The effect of scars, especially in places where they’re visible, such as on the face, neck, arms, legs, or hands, is not limited to physical disfigurement. You may also suffer social embarrassment and even psychological trauma, including anxiety or depression.
The psychosocial effects of scars affect every age and gender. Studies indicate that people with a visible disfigurement on their faces are deemed not only unattractive, but may be judged unsympathetically in other ways. Scars may even have a negative impact on employment and social opportunities.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a relatively new treatment to improve the appearance of scars. PRP is made from your own blood that has been remixed to contain a much higher than normal level platelets. Platelets contain growth factors that help in healing wounds. The number of platelets in PRP may be five to 10 times higher than normal.
The growth factors in platelets help promote collagen and elastin, two critical proteins that can help new healthy cells grow in the location of your scar so that it isn’t as visible.
Your blood is drawn by your Biz MedSpa technician and placed in a machine called a centrifuge. It spins to separate out the platelets, which are mixed with some of the liquid portion of your blood to make the PRP. When the mixture is ready, Dr. Lee injects the PRP where your scars are located. It releases a supply of healing proteins to help with healing and activate collagen and elastin formation.
PRP shows much early potential in aiding the healing of scars and other types of injuries. A literature review in the peer-reviewed journal Scars, Burns and Healing concludes that PRP shows promise in reducing the visibility of several types of scars, especially when used in conjunction with laser treatment.
If you had severe acne or a serious case of chickenpox which left you with visible scarring on your face or other parts of your body, you likely want to do everything you can to smooth them away.
Either condition may have created atrophic scars. They can appear as numerous pock-like areas on your skin where the skin is indented with small boxes with defined sides and a bottom. Alternatively, they may look like deep pores. Either way, the scars developed because your skin wasn’t able to produce new tissue there. Research indicates that PRP helps in improving the appearance of atrophic scars.
Another type of scar, a hypertrophic scar, appears as thick skin that’s raised above the level of the surrounding skin. This type of scar comes from some type of trauma to the skin, whether it’s from an accident or a surgical scar, such as from a Caesarean section. Evidence suggests that PRP can aid in wound healing and improve the appearance of hypertrophic scars. When used together with a special type of laser, the color, shape, and texture of the scar improves significantly.
A keloid scar is raised and sometimes wrinkled skin that moves outside of the original wound. It can occur after any type of trauma to the skin. These scars are much more common in dark-skinned individuals. While more research is still needed, studies indicate that PRP may not be as effective on keloid scars as on the other types of scars.
Why wait another day to have smoother, clearer skin with less visible scarring? Call or book an appointment online with us at Biz MedSpa to learn more about how PRP can help improve the appearance of your scars. Call our office in Fremont, California, or click the button to book online.