Using your own blood, you can boost your body’s ability to help you look younger. Through the natural healing process, you can boost collagen production, skin tone & texture, and heal more quickly from certain aesthetic treatments.
How PRP is Made
Right inside of the office, we draw a small amount of blood (usually one to three vials), depending on how much PRP Dr. Chang knows is needed. Once the whole blood has been withdrawn, the vials are placed inside of a centrifuge where they will be spun at up to 12,000 rounds per minute (RPMs).
The centrifugal force of the spinning motion causes the heavier elements in the blood to fall to the bottom of the vial, and the lighter elements to rise to the top. What is PRP? Platelet-rich plasma contains the plasma, stem cells, and platelets. These substances rise to the top and can easily be suctioned out using a straw syringe.
Why Plasma is Called “Liquid Gold”
This nickname of “liquid gold” is for good reason; this golden-hued part of the blood contains healing proteins and growth factors that can help your skin repair itself for a more youthful glow.
Gold is a very valuable substance, and so is your plasma. The body’s natural healing “fighters” are concentrated in the plasma, which can then be injected into the skin or brushed over it.
Cosmetic Uses of PRP
Similar to the way commercial fillers are used, your blood plasma can be injected into deep facial wrinkles and creases. Not only does this thick, sticky fluid effectively fill in areas where aging has ravaged the skin, but PRP also ignites the body’s healing mechanisms to “fix” the skin from within.
When PRP is injected into the deep collagen layer, the skin recognizes that an “injury” has taken place. This process jump-starts the recovery process, which revs collagen production into high gear.
Dr. Chang prefers to use PRP where indicated. Sometimes it can be injected alone, while other times it is more effective to use both PRP injections and commercial fillers such as hyaluronic acid.
Platelet-rich plasma is not a quick fix. Because it relies on the body’s healing powers, it takes a period of weeks to months for the full effects to be seen. Fillers can instantly reduce wrinkles and add volume to hollowed areas. PRP, on the other hand, is a longer-term solution to add collagen-rich restructuring to facial areas.
Often, Dr. Chang uses PRP for rejuvenation of the face, neck, and chest. It can also be used to help regrow hair and to reduce sagging in the lower eyelids. After a skin resurfacing procedure, she likes to use PRP topically (immediately after the procedure) to help the body heal more quickly.
With results lasting from about 3 to 12 months, this treatment is a great, natural way to help your skin look and feel more youthful from deep within. Downtime is minimal (usually about 3 days), with minor swelling, tenderness, and light bruising.
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Dr. Aeria Chang is ready to help you look (and feel) your best! Giving clients the confidence to face the world with a smile is what we love doing the most! Our staff is ready to take your call or text: (619) 280-1609.