The search for the proverbial Fountain of Youth is almost as old as humankind, prompting people to travel to the ends of the Earth in the search for eternal youth. What if the key lay right under our own noses, inside our own bodies? While we may not have found immortality, scientists are discovering that regenerative powers exist within our bodies that encourage rebuilding and repairing on a cellular level. They just need a little redirection.
At Marina Medispa, we pride ourselves on offering the latest, cutting-edge tools to combat aging, and we’re particularly excited about platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Using PRP, we’ve helped many of our clients in Edgewater, New Jersey, look as young as they feel. Here’s a look at how this all-natural treatment can give you younger-looking skin.
Inside and out
First, let’s take a look at the forces you’re battling. When it comes to your skin, there are two ways that the passing years take their toll.
In the first, you’re facing a formidable foe in intrinsic aging. Intrinsic aging describes the natural decline in your skin’s function, which is fueled by a loss of collagen and elastin as you age. This loss is perfectly natural as your body winds down production of these structural proteins, which provide elasticity and tone for your skin. Unfortunately for women, this loss is especially marked as they pass through menopause, while men experience a much more gradual decline.
The second component is extrinsic aging, which describes the forces that come at your skin from the outside. In its role as protector, your skin undergoes a fair amount of abuse, shielding you from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays and exposure to toxins, and this abuse becomes increasingly clear as the years go by. If you add in habits like smoking, your skin is no longer able to keep up with the damage, leaving you with blemishes, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, to name just a few of the problems.
The end result is that your skin ages from the inside out and the outside in, making finding an anti-aging solution difficult, but not impossible.
The power within
PRP therapy first gained acceptance in the medical world when orthopedists turned to the hundreds of growth factors, or proteins, in your platelets to help heal soft-tissue injuries. Not long after, the cosmetic world recognized the potential of this regenerative medicine to encourage healthy new skin growth.
With PRP therapy, we draw some of your own blood and separate out the platelets in a centrifuge, creating a concentrate that’s five to 10 times higher. After we mix this concentrate back in with your plasma, we inject the PRP into areas around your face and neck that need a little regenerative boost.
Once inside, the growth factors are slowly released, signaling cell renewal. Along with a proliferation of new cell growth, your collagen answers the call with renewed production.
The end result is that your skin rebuilds and repairs itself from the inside out, leaving you with younger-looking skin. Since PRP therapy uses your own blood, your body readily accepts the treatment. The PRP treatment takes only an hour, and your results are gradual as your body goes to work creating newer, healthier cells.
If you’d like to explore how PRP therapy can breathe new life into your aging skin, please give us a call or use the online scheduling tool on this website to book an appointment.