After a year of rarely socializing and spending more time than ever at home, people have a renewed interest in wanting to look their best as they return to offices, restaurants, and gatherings with friends and family. That includes women and men ramping up skin care at our Portland, OR, practice with med spa treatments and professional-grade products.
Some of the most effective of these anti-aging treatment options include microneedling using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and platelet-rich fibrin matrix (PRFM) to reduce wrinkling and enhance your complexion.
What Are PRP and PRFM?
Both PRP and PRFM are techniques that use the platelets from a patient’s own blood to boost the body’s natural healing response. PRP has long been associated with helping athletes heal after sustaining an injury. These healing serums are also effective for creating smoother skin texture and minimizing signs of aging when they’re combined with treatments such as microneedling.
Both PRP and PRFM use the growth factors and cells found in your own blood to nurture more youthful-looking skin by promoting the growth of new collagen. To produce either PRP or PRFM, we first draw blood and then spin it in a centrifuge to remove impurities and concentrate the platelets and fibrin separately.
PRFM is the next generation of PRP that includes white cells, growth factors, and stem cells, along with the platelets. This is possible because the blood is spun in the centrifuge at a much slower speed than is done with PRP.
Combining Microneedling With PRP or PRFM
Microneedling is an ideal treatment to combine with either PRP or PRFM. Why? Because microneedling creates tiny wounds in the skin’s surface, which triggers the body’s natural healing process. Applying PRP or PRFM immediately after a microneedling treatment enables the skin to more efficiently absorb the plasma, which in turn boosts the skin’s repair. This is one of the most popular treatment combinations we offer.
Extending Results With Daily Skin Care
Our extensive menu of med spa services offers treatments for just about anyone. Combining those in-office procedures with the prescription-only skincare products you use as part of your daily regimen can enhance and extend your results. You can buy these quality products from ZO®, SkinMedica®, and others online or when you visit us. Check our website often for monthly specials.
It’s important to remember that med spa treatments are only as safe and effective as the person performing them. Martha, our Advanced Esthetician, performs free skincare evaluations and creates customized plans for our patients. Our board-certified plastic surgeons and a team of medical professionals, including certified aestheticians, registered nurses, and physician assistants, all ensure you get the best care in a comfortable and safe environment.