How Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy Works to Decrease the Look of Crow's Feet, Fine Lines, and Wr

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, PRP facial

Aging is inevitable. You have to accept that, but you don’t have to accept the undesirable effects of aging on your face. Yes — we’re talking fine lines, crow’s feet, and wrinkles. With platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, you can enjoy bright, rejuvenated, youthful skin.

What is PRP therapy?

PRP is developed from your blood. Your blood is made mostly of plasma (the liquid part), but it also contains red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Platelets are fragments of blood cells that have high concentrations of proteins called growth factors.

Dr. Theerathada first takes a small sample of your blood. Then, she spins it in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the other blood cells to create a sample concentrated in growth factors that kickstart the body’s healing process, stimulate cellular repair, and act as signaling molecules between cells.

Dr. Theerathada then injects the PRP back into your face at strategic locations to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines, and wrinkles.

How PRP therapy works in the skin

PRP has been used for decades in clinical settings for sports injuries, wounds, and soft-tissue healing. However, dermatologists and medical aestheticians like Dr. Theerathada now offer a cosmetic version of the procedure.

Common conditions that PRP can treat include:

PRP therapy works to create an overall more radiant complexion. When you receive PRP injections or PRP in combination with microneedling, you can expect to achieve a more youthful appearance with tighter skin, less creasing, and fewer wrinkles.

The way PRP therapy works in the skin is twofold: Growth factors in your blood plasma stimulate cellular repair, and the procedure itself creates microtraumas in your skin to stimulate new collagen production, which is essential for youthful looking skin.

Using your own plasma is an ideal treatment option because it’s natural, and you won’t have any allergic reactions because it’s your body’s own product.

After PRP therapy

Following a PRP treatment session, your skin will be sensitive and vulnerable for a few hours up to a couple days. You should avoid direct sunlight during this time, and you shouldn’t use any products with harsh ingredients (check your face washes and moisturizers). Dr. Theerathada will give you specific post-treatment instructions to follow.  

You should notice improvements to your skin tone and texture within a few weeks following treatment. Keep in mind that the effects of PRP are cumulative: Each treatment builds upon the improvement of the last, and you should come in for touch-ups at least once a year.

If you’re interested in trying PRP therapy to decrease the look of crow’s feet, fine lines, or wrinkles, call Westlake Smile Studio or schedule a consultation online.

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