Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, is the new buzz word being heard around anti-aging clinics and medspas. Why? Because this naturally occurring substance has been shown to reverse many different signs of aging.
From physical signs like wrinkles, scars, or hair loss to internal symptoms like sexual dysfunction or aching joints.
So what exactly is this anti-aging substance and what can it do for you?
Building Blocks of Blood
Let’s go back to our high school biology days and recall what blood is made of.
Plasma is the liquid part of your blood and found floating around in this plasma are:
Red blood cells: responsible for carrying oxygen from your lungs to the cells in the rest of your body
White blood cells: fight infections and help the immune process to keep you healthy
Platelets: help to control bleeding
When discussing PRP and its use for anti-aging treatments, the platelets and the plasma they float around in are the shining stars we want to learn more about.
How do Platelets Help You Heal?
While platelets are primarily known for their ability to clot and help stop bleeding they are also key in contributing to healing wounds and repair tissues, including inflammation, angiogenesis (forming new blood cells), and cell growth & creation.
These roles are the magic piece when it comes to reversing the signs of aging.
As your body ages, the cells and tissues in your body are worn down with time causing physical signs of aging like wrinkles, sagging skin, and hair loss. We also feel the effects of aging internally like joint pain and sexual dysfunction.
By isolating these amazing platelets that are already present in your blood, they can be placed in specific areas of need to promote the regeneration of new cells and tissues. These new cells and tissues allow for what feels like a trip back in time with smoother skin, revitalized hair follicles, or increased blood flow to improve erectile dysfunction - just to name a few.
How do you get PRP?
Your PRP is unique to you since it is pulled from your own blood.
After a simple blood draw, the tubes containing your blood are spun in a centrifuge, separating the red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
The yellow substance containing your platelets, or lovingly referred to as “liquid gold,” is then extracted from the tube and used to heal aged tissues or nerves and promote production of healing agents like elastin and collagen.
What is PRP used for?
Some of the common treatments that PRP is used for are:
Promoting hair growth in areas of hair loss
Erectile dysfunction treatments for men
These treatments are often sought after by patients who are leery of injecting foreign substances into their bodies to achieve anti-aging results. Because PRP is naturally obtained from your own blood, there is a diminished risk of any adverse results or effects.
If you are interested in learning more about any of the procedures that can be used with PRP, schedule your free consultation with a medical professional at Luxe Vitality.
They will discuss your anti-aging goals to determine if this is the best treatment for you.