Are you looking to give your complexion a healthy, natural boost without relying on harsh chemicals or surgery? At Optimal Health and Wellness in Pasadena, CA, we offer a range of services to help clients find the right fit for them. For skin health, you may want to consider a PRP facial treatment. This treatment is rapidly growing in popularity due to its effectiveness and its benefits.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a PRP Facial Treatment?
Meeting Your Needs
Since this treatment can be used for all skin tones and a huge range of skin needs, many patients will find it to be a good fit. A PRP facial treatment can improve pigmentation or skin texture issues, fine lines, and wrinkles. So, if you’re in generally good health and have some skin issues you’d like to improve, we welcome you to meet us for a consultation.
Even though this is a versatile treatment, a consultation is still the best way to know for sure if this is the right choice for you. Not only can we talk about what you want out of your treatment so we can meet your expectations, but we’ll look at your skin health and needs. Pairing you with the right solution is our priority.
What Are PRP Facial Treatment Used For?
Sometimes patients know exactly what they want to improve when it comes to their facial health. Other times, they can tell that age has impacted their skin but can’t quite put their finger on it. PRP is full of nutrients that support skin health, so it’s great at encouraging a healthy, youthful glow.
Lines and Laxity
The dreaded wrinkles can’t be avoided forever. Eventually, we all have to deal with fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity. It’s just a part of the aging process. The good news is, there are things we can do to help improve the appearance of these lines and wrinkles, and PRP is one of them. Since it has the ability to boost collagen, it can firm up the skin and reduce the appearance of laxity.
On warm, clear days, many people look forward to spending time outside to soak up the sun. Warm sun on the skin can feel amazing, but if we’re not careful to protect our skin, it can pay the price later on. Sun damage can lead to premature aging and is associated with skin texture issues, uneven pigmentation, and wrinkle development.
If you’ve noticed some of these signs, PRP could be a good option. Rather than just covering up the issue, PRP actually encourages healing. By helping your skin produce new, healthy cells, you can undo some of that sun damage.
This condition can be genetic, age-related, or triggered by sun damage. It involves patches of skin that are a different tone than the rest of the skin. It can also cause the skin to be less smooth. PRP can help even out skin tone and texture at the same time.
Acne tends to be at its worst during puberty. During this time, many people dream of reaching an age where they have smooth, flawless skin. Unfortunately, even if acne settles down in adulthood it can leave lasting scars. Stretch marks are similar in that they can pop up during growth spurts or pregnancy and may not fade as much as a patient wants them to.
PRP can help through skin regeneration. Each treatment should help the scar continue to fade. With acne scars, this is particularly helpful, since it can improve the visible tone difference in the scar, as well as even out texture.
Sometimes the skin under the eyes can look tired even when we’re well-rested. Patients who want to be more confident without relying on makeup can seek out PRP to firm up this area. Collagen helps smooth out and tighten, which can help create a more alert appearance.
What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Understanding the Treatment
Having a good idea of how PRP works can help a patient choose the right treatment for their goals. Our blood contains nutrients and proteins. The platelets contained in our blood are like first responders; any time you receive an injury, platelets call in reinforcements and encourage healing.
When a small sample of the patient’s blood is processed, their PRP, which is platelet-rich plasma, can be isolated. Chock full of platelets, this solution can be reintroduced to the body through an injection, or through microneedling. This helps heal your skin from the inside out, on a cellular level. Of course, only the patient’s own blood is used for their treatment, which makes it very safe.
What To Expect
The first step of the treatment is to draw some of your blood; this is what will be processed to make PRP. Once the samples are placed into a centrifuge, motion is used to separate the blood into various layers so we can draw up the “liquid gold” PRP layer.
Injections can be used to deliver the solution right into the areas that need it the most. Microneedling is another very effective way to deliver PRP, as microneedling can spread it across the face, into the skin, and clear out your pores at the same time.
While PRP is pretty powerful on its own, we take things a step further by combining PRP with ozone. This helps activate PRP’s growth factors and improves its ability to release oxygen throughout the skin. This approach basically helps boost all the benefits PRP already has.
You may be wondering how many treatments you’ll need or when to seek out a follow-up appointment. Since this really depends on the issues you’re treating, we’ll be able to answer you more specifically once we understand your needs. Some patients just want to pamper their skin and are happy with a single treatment. Patients who want to stay on top of their results may come in twice a year to top off their benefits.
As for a treatment series, this may be a good idea for issues like acne scars, texture issues, or more pronounced lines and wrinkles. It also depends on how dramatic you want your results to be. A series can really help give your skin a powerful boost before you move on to the occasional maintenance treatment.
What Are the Benefits of PRP?
There are so many benefits a PRP facial treatment can offer that it’s difficult to list them all. It can boost your skin’s natural collagen production, improve cellular growth, increase healthy hair growth, and even help with tissue repair.
When it was discovered that PRP was effective in helping athletes recover from their injuries, it eventually got adopted as a cosmetic treatment. This is why PRP can now be added to facials. Clients can enjoy improving fine lines, wrinkles, and a range of other skin concerns without having to put themselves through more invasive treatments.
Some patients are allergic to certain cosmetic injectables, which makes a natural treatment very appealing. PRP is sourced from your own blood, so the body tends to readily recognize and accept PRP treatment. It can also be a relief for patients to know that this treatment does not produce artificial-looking results.
While many injectables, especially when administered by a skilled team, can produce wonderful effects, PRP is unique since it works with the body. The results look natural because they rely on your body’s natural healing and regenerative process.
While the idea of a facelift can be appealing due to the dramatic results they can produce, not everyone is ready for that kind of surgery. Facelift surgery tends to be expensive, and requires a lot of downtime and recovery that many patients aren’t too excited about.
PRP uses a series of gentle injections. There are no incisions or scars to worry about and no required recovery time. This gentle approach means that PRP is often a better fit for a wide variety of patients.
When patients look into their options, they may find that certain areas are difficult to treat. For instance, the skin around our eyes tends to be thin and sensitive, so picking the right injectable to use can be tricky. Some patients also have sensitive skin in general and need to make sure their cosmetics have a good chance of helping them without being too irritating.
PRP is very flexible. While meeting with you will help us give you more personalized information, this treatment can generally be used in a wide range of areas, including around more delicate skin.
We’re Ready for Your Questions
We know how crucial it is to feel confident about your treatment, which is why we want you to feel comfortable bringing us your questions. A consultation is the best way to do that since we can go over your needs, goals, and concerns all at the same time in the comfort of our office. Contact us at Optimal Health and Wellness in Pasadena, CA, today to set up your consultation.