Your Short and Sweet Guide to Platelet Rich Plasma

Not many have heard of Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP and may assume, due to its name, that it is a sort of medical product. They are partially right as PRP did develop in the medical world, but is now being used for cosmetic purposes as well.

If you’re still wondering what PRP really is, and what it can do to benefit your health and beauty, read on.


What is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma is basically a component of human blood that is rich in proteins, antibodies and more. Plasma is separated from the rest of the components in your blood by process called ‘centrifugation’.


How is PRP used for medical purposes?

PRP is used in the form of injections to help people with arthritis. PRP for arthritis uses the natural cellular components in the plasma to promote the healing of torn and damaged ligaments, tendons, cartilage, muscles and more.

Apart from arthritis, PRP is also used for conditions such as Achilles tendonitis and torn ligaments. It has also been shown to speed up the healing of post surgical wounds and fractured bones.


How is PRP used in cosmetics?

Due to the properties of PRP which is has plenty of cell rejuvenating elements, it has been used to promote cell growth, especially on the face. It has been used to treat dark circles, wrinkles, sagging skin, and dark skin tones.


What is the PRP procedure like?

The PRP used in cosmetic treatment will come from your own blood and this is important as only your own platelets and plasma will be able to recognize and improve your own cells. Depending on the area that needs to be covered, about 10 to 30 milliliters of blood will be drawn and then the plasma extracted and applied to your skin.


Are there any side effects from using PRP?

It is normal for the area on which PRP is used to experience some swelling, redness or heat and this is normal. It isn’t permanent and is caused by the platelet activation. It should disappear within several days.


How fast does PRP work?

You should begin seeing positive results on your skin within a month or two after beginning PRP treatment.

Science and technology opens an entire host of possibilities for skin treatment which are both effective and safe, and it’s definitely worth a try.

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