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Your blood holds a wealth of information. From a simple drop of blood, we can now determine your heritage, your predispositions to certain ailments, and even the migratory patterns of your distant ancestors. But beyond the data your blood contains, there are other advantages to harnessing the properties within the plasma itself.
A new field of cosmetic and aesthetic treatments has taken hold in medspas and day spas around the world. Called “regenerative medicine,” this branch of treatment relies on naturally occurring biological materials to smooth wrinkles, tighten skin, eliminate blemishes, and so much more.
Enter: Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections
At ALo Medical in Eustis, FL, we make the most of every existing technology and methodology to improve the lives of our patients. Among regenerative medicine’s shining stars, you’ll find platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. Also called “vampire facials,” these targeted injections work wonders with little more than your own blood and a simple microneedling appointment.
But what is PRP? Is it safe? Is it effective? Where can it be used and how? We cover these questions and more at ALo Medical—where science meets art and art meets science!
Frequently Asked Questions about PRP
What is plasma?
When you think about the blood pumping through your veins, you mostly think about red blood cells with a few white cells floating alongside. But in fact, over half of the blood in your body is made up of plasma. Plasma itself is mostly water with minerals and proteins mixed in. It delivers electrolytes throughout the body, aids in clotting, supports healing, and maintains blood pressure.
What is platelet-rich plasma?
In addition to plasma, your blood also contains platelets. When you’re cut or bruised, these platelets leap into action, clotting and healing that damage. By extracting and condensing blood, trained aestheticians and physicians can create platelet-rich plasma—a serum containing 500% the amount of platelets you may find in a normal sample. These platelets can then be used to heal damage wherever it’s found, including photoaging, blemishes, and wrinkles on the face, neck, hands, decolletage, and elsewhere.
How is platelet-rich plasma made?
PRP treatments start with a simple blood draw. Once we have the amount of blood we need, we spin it at high speeds in a medical centrifuge. This separates the plasma from the blood cells and condenses the mixture so that it contains up to 500% the amount of platelets typically found in a similarly-sized sample. This is the PRP serum that we’ll use as an injection or as a topical solution when combined with microneedling.
What can PRP do?
Because platelets support skin, encourage healing, and contain vital proteins and minerals, a PRP serum can be used to treat anything from unhealed acne scars to loose skin. When injected, PRP provides incredible benefits, especially for sexual wellness.
As a topical solution, and when combined with microneedling, PRP serum can tighten skin and reduce the visible impact of wrinkles or fine lines. It can also reduce or eliminate sun damage (photoaging), improve skin texture, and reduce many of the common signs of aging.
Are PRP injections painful?
Not typically. After a blood draw, the treated serum is simply reinjected into the target area—a matter of a few seconds and a small pinch. Even when combined with microneedling, PRP treatments are comfortable for the vast majority of patients. When needed, a topical numbing cream may also be applied to reduce discomfort even further. Depending on your comfort with needles, the PRP treatment process may be more or less tolerable for you.
How long until I see results from my PRP treatment?
On average, patients notice a visible difference within two to six weeks. Naturally, this depends on the method of treatment (injection, microneedling) and the desired results. Because PRP is a regenerative medical technique, the active ingredients are already keyed to your physiology, ensuring rapid and enduring results that include tighter skin, fewer fine lines/wrinkles, fewer blemishes, and greater elasticity and texture in the treatment area.
How long do PRP results last?
Depending on your goals and the number of treatments you receive, you may enjoy the benefits of PRP for anywhere from three months to a year or more. During your consultation at ALo Medical in Eustis, FL, we’ll discuss your goals and the number or types of treatments it will take to achieve them.
PRP – The Future of Facial Skin Care Technology
Unlike synthetic implants, dermal fillers, or surgery, PRP injections and PRP + microneedling rely predominantly on your own, natural, skin-boosting substances. Thanks to recent advances in aesthetic technology, the field of regenerative medicine is expanding to include cosmetic concerns of nearly every variety. Safer, more affordable, and less traumatic than surgical interventions, PRP treatments at ALo Medical can make the difference you want to see without the downsides.
Harness the Healing Power of your Own Blood! Contact ALo Today!
For some of us, a serum made of our own blood can be off-putting. But when compared to synthetic implants or drastic surgical procedures, PRP and other forms of regenerative medicine are ostensibly kinder and more organic than most widely-accepted alternatives. When compared to the $10,000 cost of a facelift or the weeks of recovery that procedure entails, a quick, simple treatment option requiring little more than a blood draw starts to look like the obvious choice. To learn more about PRP, contact us or schedule your appointment today!