Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is an extract of blood that has three to five times more platelets, growth factors, and active proteins that are beneficial for tissue healing. Doctors have been using this method for years to speed up wound healing and regrow muscles and bones. PRP is placed back into the skin by injection, which initiates a localized stem cell response. Following the treatment, the stem cell response attracts fibroblasts, collagen-producing cells. These cells replace the damaged or lost tissue with healthy skin that is rejuvenated.
Advantages of Cosmetic PRP
The benefits of PRP have led to growing interest in its use for anti-aging and regenerative purposes. PRP can be used as a cosmetic treatment for:
- Reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
- Tightening and toning skin.
- Mild collagen and volume loss.
- Crow’s feet and dark under eye circles.
- Acne scarring.
Collagen is produced and blood vessels grow after several treatments, this reduces fine lines and wrinkles, volume correction and more hydrated skin. Cosmetic PRP results can last 12 months to two years, depending on the client’s skin. Women looking for immediate results should use PRP and hyaluronic acid fillers. These fillers provide a matrix for new collagen and will speed up and maintain the effects of PRP.
Is cosmetic PRP Right for You?
Some situations respond better to Cosmetic PRP, while treatments like hyaluronic acid fillers, peels or laser resurfacing techniques are more appropriate for others. These treatments are enhanced when used together. Women and men of all ages can benefit from Cosmetic PRP.
The Cosmetic PRP Procedure
The first step in the process is a consultation that assesses the cosmetic needs of the client and determine the best treatments that will achieve the desired result. There will be a blood collection that is processed immediately. This separates the platelet-rich plasma from the rest of the blood. After the area is numbed, the PRP is injected back into the skin. Proper after-care and follow-up is done as a part of all treatments. The procedure will take on average 30-45mins.
This procedure is safe and simple. Some side effects are mild swelling and bruising that could last up to a week. There is no risk of disease transmission, allergic or immune reaction. However, there are certain health conditions, such as autoimmune and blood disorders, that may limit its use. There is exciting potential for the use of PRP in regenerative, anti-aging and cosmetic medicine.
How does Platelet Rich Plasma PRP work on tissue?
PRP has high levels of tissue growth and regeneration factors that are vital to skin repair. PRP is increasingly recognized by specialists as a useful natural intervention to aid tissue growth and collagen stimulation.
Is Platelet Rich Plasma PRP Therapy safe to use?
PRP uses the individuals unique tissue and blood to repair and improve skin tissue. PRP has been used in hundreds of thousands of procedures around the world for over 30 years, predominantly in maxilla-facial, orthopedic and cardiac surgery. Recently, PRP therapy has been used for advanced wound care treatment as well as skin rejuvenation as an alternative to foreign substance injections like Botox. Slight swelling and redness may be present after the procedure but this is normal and temporary. Your specialist surgeon will provide you with the appropriate treatment and care.
The PRP is processed under exacting clinical standards which all clinicians must adhere to when working with blood products and the processing of the blood.
What changes will I notice?
Platelet Rich Plasma encourages tissue growth and improves the blood supply to the tissue, both are crucial factors in anti-aging therapies. The results continue to improve over time and last approximately 1 – 2 years. Best results are attained through 1 to 3 consecutive treatments.
Results will depend upon a number of factors, including health status, age, dietary variations, as well as a number of other health factors, including your unique skin type.
Are there any contra-indications to the use of Platelet Rich Plasma?
Inform the specialist if you are taking any medication, including blood thinning medication, undergoing steroidal, or any long-term therapy.
Are all PRP therapies the same?
No, not all PRP therapies are the same. There is increasing clinical evidence that suggests that PRP therapies which contain higher concentrations of platelets, produce better results. Research indicates that the optimal therapeutic concentration for effective skin rejuvenation is a platelet concentration of 3-4 times the normal level of blood platelets.