Want to Glow This Holiday Season? Consider a PRP Facial!
- Posted on: Nov 15 2018
The effects of being alive show up in a myriad of ways. As we age, we notice many of them, including rough skin, age spots, lines and wrinkles, and much more. In our Chicago practice, we help men and women of all ages address their cosmetic concerns in ways that are tailored to them. While plastic surgery is our specialty, we know how to spot the value in non-surgical treatments. Here, we want to discuss how a PRP facial can maximize your complexion before the upcoming holiday season.
What is PRP?
You may have heard of the “Vampire Facial,” a treatment recently made popular on social media. The reason this rejuvenating technique is referred to as such is that it utilizes the patients own blood to provoke tissue regeneration. At the heart of the Vampire Facial is PRP, or platelet-rich plasma. PRP is obtained by taking a small amount of blood from the arm and then spinning the vial of blood at high speed to separate out the different types of blood cells. We want the platelets in plasma because this is where growth factors live, and growth factors are integral to tissue regeneration.
The PRP Facial
PRP facials are routinely performed in our Chicago office. The process involves the application of an anesthetic cream to desensitize the skin before treatment. Blood is drawn from the arm and spun in the centrifuge machine. This takes just a few minutes. The facial commences with the use of an automated microneedling applicator. This device contains numerous tiny needles that, when passed over the skin, create microchannels into which platelet-rich plasma can settle. This permeates superficial tissue with healing bio-products to maximize the results of microneedling itself.
On its own, microneedling brings more collagen and elastin to superficial tissue. This achieves improvements such as stretch mark reduction, increased skin tightness and firmness, smaller pore size, a healthy glow, and diminished scarring. The inclusion of platelet-rich plasma enhances the rejuvenating effects of the basic technique.
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