You've probably heard about Botox and its ability to tighten your skin and make you look great. Botox is a drug that gets its name from the botulism toxin. When you inject it into your skin, it removes wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the muscles under the skin. Sounds creepy and scary to me. But it seems to work for most people. However, I'm always looking for better, healthier ways to accomplish what drugs do. And I've found a great way to tighten your skin without drugs.
A few weeks ago, I told you about PRP, which stands for platelet rich plasma. If you remember, this treatment involves taking some of your own blood, spinning it in a centrifuge, and separating out the platelets from the blood. These separated platelets are very concentrated and have an amazing ability to heal tissue. It can help regrow, fix, and revitalize damaged tissue.
I've seen PRP used in a number of different treatments. It can work miracles on your joints, helping rebuild arthritic knees, shoulders, and backs. It also helps with surgery, which I experienced firsthand when I had my wisdom teeth removed. And it even can help restore your skin.
After a PRP practitioner separates the platelets in the centrifuge, they can draw them up in a syringe and place them on the skin or inject the platelets into the skin. What happens next is nothing short of a miracle. The platelets begin work immediately to heal and rejuvenate the tissue.
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Most people feel the skin tighten before they leave the office. However, the bulk of the difference occurs over time. The skin slowly becomes noticeably smoother, with wrinkles disappearing. Unlike Botox, which wears off in three to six months, and Dermal Fillers, which wear off over the course of a year, PRP changes happen slowly and can last for up to two years. Many people like the slow change, as it's not as noticeable to others. So you gradually look healthier and much younger.
PRP has many growth factors and cytokines. These pull your body's own stem cells into the area, which adds to the rejuvenation of the tissue. It makes PRP an extremely healthy, inexpensive, and long-lasting treatment for many skin conditions, including wrinkles, acne scars, body scars, stretch marks, and other blemishes. What's more, PRP uses your own platelets, so it's completely safe.
So if you're looking for better looking and healthier skin, PRP could be a great option for you. The nutrients contained in your own blood can work miracles. You can find a PRP practitioner near you simply by searching for PRP on the Internet. It's becoming a more widely used treatment, so finding a doctor shouldn't be too difficult. Many of the doctors at acam.org use PRP, so you can start by searching their listings.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening, ND.