PRP Therapy: The Secret to Beautiful Skin Is in Your Blood

At The Effect Lifestyle Practice in Jacksonville, Florida, our team harnesses the power of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy

People have been trying to find the fountain of youth since the dawn of time, but they were looking in the wrong place. It turns out we’ve had the ability to heal ourselves and reverse the signs of aging all along.  

Regenerative medicine focuses on leveraging the naturally occurring healing components in your body to reverse damage and trigger new cell growth. There are several different kinds of regenerative medicine therapies that use different types of healing cells for different purposes. For example, a bone marrow transplant is a form of regenerative medicine that uses the stem cells found in your bone marrow to treat conditions like leukemia and lymphoma.

At The Effect Lifestyle Practice in Jacksonville, Florida, our team harnesses the power of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to turn back the hands of time and restore your youthful appearance naturally.

The power of PRP

Platelet-rich plasma therapy relies on the healing power of specific components found in your blood. 

Your blood contains liquid -- called plasma -- and small cells, like white cells, red cells, and platelets. While platelets are best known for their ability to clot your blood, they also contain growth factors, important proteins that help you heal from injury. PRP therapy concentrates these growth factors to make them 5-10 times greater than average. 

When you inject PRP into an area of your body with damage, these healing components trigger new cell growth and reverse damage. This regenerative therapy is often used to treat a wide range of orthopedic conditions, including tendon injuries and joint problems, like arthritis. 

You can also use PRP topically for cosmetic purposes, injecting it or smoothing it over skin to activate the healing process. 

PRP and skin damage

PRP therapy uses the healing substances found in your blood to do a special kind of facial. We might recommend PRP to address several cosmetic issues, such as:

When used as an aesthetic treatment, we recommend combining PRP treatments with microneedling to provide the best results.

What to expect from PRP skin treatments

During your appointment, we draw your blood to create your PRP solution. While we process the blood sample in a centrifuge, we perform your microneedling session.

Microneedling is a minimally invasive skin treatment that uses a device with tiny, sterile needles that penetrate deep into your skin to make micro-injuries, which activates the healing process. In response, your system starts producing more collagen and elastin -- the substances that give your skin its plump and youthful appearance -- in the treatment area.

After we finish your microneedling treatment, we massage your PRP solution into your skin. This step allows the growth factors in your PRP to penetrate deep into the tiny micro-punctures in your skin so it can jumpstart the healing process even more.

There’s usually no downtime with microneedling with PRP, although you may notice mild swelling, bruising, or pain after your appointment. This is normal, as PRP activates the healing process in the treatment site, which triggers inflammation. To reduce your risks of swelling and bruising, we recommend avoiding vigorous exercise for at least 72 hours. 

In most cases, you can see maximum results from your treatment within a few weeks or months as new tissue returns in the area. 

To see how PRP therapy can restore your youthful appearance, call us at The Effect Lifestyle Practice or schedule an appointment online today.

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