Your Blood: The New Anti-Aging Treatment
Forget Botox and Restylane injections. There’s a new kid in town when it comes to staying young and drop-dead gorgeous. Even though it’s a new trend in the beauty industry to attain eternal youth, it that has been used successfully for over 20 years in generating new cartilage. The elixir of life? Perhaps. But what’s so interesting about the treatment is that it uses your own blood. Bwa ha ha ha! Sorry. My mind automatically switched to vampire. Nothing sexier than that, plus they’re always so eerily young and beautiful. Remember Lestat? Exactly.
It’s called PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma Skin rejuvenation). Yep. Plasma, as in your own sangre. Since it’s from your body, it’s as natural as you’re going to get and totally hypo-allergenic. I mean, you can’t possibly be allergic to your own bodily fluids, right? And, if you can stomach morcilla made from cow’s blood, mujer, this should be a breeze.
Basically, the doctor takes a large vial of your own blood and separates the plasma from it. Then, with the platelet-rich plasma, he creates a serum, masks and injections that he spreads and injects with a small needle about an 1/8 of an of an inch into various areas of your face, hands, neck or anywhere you want to recapture your youthfulness. The whole process takes about 30 – 40 minutes and viola! You’re young again.
Actually, it starts to take effect in about two months and is said to kick start the development of new blood vessels and the production of new cells and collagen fibers. This means increased elasticity, better retainment of moisture, the filling in of fine lines and improved appearance of the skin. The effects, if it even works, last about one year. But, hmm, careful, chica. PRP Skin rejuventation is still experimental. Even though it has been shown to help improve results in burn victims, there have been cases of some complications. Hey. No pain, no gain, right? Que vanidosas que somos! Us Latinas will do next to anything to stay young and hermosas even if it involves drinking blood, um, maybe.