Nosferatu analogies are nothing new to the realm of beauty treatments. After all, avoiding strong sunlight is a good way to keep wrinkles at bay and is also an important aftercare tip following microdermabrasion. With the so-called “PRP facelift”—or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment—such comparisons are certainly inevitable. Let’s take a deep look at the underlying science of PRP treatment and the steps involved:
What’s So Special About Platelets?
Platelets are like tiny balls of goo in your bloodstream. More specifically, they’re fragments of cytoplasm—the fluid found inside cells. The main role of platelets is in the wound healing process. When you are injured, platelets will swarm the cut and clog the opening. Platelets will then bond with each other and release signals that trigger something called the coagulation cascade; an impressive term for the remarkable chain of events that lead to blood clotting and wound closure.
The “PRP facelift” comes into play as these signals, or platelet-derived growth factors (PDGF), are released. PDGF triggers the various elements of the healing process, such as the formation of new skin, collagen production, and the overall rejuvenation of the affected area. Since collagen helps fill out wrinkles, and new skin becomes softer and more youthful, you can see where this is going: Platelet-rich plasma treatment takes these PDGFs and delivers them to your wrinkles, triggering the body’s own restoration process to help produce younger, beautiful skin.
Turning PDGF into PRP
Although the science can seem daunting, the actual procedure of PRP treatments is very straightforward and can be done within an hour:
• First, blood is drawn from your body.
• The blood is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the PDGFs from the red blood cells and other substances that normally run through your veins. The resulting solution is a concentrated batch of healing factors that we load into a micro-needling gun.
• Lastly, we use the gun to inject the platelet-rich plasma into the targeted wrinkle areas on your face or, alternatively, into areas of thinning hair on your scalp.
Regardless of where the injection occurs, the result is the same: The PRP treatment triggers your body’s natural rejuvenation process and sets it to work, restoring the affected area by stimulating cell growth and collagen production.
Since this effectively relies on your body’s own procedures, it can take time to experience the full effect but it is wholly natural. On average, to experience the benefits of PRP therapy to their full effect, a patient receiving a PRP facelift requires two to three treatments. The upside, though, is that PRP treatments will last for at least 18 months and come with no risk of rejection since the treatments use your body’s own substances.
Pretty neat, huh?
Get PRP Treatment from the Experts at Anti Aging Toronto Clinic
Anti Aging Toronto Clinic aims to continue to be the best skin care clinic and provider of PRP treatment in Toronto. Our mission is to provide our customers with the highest standards of customer service and sanitation as we employ our PRP procedures. Contact us today for more information about our treatments and procedures or to schedule a free assessment.