As we age, we expect to see the signs of aging all over: dull, tired-looking skin that’s suffering from fine lines and blemishes, and a loss of hair. But now there is a range of treatments available that can be used on both the skin and hair to fight the signs of aging. These treatments involve using PRP (platelet-rich plasma) or PRF (platelet-rich fibrin). Here at Simply.Aesthetics in Manasquan, NJ, we offer microneedling With PRP, microneedling With PRF, PRP hair restoration, and a plasma facial.
Platelet-Rich Plasma & Platelet-Rich Fibrin: Plasma Facial, Microneedling With PRP, Microneedling With PRF, PRP Hair Restoration, PRF Hair Restoration
What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Platelets are cells in your blood that are essential for clotting. Plasma is the liquid portion of your blood that contains these platelets. This product is a concentration of these platelets and factors that can be injected into an area to promote healing. It has been used therapeutically for over 20 years, but it has only recently gained popularity in the aesthetic medicine field where it’s used to treat things like wrinkles and fine lines. Injections can also stimulate hair growth and help to regrow thinning hair.
What Is Platelet-Rich Fibrin?
PRF is also a blood-clotting product that contains high concentrations of platelets, but it retains other growth factors like stem cells and, as the name would suggest, fibrin. It is used to promote healing and tissue regeneration. After it’s been made, the gel is injected into the site of treatment. The platelets and growth factors in the compound stimulate the body’s natural healing process, accelerating wound healing and tissue regeneration.
What Do They Have in Common?
These are both components of the blood that can be isolated and used for various purposes in medicine, and both are created by taking a small sample of blood from the patient and spinning it in a centrifuge. This separates the different blood components, including the red blood cells, plasma, and platelets. PRF is a matrix that forms when PRP is placed in a centrifuge and can be used to create an environment that promotes healing.
They are both effective in skin rejuvenation and hair restoration because they are rich in growth factors, which are proteins that stimulate cell growth and regeneration. They are found in abundance in young cells, but their levels decline with age. This is one of the reasons why hair loss and coarse, dull skin is more common in older adults. By injecting this treatment into the scalp, the growth factors can stimulate the hair follicles to enter into the growth phase and produce new hair.
What Are Some Other Reasons My Skin Is Looking Dull and Tired?
It’s common knowledge that growth factors like collagen and elastin decline with age, but what’s less known is that lifestyle factors can speed up this decline. Things like a poor diet, excessive drinking and smoking, a lack of sleep, fluctuating weight, sun damage, and air pollution can all cause the skin to show signs of aging quicker. This is why we don’t prescribe one “right age” to come in for these treatments, but instead encourage anyone struggling with these skin concerns to come in for a consultation.
What Treatments Work To Combat These Things?
This is a type of cosmetic treatment that uses plasma – ionized gas that contains electrons – to improve the appearance of the skin. It can be used to treat a variety of concerns, including wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, and pigmentation issues. During treatment, a technician uses a device to deliver plasma to the surface of the skin. The plasma then penetrates the skin and helps to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. This results in firmer, smoother, and more youthful-looking skin.
Microneedling With PRP & Microneedling With PRF
This is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses fine needles to create tiny punctures in the skin. These “micro-injuries” kickstart the body’s healing processes, stimulating the release of growth factors and promoting the production of collagen and elastin. This means your skin will create new, younger-looking cells while simultaneously becoming firmer and more supple thanks to the collagen and elastin. The results include fewer fine lines, a more even skin tone, a reduction in scars, blemishes and dark spots, and more lifted skin.
When combined with products made of plasma and fibrin, this treatment can boast even more striking results. After the tiny punctures have been made, the compound is put inside them, sending it below the skin’s surface and further aiding in the healing process. It’s an excellent way to receive the benefits of two types of treatment at once while avoiding the invasiveness of larger needles. Treatment is usually done as a series of sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Most people see significant improvements after 3-5 sessions.
What Causes Hair Loss?
One of the most common reasons for hair loss is genetic female pattern baldness, which affects around 30 million women in the United States alone. This type of hair loss is typically characterized by a gradual thinning of the hair over time, often starting around menopause. In men, over 50% of men over 50 in the US will experience male pattern baldness. Other common causes of hair loss include alopecia areata (an autoimmune condition that causes patchy hair loss), stress, thyroid problems, and certain medications.
How Can These Treatments Help With Hair Loss?
In the same way that compounds derived from blood can boost the body’s production of new skin cells, they also can help create new hair follicles. During treatment, the product can be injected into the areas where hair loss has occurred, either using a needle or using a microneedling device to create a series of punctures. The growth factors can stimulate the hair follicles to enter into the growth phase and produce new hair. Patients often see noticeable results after a few sessions.
Who Is a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
A good candidate for skin rejuvenating treatments is someone who is looking to improve the overall appearance of their skin, including reducing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, age spots, and evening out skin tone and texture. Anyone struggling with hair loss, whether all over or in patches, may seek out hair-restoring treatments. As long as you’re over 18, we invite any candidate regardless of age, gender, or skin tone.
Enjoy Brighter Skin and Hair Restoration
The above therapies, involving PRP and PRF, can be used to effectively rejuvenate the skin and give patients a more youthful glow. They can also treat hair loss. Each therapy has its own unique benefits, so it is important to consult with a specialist here at Simply.Aesthetics in Manasquan, NJ, to determine which therapy is right for you. We will design a treatment plan tailored to your aesthetic concerns to achieve specific results.