What to Know About Regenerative Medicine
- Posted on: Aug 30 2018
When it comes to your cosmetic health and overall appearance, you may be a bit ambivalent about introducing foreign toxins and substances to your skin in order to get rid of things like fine lines and wrinkles. And although treatments like Botox and fillers can do wonders for your skin, regenerative medicine is another option that you have.
What Is Regenerative Medicine?
Our bodies are amazing. Whenever we are injured, our body’s natural response is to heal and defend itself. When doctors discovered this about the body, they then asked themselves, “What if we could use this same healing power to help treat cosmetic conditions?” That’s where regenerative medicine for cosmetic reasons came into play.
How Does Regenerative Medicine Work?
For cosmetic purposes, we at West End Plastic Surgery use regenerative medicine techniques like Platelet Rich Plasma to help encourage the growth of newer healthier skin.
What Is PRP?
Platelets are cells in the blood that are rich in proteins and nutrients. When applied to the skin and other parts of the body, platelets can help treat cosmetic concerns. These concerns can include fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. But how do we get the plasma? We will first extract a small amount of blood from your body. Then, we remove the plasma from it (similarly to how they do it at a plasma donation center). After the plasma has been extracted, we apply it to the skin either by itself or in conjunction with microneedling. When used with microneedling, PRP is more readily absorbed and typically more effective.
Schedule a Consultation
Regenerative medicine is taking over all parts of the medical industry both for cosmetic and medical concerns. If you want to learn more about regenerative medicine, schedule a consultation at our Washington D.C. office and call us at 202-785-4187.