Platelet Rich Plasma
Cosmetic Platelet Rich Plasma
You have inside of you the power to heal and regenerate tissue in all areas of your body. Cosmetic Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Facial Rejuvenation is a leading-edge procedure that harnesses the healing power of platelets and growth factors from your blood to stimulate a stem cell response. These stem cells help you to grow new collagen and blood vessels, repair and regenerate damaged skin.
As we age, most women experience a loss of volume and skin integrity that results in common cosmetic complaints, which include the following:
- Crow’s feet
- Lip and frown lines
- Deep depressions around the nose and mouth
- Volume loss in the cheeks
- Sagging around the jaw line
- Dehydrated skin
- Overall loss of healthy, youthful skin texture and tone
Advantages of Cosmetic PRP
The potential benefits of PRP have led to a recent widespread interest in its use for regenerative purposes. The healing properties of the blood components in PRP can be used as a cosmetic treatment for the following:
- Reducing fine lines and wrinkles
- Tightening and toning skin
- Mild collagen and volume loss
- Crow’s feet and dark under eye circles
- Acne scarring
WARNING – Possible side effect of PRP are: occasional pain, localised skin reaction and inflammation, swelling , itchiness, headaches. Consult your doctor/ GP before starting the procedure, to inform the doctor or therapist about any existing medical disorders, previous blood disorders, transfusions, or if on an antiplatelet therapy. This treatment is not suitable if you are pregnant.
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Prior to the Cosmetic PRP procedure, a consultation is done to assess cosmetic needs and determine the best combination of treatments to achieve the desired result.
The first step in the PRP process is to obtain a small amount of blood. This is done in a similar manner to a blood test. The amount of blood required varies depending on the area that is treated, but typically, not more than 50mL of blood is required in most cases.
The next step is to separate and concentrate the PRP from the rest of the blood products (e.g red blood cells). This is done by placing the blood taken into special vials and spinning the vials in a centrifuge. The heavier cells, such as red blood cells, drop to the bottom of the vial, and the plasma that is ‘rich in platelets’ is left at the top of the vial. Once PRP is separated, it is extracted, into a syringe.
Just prior to injection, calcium chloride is mixed with PRP, and this activates the clotting cascade, and subsequently this activates the platelets, and causes them to secrete growth factors when injected into the treatment area.
After numbing the area being treated, the PRP is injected or reapplied to the skin using a micro-needling device.
Proper after-care and follow-up is done as a part of all treatments.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy?
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is an extract of your own blood that contains three to five times more platelets, growth factors, and active proteins for tissue and injury healing. It has been used medically for years to accelerate wound healing; repair tendon, ligament and joint damage; heal diabetic ulcers; and 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 tissue that has been damaged or lost through the aging process with healthy skin that looks refreshed.
PRP Treatment is ideal for those looking for a gradual, non-surgical improvement in skin tone, texture and pigmentation.
How many PRP Therapy treatments will I need?
Up to three injections, spaced several weeks apart, may be placed within a six-month period. Many patients find that a single PRP treatment brings them considerable relief of their painful symptoms, and that their improvement continues over time.
How soon will I see a result?
Within a few weeks of treatment, an overall improvement in skin hydration, texture and tone can be seen. New collagen and blood vessels begin to grow after three to six weeks, and reduction of fine lines and wrinkles and volume correction happens over the next three to six months.
How long will my PRP Therapy results last?
The effects of Cosmetic PRP can last 12 months to two years, depending on the individual. While it creates a longer-lasting effect in the skin, it does take time to work. For those looking for an immediate effect, Cosmetic PRP can be combined with hyaluronic acid fillers for quick volume correction. Fillers provide a matrix for building new collagen and can be used to accelerate and sustain the benefits of Cosmetic PRP.
Is PRP Therapy right for me?
Cosmetic wants and needs are unique to every skin type and should be addressed individually. Often, patients are looking for a refreshed, rejuvenated and youthful appearance without looking frozen or over-plumped, without aggressive surgery, chemicals or toxins. This can be done with the right combination of proper diet and lifestyle, skincare products and carefully chosen cosmetic procedures. If you are unsure about PRP, you can request a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your concerns.
Are there any side effects?
Possible side effect of PRP are: occasional pain, localised skin reaction and inflammation, swelling , itchiness, headaches. Consult your doctor/ GP before starting the procedure, to inform the doctor or therapist about any existing medical disorders, previous blood disorders, transfusions, or if on an antiplatelet therapy. This treatment is not suitable if you are pregnant.