What Can Plasma Do For You?

By: Dr. John J. Martin

Most people hear the word plasma and think of the television in their living room. But medically speaking, plasma is the clear, straw-colored liquid portion of blood that remains after red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and other cellular components are removed. And most recently, the plasma powerhouse has been known to help rejuvenate the skin and assist with hair loss in both men and women. Can you say #winnning!?!?!?!

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy improves complexion and texture of the skin by injecting activated platelet-rich plasma and activated platelet-poor plasma under the dermis to activate dermal fibroblasts. This process produces stimulation of cell growth and collagen to promote tissue remodeling and rejuvenate the skin to refresh its appearance. Platelets have the unique ability to rev up collagen and elastin production, which helps repair skin issues such as, redness, uneven skin tone, and a dull, lifeless complexion. This treatment can be done anywhere on the face and neck and can be combined with other aesthetic treatments like micro needling to reinvigorate cellular turnover and magnify the results to produce a youthful, healthy glow.

Recent studies have also shown how PRP therapy, is being actively used in the treatment of hair loss for men and women. Rich in growth factors and platelets (one of the human body’s most potent mediators of healing), PRP is applied to the scalp in a series of injections after the scalp has been anesthetized into areas of hair thinning to help in the treatment of hair loss. This injection leads to thicker, faster, denser hair growth. The PRP contains growth factors which stimulate the hair follicles which are dormant or aging to get revitalized. We recommend doing three treatments four weeks apart and a touch up at six months and one year. A yearly treatment should always be done to keep the results consistent. Expect to start noticing results at four months, but the ultimate results will take place at the nine month mark.

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