We’ve been talking about PRP in a number of ways recently. How it effectively translates into enhanced healing by carrying oxygen to targeted injuries that typically see low amounts of blood-flow. Ways it interacts with different tendon injuries. Practical recovery strategies that include the practice, and more. For a primer on PRP injections, click here.
The reality is that in terms of PRP coverage we’ve only scratched the surface, but on that note, a topic we haven’t dug into yet is this: what happens when your skin is exposed to pressure or damage? In a nutshell, the collagen that your skin is made from inherently expands and contracts to preserve itself, but there’s really a lot more going on here.
Similar to the characteristics of an elastic, your skin comes equipped with a pretty interesting function that accounts for why it so rarely tears. Collagen are fibres that are curly when examined, but under stress will straighten, bend, and stretch in order to distribute strain and mitigate damage.
As with any part of our body however, collagen break down over time. Exposure to excessive wear and stretching can also forfeit elasticity and cause permanent damage. As we age, our skin’s ability to produce new collagen lessens, and wrinkles are the result.
Similarly (but perhaps a little more aggressively) acne causes a disruption in how collagen regenerate, and the result is often scarring. This occurs when blemishes stretch the pores to a point where a break occurs. When the body attempts to repair this damage by regrowing collagen, it will sometimes create a healed divide on either side of the tear or lesion, and will almost always leave skin in a less-than-flawless state.
Based on this, the cases for tendon and collagen regrowth in the context of PRP injections are a little different. Where tendons don’t see as much blood flow as the rest of the body, collagen regrowth simply slows as we age, and in the cases of damaging acne can regrow in such a way that scarring occurs. Though the conditions that make PRP injections practical differ, the regenerative effects of the treatment are similar!
By injecting PRP into targeted recovery points including wrinkles, patches under the eyes, and sites of acne damage, the regenerative factors contained within your own plasma’s platelets will restore the skins elasticity by boosting the growth of new collagen, effectively smoothing wrinkles by tightening the skin back to its original state. Similarly, corrective collagen regrowth can mend the damage resulting from tears in your pores, caused by acne.
Among the effects are smoothened wrinkles, repaired acne scars, lessened smile lines, removed stretch marks, and an overall improvement in skin tone and tightening on your face, neck, and hands. To get the conversation started on whether or not PRP is right for you, contact our clinic - we’re happy to answer any questions, or set up a face-to-face consultation!