One’s appearance and looks have been of significant importance in terms or social acceptance for millennia, it is natural that various beauty procedures have been highly popular throughout these years. Still, as science develops further and further, new ways to preserve our youth emerge. One of recent inventions for cosmetology purposes is PRP – platelet-rich plasma therapy.
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What it is
PRP therapy is a recently adapted for cosmetology procedure of rejuvenating skin in order to deal with various issues like acne scars, alopecia, hyperpigmentation etc. Previously used in plastic surgery and dermatology for treatment of scars, wounds, burns and other kinds of skin damage, it is the method of extracting platelets from one’s own blood and their further injecting all along the skin surface that needs enhancement. Before making it to aesthetic medicine, PRP therapy has been widely and successfully used in post-surgery recovery, Platelet-rich plasma then stimulates growth of new tissue, acts as a filler for spaces that need extra volume, thus resulting into elimination of wrinkles, improves elasticity and texture of rejuvenated skin etc.
More specifically, study conducted by Italian scientists on 23 patients who have undergone a series or PRP injections has concluded that platelet-rich plasma significantly improves skin tone (82%, as reported by patients), eradicates wrinkle presence (52%), makes general appearance better (87%) and creates a significant, if not total, increase in satisfaction with the procedure (100% of patients said).
Moreover, the procedure is perfectly safe, because it is one’s own blood platelets derive from, so no rejection of injected cells happens. No allergy reaction develops, too. It is also good from the point of looking naturally afterwards, with no visible signs of procedure left.
Still, PRP treatment has a number of contraindications. Among those are
- cancer and chemotherapy;
- platelet dysfunction syndrome;
- hemodynamic instability;
- acute and chronic infections;
- anticoagulation therapy;
- chronic or pathological lives diseases;
- critical thrombocytopenia;
- skin diseases;
- heavy smoking, drug or/and alcohol consumption, addiction to any of these;
- metabolic and systemic disorders etc.
Consulting a medical professional is mandatory before PRP therapy procedures to ensure its safety and profitability for a person wishing to undertake the treatment.
In addition to the benefits PRP therapy in aesthetic has already shown, scientists believe it may become a basis for a number of highly effective and ‘superior’ therapies in the future, both in cosmetology and regular medical spheres, eventually leading us to more and more advanced technologies of preserving our health, youth and beauty (for those, who prefer to maintain it rather than proceed towards the beauty of older age). Still, it is important to take into account the fact that current evidence we have on PRP therapy is not all-embracing and scientists will present us with more data in conclusions in some time, as we yet have to ensure long-term efficiency and overall safety of such a treatment, especially in a sphere of aesthetic use.
Meanwhile, a responsible and cautious approach towards any beauty procedures should be taken.