You rarely, if ever, think about your blood. Not, that is, until you experience a treatment that uses your blood to heal and rejuvenate your body. When you experience a PRP treatment, you will gain a whole new understanding of and appreciation for your blood and your body. At Michigan Center For Cosmetic Surgery in Ann Arbor, MI, we offer platelet-rich plasma treatments that can help improve hair growth and rejuvenate your skin.
What Is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma is a concentrated form of platelets that are separated from the human blood. Plasma on its own is liquid blood in its entirety, composed of water and proteins. Platelets are found within the blood and play an important role in causing necessary blood clots. They contain growth factors that allow the body to heal itself naturally. When PRP is extracted and separated from the blood, it can be redistributed to promote health and healing.
PRP therapy is a form of regenerative medicine. In recent years, regenerative medicine has come a long way and many advancements have been made that have allowed patients to heal and rejuvenate simply by using the powers of the human body to accelerate healing and rejuvenate the body. PRP therapy is now used cosmetically to effectively help heal and improve the condition of the skin, and help you achieve thick, long, beautiful hair.
How Does PRP Work?
For PRP therapy to work effectively, there needs to be some type of perceived injury so that the body can effectively use the platelet-rich plasma to heal the treatment area and effectively accomplish the treatment goal. During treatment, you will undergo a standard blood draw. One of our experienced staff members will draw a small amount of your blood that will be used during your treatment. Then, the blood will be placed in a device called a centrifuge.
A centrifuge is a completely sterile machine and its one job is to rotate rapidly. During this rapid rotation, it applies force to the contents in a container, in this case, your blood sample, to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the rest of your blood. Once this separation occurs, the contents are removed and you are ready for your treatment.
What Does It Treat?
PRP is used in both the cosmetic and the medical world. Cosmetically, it is used to help rejuvenate and heal the skin and give it that envy-worthy, healthy glow. It can also be used to improve the health of your scalp and hair, increase hair growth, and help hair grow in areas that have experienced balding and thinning. In the medical world, it is injected and used to help accelerate the healing of injuries including torn or injured muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
When platelet-rich plasma is used on the skin, it can help you look and feel more youthful. It helps decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, heals the skin, and can improve the overall quality and appearance of your skin. Typically, platelet-rich plasma is used as a part of Vampire facials or microneedling treatments.
During these treatments, it is either injected directly into different areas of the face to provide facial rejuvenation in an injectable form, or it is applied during microneedling. Microneedling creates tiny injuries in the surface of the skin and when this substance is applied, it absorbs directly into those micro-channels and immediately begins its healing work.
Platelet-rich plasma is also used for hair restoration. Those who have experienced hair loss, pattern balding, hair thinning or receding, or poor quality hair can benefit from this treatment. Typically, the platelet-rich plasma is injected into different areas of the scalp to stimulate the hair follicles. Over time, your hair begins to grow thicker and longer.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The total number of treatments necessary to see results varies from patient to patient. During your initial consultation, we’ll develop a customized treatment plan and will provide you with the optimal number of treatments necessary to help you reach all of your goals. Most patients benefit from and get the best results from several sessions.
Is It Safe?
The benefit of this treatment is that it is completely safe. Those who undergo treatment don’t have to worry about experiencing an allergic or adverse reaction during or after their treatment because the only ingredient used comes from your body: your blood. Your body knows what to do with the growth factors and beneficial aspects that are isolated within the PRP, which is why it is such a safe and effective treatment that you can undergo without concern.
How Long Does It Take To See Results?
Any treatment that necessitates action from the body to see results requires patience. It takes time for collagen production to increase after skin treatments with platelet-rich plasma, but when you see your results, you’ll realize they were well worth the wait. When you use this treatment to restore your hair, your hair growth will take time, but when you see your results, you’ll be amazed at all that your body is capable of with just a little help.
Am I a Candidate?
If you want to experience all of the restorative and rejuvenating benefits that this treatment has to offer, you are most likely a candidate for this treatment. During your initial consultation with one of our experts, we will discuss your health history as well as your goals and help determine which PRP therapy treatment is right for you and will help reach all of your aesthetic goals.
Taking the First Step
If you’ve tried different skincare treatments and have seen results but want more, this treatment will open your eyes to the powerful abilities that exist within the human body. There are endless healing and rejuvenating qualities and they’re right in your blood; they just need to be activated and we can do just that with this amazing treatment.