When it comes to aging, none of it seems appealing. Our metabolism and hormone slows down making us fatter and more tired, our collagen production also slows down leading to lovely wrinkles and cellulite, hmm yeah I would like to not have any of those things happen! So like many of you, I’m doing everything in my power to slow down that process. As a naturopathic doctor, there is a huge variety of amazing treatments and supplements that can help improve your health and really help reverse the signs of aging but for those unfamiliar with naturopathic medicine, it might feel like units of Botox or a facelift are your only options when it comes to combating aging. In this blog, I wanted to introduce one of the many natural treatments that have been proven to actually increase your natural production of collagen and works with your body not against it to help rejuventate your skin and keep you looking fabulous. The first treatment I would like to discuss is PRP.
So what is PRP? PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma and has been used not only for aesthetic procedures but also for pain management treatments. The idea behind PRP is to use the natural components found in your blood, in this case the plasma, to help stimulate your body’s own ability to heal, AKA Anti-Aging Queen. There are many difference ways in which PRP can be used aesthetically including Microneedling Facials as well as underneath the skin using a Microcannula.
What to Expect? A small amount of blood is drawn from you and placed in a sterile tube that is then spun down using a centrifuge. The centrifuge allows the components of your blood to separate. The red and white blood cells are divided from the platelets and the plasma. Once centrifuged, the plasma contains the highest concentration of platelets and is called platelet-rich plasma, PRP. The PRP is then placed or injected back into the skin and acts as a matrix that promotes your own collagen to grow as well as regenerates tissue thus leading to tightening of the skin. This skin tightening helps soften the appearance of wrinkles, creating a smoother skin texture and tone. The procedure itself is quick taking between 15-30 minutes and is relatively painless and requires no post-procedure care or time off. Possible side effects include mild swelling, redness or bruising that typically fade within 1-3 days. The great benefit of using PRP is that because it comes from your blood it reduces your risk of reacting negatively to the procedure. This makes the procedure extremely safe but also very effective.