Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is the latest technology in anti-aging procedures. The treatment uses your own blood to take advantage of your body’s innate natural healing power, and poses no risk of allergic reaction. PRP therapy produces younger, more resilient and glowing skin.
What is PRP?
PRP is short for platelet-rich plasma. It is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets, which stop bleeding and repair damaged blood vessels and cells in the body. Platelets contain substances called growth factors that activate and rejuvenate cells in the body. When released, these growth factors trigger the production of collagen and generation of new capillaries to rejuvenate the skin.
Common PRP treatments
- Restore vision
- Naso-labial creases
- Wrinkles on the lips
- Acne scars
- Wrinkles on the forehead
- Wrinkles on the neck
- Bags and dark circles under the eyes
- Loose and saggy skin
How is PRP done?
The PRP process involves extracting a small amount of your blood. It is then processed in a centrifuge to extract the platelet-rich parts of your blood that stimulate the healing of bone and soft tissue. This platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is then injected through a small needle directly to the areas to be treated, producing more natural and enhanced collagen, which results in smoother, more hydrated and glowing skin.
Benefits of PRP
PRP therapy poses no risk of allergic reaction since it is your own blood. It has the advantage of lasting longer compared with injecting hyaluronic acid and collagen, which are absorbed into the body within a year or less. Other benefits include:
- No need for skin incisions
- Short downtime (most of the swelling usually resolves in a few hours)
- Natural changes in the operative site
- Minimal discomfort
- Gradual natural results begin to show after about two to four weeks
- Three treatment sessions are generally recommended, spaced 1-2 months apart, to achieve the best outcome
- Results can last up to two years
Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) in Costa Rica
If you are interested in Platelet-rich plasma therapy in Costa Rica, please fill out the “Help Me Find a Doctor” form. A participating medical specialist will contact you about your medical needs.