Regrettably, aging isn’t just a state of mind. The whole body goes with it. Your face folds, your decollate drops, and your hands get rippled and ropey. Fortunately, there’s PRP Microneedling for all those crepey skin needs.
OOPS, THERE GOES THE COLLAGEN
Why, oh, why does it have to happen, you wonder. A primary culprit is collagen. Or rather, the lack of it. Collagen is a protein within your body that gives your skin structure. It provides stretchiness or elasticity so you can move easily. Your skin is similar to a rubber band. If that rubber band stretches or moves too much, the rubber band becomes loose and loses its ability to snap back to its normal size and shape. When your body’s cells age, their ability to produce proteins slows down. This makes it more difficult for your rubber band to snap back to its original shape, which causes wrinkles. PRP Microneedling can plump it up.
FROWN LINES, LAUGH LINES…NOTHING TO LAUGH ABOUT
While wrinkles can occur on the neck, chest, forearms, and other parts of the body, most are found on the face. There are dynamic wrinkles that show when you make facial expressions but then disappear shortly after, and static wrinkles that are visible even when you are not making expressions. Dynamic wrinkles often become static wrinkles over time. And speaking of time, those rotten wrinkles (rhytides) can start popping up as soon as in your twenties. When you’re 20, you’ll start seeing horizontal forehead lines. These appear on the mid-to-upper forehead and are caused by habitually raising the eyebrows. They are sometimes called worry lines. (Who wouldn’t worry about them?) In your thirties, you start to see more lines due to longer time in the sun and squinting. This is when the dreaded crow’s feet start to fly in. Sun damage and frequent squinting (from not wearing sunglasses while in strong light) hasten the appearance of these lines. Other lines that can start appearing? Smile lines or marionette lines that form on the sides of the mouth. During your forties, lines become deeper and (if never treated) get accentuated by accompanying skin laxity. Finally, in the fifties, frown lines, lines that start to appear around the mouth from smiling, talking, and laughing. However, one thing that’s safe to smile about is PRP Microneedling.
CREPEY SKIN; IT’S NEVER A GOOD LOOK
For those who aren’t familiar with the term, crepey skin is pretty much what the name suggests. The best way to describe this phenomenon is to talk about crepe paper. Do you remember that thin and wrinkly paper used in a lot of art classes from your childhood? That’s what’s commonly known as crepe paper. It’s exactly based on the appearance and qualities of crepe paper that crepey skin was named specifically after. As you age, your skin produces less oil than it did when you were younger. These oils create an important lipid barrier that protects your skin and helps seal in moisture. Hormonal changes can also lead to drier skin and less natural oil production. Dryness for any reason can cause crepey skin. It might also feel saggy or loose. Time to look to PRP Microneedling.
WHEN AGING GRABS YOU BY THE NECK
Having crepey neck skin is quite high on the list of skin-related nightmares associated with aging. Your neck actually ages faster than your face, and nothing gives away your age faster than saggy skin. Why does the neck age faster? While there are many causes of crepey neck skin, including aging, hormonal changes, dehydration, weight loss, using tobacco, and even stress, the main reason people develop crepey neck skin is prolonged or excessive exposure to sunlight. Couple this with the constant movement of the neck twisting and turning, and you have a great recipe for ‘turkey’ neck! Gobble that up. We wouldn’t be sticking our neck out to say PRP Microneedling can make a real difference.
FEEL CONFIDENT SHOWING SOME CLEAVAGE
Let’s get this simple fact off our chest; sun-worshipping sans an SPF of at least 35 can really bake in those lines. And just as importantly, you have to remember to reapply sunscreen, especially after swimming or sweating. Holding your arms crossed, wearing push-up bras, and even sleeping on your stomach can all contribute to chest wrinkles. Genetics could also be to blame. And when you lose a significant amount of weight, sagging and chest wrinkles can be a side effect. Then there is pregnancy. Pregnancy and breastfeeding cause your breasts to swell for a while. As your breasts fill with milk, they become heavier which can put stress on the proteins in your skin layers, yes, and cause chest wrinkles. Are you doomed to turtlenecks? Don’t worry; you can go “low-cut” with PRP Microneedling.
FEAR OF “GRANDMA” HANDS
Hate the crepey on the back of your hands? Many of you probably try to take care of the skin on your face. Your hands often get neglected. And those protruding veins that pop up are a dead giveaway of age. Aging of the hands starts in your 20s, but most people won’t notice it until they are in their 30s. Our hands take a beating daily. Just think of everything you do with them: carry heavy objects, type on a keyboard, wash your hands, clean, change diapers, and pet the dog. And that’s just on the inside. Once you leave, your hands are exposed to the elements: sun, rain, heat, and cold all take their toll on the condition of our hands. Furthermore, since this is one place your skin is at its thinnest, naturally, the loss of collagen (the protein that contributes to the aging of your skin) is most pronounced. You have to hand it to PRP Microneedling.
THE BEAUTY OF PRP
If the idea of harnessing your body’s natural ability to heal itself sounds genius to you, you may be excited to learn about PRP Microneedling. In case you haven’t heard of it, PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. Platelet-rich plasma consists of two elements: plasma, or the liquid portion of blood, and platelets, a type of blood cell that plays an important role in healing throughout the body. Platelets are well-known for their clotting abilities, but they also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors that can trigger cell reproduction and stimulate tissue regeneration or healing in the treated area. This makes it a fantastic way to use your own body’s natural healing processes to stimulate collagen production and encourage tissue rejuvenation in aging skin. PRP Microneedling can help recapture a youthful appearance and reduce the appearance of a faceful of wrinkles, a sagging neck, crepey decolletage, and aging skin on the back of the hands.
Here’s how simple PRP injections are: a small sample of your blood is drawn. The amount of the sample depends on where the PRP will be applied. When we say “small,” the amount is often less than one teaspoon. So if you imagine yourself going to a blood bank, relax. The blood sample is then placed into a device called a centrifuge that rapidly spins it, separating the other components of the blood from the platelets and concentrating them within the plasma. That solution is then applied to the targeted site after the skin is scored with Microneedling. One of the best parts of PRP is that there is little risk because it’s made from the patient’s own blood. Nothing else. Nothing added. Nothing extra to make it work.
There’s an expression for what we do at Thrive Health Solutions: “natural.” The medical experts at Thrive have years of experience harnessing the power of your body’s own healing resources with PRP. You can trust what they’re doing and trust they can do it better than anyone. The caring team at Thrive understands that as your skin ages, your self-esteem can sag with it. At Thrive they have an unwavering belief that confidence is gained when the outside mirrors the inside. And their goal is to show you just how beautiful confidence can be with PRP. If it’s PRP, Thrive Health Solutions is where you should be. Text Thrive Health Solutions for an appointment now.