuge in order to isolate these platelets and growth factors, mixes them with a nutrient solution, and delivers a targeted injection into your skin.
The body detects an injury from the needle, but the large concentration of platelets and growth factors makes it appear to be a much more serious wound than it actually is.
PRP Therapy Enhances Skin Tone, Elasticity, and Thickness
PRP’s main benefits come from the excess collagen produced after the needle injection. There is more collagen than the body needs to repair the needle mark, so now the skin is left with a bunch of protein and nothing to throw it at. Fortunately, the body is quite effective at making use of what it is given. This extra collagen is put to work within the skin around the injection site and begins doing what it does best: serve as a scaffold to support cell growth and rejuvenation. More specifically, collagen is most effective when tasked with filling out depressions in the skin, such as those caused by wrinkles or pitted acne scars. Elastin is also boosted during this process, which helps restore elasticity and pliability to the skin.
Incidentally, collagen is also involved in the growth of blood vessels, so PRP can be useful for improving blood flow to certain areas of the face should you encounter certain circulation issues.
Get Quality PRP Skin Therapy at the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic
At the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic, we pride ourselves on using the latest clinical methods to give clients the youthful glowing skin they deserve. We support our clients being able to make the right, informed decisions about PRP therapy and strive to provide the best platelet-rich plasma in Toronto. Feel free to contact us by phone at 416.546.4664 or by e-mail at info@AntiAgingToronto.cato ask any questions. Our skin care specialists can also offer you a tour of our Toronto facilities.