If you are one of the countless people looking to improve your skin’s appearance by eradicating imperfections once and for all, you’re probably overwhelmed by the sheer amount of services available to you. Many of these treatments use synthetic substances, so why not choose a treatment option that sets itself apart by using the power of your own body? Here at Optimal Health and Wellness in Pasadena, CA, we offer just what you’re looking for in our PRP facial treatments.
How Exactly Does a PRP Facial Work?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. This treatment involves drawing a small sample of the patient’s blood, no more than would be extracted for a blood work vial, and placing it into a specialized machine called a centrifuge for the purpose of separating the different components of the blood. This centrifuge works by spinning the vial at high speeds in order to separate out the valuable platelets.
Once the blood is separated, the plasma is reintroduced via microneedling into the patient’s body. To give your body an extra boost, we mix a proprietary blend of important vitamins and amino acids in with the plasma. We also combine ozone with the PRP mixture for additional oxygenation that further enhances the healing benefits you’ll receive. From there, your body does the healing work on its own through natural processes.
Why Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Our bodies have complex mechanisms that are always at work as we live out our lives, and one of these mechanisms involves specialized blood cells that consist of platelets and plasma. These cells play crucial healing roles in the body and have a plethora of necessary abilities such as clotting, cellular reproduction, and tissue regeneration.
When the platelets are separated out, concentrated within the patient’s plasma, and injected back into the patient, they allow for localized healing that will always be compatible with the patient’s body.
What Happens in the Body After Injection?
Since the platelet-rich plasma is already familiar with the patient’s body, it goes right to work initiating the body’s natural healing processes and amplifying them for faster recovery times. Once they arrive at the targeted area, the plasma cells attract other important healing cells such as stem cells. Together, these specialized cells work to improve healing abilities, reduce inflammation, and enhance tissue strength and quality.
While these processes are taking place, the platelet-rich plasma will command faster cellular turnover and more abundant collagen production. To the patient, this will appear as faster healing, a significant reduction in pain, stronger and healthier tissues, and better skin elasticity with no lines or wrinkles.
Why Choose This Particular Treatment?
The biggest reason patients choose to undergo PRP rather than other rival anti-aging treatments is the inherent safety of the methods used. The risk of a patient’s body rejecting foreign substances is inevitable when it comes to any treatment that uses synthetics as the main ingredient. With a platelet-rich plasma facial, that concern is nonexistent because the main active ingredient comes from your own blood. This is also why the treatment is sometimes referred to as the vampire facial.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Facial Benefits
The number-one reason patients love this treatment is its impressive results in combating skin laxity. Since the main cause of wrinkles is a lack of ample collagen production, it makes sense that PRP treatments can effectively solve this issue. A lesser-known benefit of this treatment is the eradication of new and old blemishes, acne, and acne scarring.
Because of the nature of platelet-rich plasma, a facial is a great way to improve your complexion overall from small lines and wrinkles all the way to deep scars. Those who suffer from skin conditions such as rosacea and can’t seem to fix the ailment even with dieting or topical treatments can find relief in PRP sessions.
Your PRP Facial Treatment Session
What Should I Know About Candidacy?
The ideal candidate is someone who is looking to improve their skin’s texture and appearance by getting rid of wrinkles or scars. Good candidates are looking for non-surgical alternatives to anti-aging procedures and are enthusiastic about non-synthetic treatment options that rely primarily on the body’s normal processes.
The vast majority of individuals qualify for this treatment, but circumstances such as certain medical conditions can exempt a patient from candidacy due to safety. Some examples of exemptions include those with clotting problems, those with abnormally high or low platelet counts, those with active acne breakouts or skin infections, and those with a history of poor wound healing. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should wait to receive treatment until their child is no longer nursing.
What Is the Recovery Like?
Since the treatment primarily uses microneedling, it’s as minimally invasive as a treatment can possibly be. Because of this, patients can go right back to their regularly scheduled day after their appointment. Some of our patients schedule their appointments for mid-day and have no problems returning to work!
Is There Any Way To Extend My Results?
For your unique set of circumstances, we will go over what you can do to make the most of your specific results. Generally speaking, however, you can make a habit of gently washing your skin regularly with lukewarm water and skincare products without dyes, perfumes, or other irritants. You should also make it a priority to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, especially during the hottest parts of the day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If going out in the sun is inevitable, use a full-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 or above, and cover yourself with a wide-brimmed hat. If you are a current smoker, make efforts to cease the habit. There is no limit to the damage smoking can do to your body, but cigarettes especially take a toll on your skin. Smoking destroys healthy collagen and elastin while creating an environment that makes it difficult for these important proteins to thrive.
Harness Your Own Healing Powers
With a treatment that can solve so many different ailments, uses an active ingredient derived from the body’s own blood rather than foreign substances, and is safe for virtually anyone, you can’t go wrong with choosing the PRP facial. If you’re ready to harness the power of your body’s own natural healing processes and benefit from a rejuvenated appearance, contact us at Optimal Health and Wellness in Pasadena, CA.