Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments use elements from your own blood to spur natural healing processes. Learn what PRP actually consists of and the benefits you can expect.

There’s a lot of buzz about the benefits of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments, and for good reason. The minimally invasive treatment is linked with a range of benefits, from minimized pain and enhanced healing from injuries to rejuvenated, more youthful-looking skin.

But what exactly is PRP?

At LA Medical Clinic Inc in Glendale, California, board-certified nurse practitioner Lusine Apikyan. NP, and her team are pleased to provide PRP and microneedling to give you a more vibrant facial appearance.

Let’s take a closer look at PRP, including how it’s made and the benefits it offers your skin.

What PRP is made of

Platelet-rich plasma contains two ingredients from your blood: liquid and platelets. Platelets are a special type of cell that stimulates tissue regeneration and healing in your body.

To create PRP, your provider places a sample of your blood in a centrifuge, a device that spins the blood at high speeds to isolate a concentrated amount of platelets. So PRP is basically your blood plasma that is infused with a higher level of platelets than usual.

How PRP enhances your skin

While we need more research on the cosmetic benefits of PRP and individual results vary, PRP skin treatment aims to stimulate the growth of new, healthy cells within your skin.

We find that PRP paired with microneedling, which promotes collagen and elastin production, brings numerous skin-enhancing perks, such as:

  • A healthy glow
  • Fewer fine lines and wrinkles
  • More collagen and elastin production
  • Smoother, tighter, younger-looking skin

PRP therapy may also improve your scalp health, leading to faster hair growth.

What to expect during PRP with microneedling

During your PRP and microneedling treatment, you rest comfortably in a treatment chair. If you need extra comfort, your provider applies a numbing agent after cleansing the area.

Once the treatment begins, a handheld device moves over your skin, using microneedles to create tiny wounds. Meanwhile, PRP is injected into the treatment area through the tiny needles as well. You can also have PRP treatment without microneedling.

In either case, you can expect your PRP treatment to take roughly 30-60 minutes, and then you can go about your daily activities as usual — no downtime required.

From there, your results unfold gradually over several weeks or months and last for up to 18 months, at which point you may schedule additional treatment.

To learn more about PRP therapy or to get started with your desired treatment, call LA Medical Clinic Inc or book an appointment online on our website today.

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