How Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections Can Help With Facial Rejuvenation
If you follow old legends, people have traveled the world over in search of the proverbial Fountain of Youth. As it turns out, the answer may have been under their noses the whole time. Recent research has shown that tapping your body’s own platelets can help rebuild healthier skin from the inside out.
At Brickell Cosmetic Center, our goal is to bypass the gimmicks and provide our Miami-area clients with anti-aging tools that are evidence-based and backed by science. One such treatment, called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, shows great promise in stimulating healthy new tissue and structural support for your skin on a cellular level.
Here’s a look at how our PRP injections can help rejuvenate your face.
Before we get into how PRP therapy can rejuvenate your skin, it’s useful to understand the forces we’re up against. When your skin ages, it gradually loses collagen and elastin, the two proteins that are largely responsible for the tone and elasticity in your skin. This loss is especially pronounced as women pass through menopause.
Without this support, it leaves your skin less able to keep up with the photodamage and exposure over the years, which is why your skin wrinkles, sags, and thins.
The wonder of platelets
Traditionally, the cosmetic world has addressed aging skin with invasive procedures like facelifts, which surgically tighten your skin. Although effective, this technique comes with some risks and not inconsequential downtime.
In seeking ways to revitalize your skin from within, the cosmetic field turned to other medical circles, like orthopedics, that were having great success helping patients heal more quickly through regenerative medicine, including platelets and stem cells.
The platelets in your blood are best known for clotting, but they also contain growth factors, cell adhesion molecules, and several different cytokines, which is a broad term for proteins. Together, these ingredients activate fibroblasts, which are the cells in your connective tissue that produce collagen.
The trick was to isolate and redirect your platelets, which is where PRP therapy comes in.
The PRP process
When we researched the best way to isolate and prepare your platelets, we found that the EmCyte® system rose above the rest in terms of effectiveness and results. Using EmCyte, we’re able to prepare a clinical dose of concentrated platelets that contain the correct cellular composition at ideal concentrations. All too often, contaminants find their way into PRP, but with EmCyte, we can be sure that you’re receiving a pure concentrate that works readily with your body to rebuild your skin.
When we introduce the PRP through a microneedling technique, we encourage your tissue to remodel its extracellular matrix, while also activating fibroblasts and collagen synthesis — the perfect trifecta for younger-looking skin.
Though anyone can dazzle with science, there are studies that back up the effectiveness of pure PRP injections. In one clinical trial in 2018, 11 women underwent a series of three pure PRP injections and here are their results, which were measured six months after their last treatment:
- A 26.3% reduction in total brown spot area
- Wrinkle counts were reduced by more than 37%
- Wrinkle volume decreased by 11.5%
The study also found that these women experienced a significant improvement in skin firmness, brightness, and thickness, as well as improvement of their nasolabial folds (the lines that run down from your nose on either side of your mouth). Ultimately, the treatments garnered a 90% satisfaction rate among the participants.
If you’d like to experience these fantastic results for yourself, please give us a call to learn more about skin rejuvenation through PRP injections. Or you can use the online scheduling tool on this website to set up a consultation.