PRP injections are used to treat a number of medical conditions because they stimulate your body tissues to regenerate. The injections can help tendonitis, arthritis, sports injuries, acne scars, and even wrinkles. If you're looking for ways to have younger-looking skin, you may want to consider having PRP injections. Here's how these injections work and how they're given by a dermatologist to help with wrinkles.
How PRP Injections Stimulate Regeneration
Platelet-rich plasma is derived from your own blood. Platelets are responsible for helping your blood clot and stimulating healing. Part of the reason the injections help your skin is that they stimulate the production of collagen. It's collagen loss that causes saggy and wrinkly skin as you age.
When you go for PRP injections, the doctor removes some blood from you and makes the platelet-rich plasma right before it's injected by spinning your blood in a centrifuge. Then the platelet-rich plasma can be drawn off. Since the substance in the injection comes from you, there is a low risk of bad side effects.
How PRP Injections Are Given
When you have these injections to treat wrinkles, your dermatologist can take one of two approaches. One is to use a syringe and inject the plasma directly into your skin. The other way is to combine the platelet-rich plasma with microneedling.
Microneedling is a popular cosmetic treatment that also stimulates the production of collagen, so when it's given along with PRP, you get the best possible results. Microneedling is a treatment given with tiny needles that puncture your skin. The treatment is usually given along with using serums on your skin since the punctures help the serum be absorbed.
The treatment usually starts with cleansing your face and then applying a topical anesthetic if it's needed. Then the doctor or practitioner can inject the platelet-rich plasma for your treatment.
How Fast The Treatments Work
PRP injections are not fillers, so you don't see immediate results. Instead, the injections stimulate your skin to start collagen production. It could take several weeks to see the final results. Depending on the condition of your skin, you may need multiple treatments spread out over a few months to achieve the look you want. Since your skin slows down collagen production as you age, you'll probably need follow-up treatments too so your skin stays younger-looking.
PRP injections can help with wrinkles, facial scars, and crepey skin on your face, arms, neck, and upper chest area so you can fight the effects of aging and sun damage. The injections could help you look younger without the need for surgery or other cosmetic treatments.