Blood does a lot for your body. It carries nutrients and oxygen to your cells, gives your skin a nice, warm look, clots to heal your injuries, and generally keeps you from dying horribly. Blood can also help cure wrinkles, smooth out skin, and give your face a fresh, youthful glow when used properly as part of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.
The reason for this is because, in addition to oxygen and nutrients, blood also contains platelets and growth factors that are used in the healing process. Most of the time, these factors just sit around and only take effect when the body is injured. PRP treatments are based around the idea of taking these growth factors and using them to trick your body’s repair system into filling out wrinkles.
The Subterfuge of PRP
During a PRP session, blood is drawn from the body and spun in a centrifuge (a device used in a lab to separate two substances) to isolate the platelets and growth factors. These are then combined with nutrients and hydrating solutions if needed, and injected into the area around a facial wrinkle. Normally, something like a needle prick wouldn’t muster that strong of a response because it is a small injury that will be mended with little fuss. However, PRP injections are also depositing growth factors and platelets into the area in amounts normally only seen in cases of more severe injury. Your body detects these amounts and, thinking something major has happened, ratchets up its repairs as a result.
As part of this repair process, collagen is produced. Normally, this collagen would mend the wound but in cases of PRP, it has nowhere to go. As a result, the collagen collects and serves as filler, smoothing out wrinkles and restoring elasticity to the skin. Instead of healing a gaping wound, the collagen ends up restoring a youthful vigour to your face.
PRP Is Completely Safe
It is natural to have concerns about a beauty treatment based around deceiving your immune system, but PRP therapy is completely safe. The blood used in the treatment is your own, so your body can’t react to it like an intruder. PRP has no long-term side effects, but in rare occasions you may experience swelling or redness at the injection site for a few days. This is natural and unavoidable, but will pass shortly.
We at the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic pride ourselves on mastering the latest technological and clinical techniques to ensure your skin can stay as young and vibrant as you feel. Our PRP therapies are one of our most popular services and we keep a full-time phlebotomist on staff. This is someone who spends eight hours a day, six days a week drawing, spinning, and injecting PRP blood so you can rest assured that you will get committed, professional results. Contact us by phone at 416-546-4664 or by email at info@AntiAgingToronto.ca for more information.