Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) has become a highly sought-after non-surgical procedure for facial and skin rejuvenation. PRP therapy is a high concentration of platelets surrounded in its own plasma. Extract of your own blood that contains three to five times more platelets, growth factors, and active proteins to stimulate new cell growth, helping to improve our complexion, skin texture and to restore lost facial volume.
About Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
A small amount of blood is drawn and spins it in a centrifuge, which enables the red cells to separate from the platelet-rich plasma. This is then re-injected into the skin to stimulate collagen and new skin cells. PRP harnesses the beneficial functions of the patients own platelets and therefore there is no risk of allergy or rejection of the treatment.
PRP has been used medically for years to accelerate wound healing, tendon, ligament and joint repair, and also help regrow muscle and bone. When PRP is placed back into the skin by injection or micro-needling, it initiates a localized stem cell response. Over the weeks and months following treatment, this stem cell response recruits collagen-producing cells called fibroblasts. The fibroblasts replace tissues that have been damaged or lost through the aging process and help to grow new collagen and blood vessels, repair and regenerate damage skin, help slow down and reverse the signs of aging, leave you with healthy skin that looks refreshed and rejuvenated.
What is the procedure?
Depending on how many areas you want to get treated, a volume of blood will be taken. This is usually between 10 to 30ml. Your blood is then placed in a centrifuge for around 10 minutes. Once your cells have separated, the rich platelets are extracted and injected into the skin where rejuvenation is requested.
What should you expect post treatment?
Most people will experience some mild to moderate swelling in the area of treatment, redness or heat, which are all common side effects and are part of the activation of your platelets. Because a volume of fluid has to be administered, swelling is inevitable. Bruising can occur and may take several days to disappear.
How soon will I see results?
Most patients will require three treatments at four to six week intervals. The first thing people notice is an improvement in skin turgor and elasticity. Collagen production can take up to three months to occur and the results can differ depending on the individual. Because the injected product is 100% your own, factors such as smoking, stress and illness can effect results. A series of three treatments can yield results for up to two years.
Are there any reasons why I can’t have PRP therapy?
Like the majority of cosmetic procedures, ladies who are pregnant, breast-feeding or trying to conceive are not suitable candidates. This treatment is not recommended in people who have medical diagnosis on anti-coagulation treatment, autoimmune conditions, and platelet dysfunction syndromes, thrombocytopenias, hypofibrinogenaemia, hemodynamic instability, sepsis, acute and chronic Infections, chronic liver disease, chronic skin diseases or cancer, metabolic and systemic disorders, Patients with history of heavy smoking, drug and alcohol use or who have certain implants in the treatment area are not recommended for this procedure.
Your past and present medical history, as well as your past cosmetic history will be assessed to determine your suitability.