Skin Rejuvenation using PRP therapy has been used in many medical specialties over the last 30 years. These include cardiac surgery, wound care, sports medicine, neurosurgery, general surgery, orthopaedics, dentistry and cosmetics. With increasing demand, the indications and uses of PRP are ever-growing.
Since its introduction into the field of aesthetic medicine, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has revolutionised the industry with the concept of non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Patients who are reluctant to undergo traditional non-surgical treatments, fear having ‘foreign bodies’ injected into them, or are too young for dermal fillers now have an option to improve their appearance using their own cells.
The end result is an appearance that looks significantly younger, with quicker healing of wounds and scars. The PRP is obtained from patients’ blood. Platelets in the PRP release numerous elements that promote tissue repair and affect the behavior of other cells. PRP can be combined with other treatments such as micro-needling, vitamins, minerals, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants for more superior results. It can be used everywhere on the body, including hair loss, the face, neck, décolletage, knees, elbows and stretch marks. Also, PRP helps with collagen stimulation through the own growth factors’ release.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) consists of a high concentration of autologous platelets suspended in a small amount of plasma after centrifugation of the blood from the patient. The PRP is a product derived from blood, and platelets present in the PRP release numerous elements that promote tissue repair and affect the behaviour of other cells. The recent histology studies have shown that PRP helps with collagen synthesis through own growth factors release.
A small amount of blood is taken from your arm in the same way as a standard blood sample. This is placed in a centrifuge and spun to separate the plasma from the other blood components producing a platelet-rich plasma. It is then injected back into the patient’s scars, skin or obvious lines and wrinkles, using a very small sterile needle. This is an accomplished procedure, which is 100% natural and does not use any foreign material or animal derivatives.
Research shows that PRP obtained from the patient’s blood is safe, with very minimal risk of complications and allergic reactions. As the platelets are obtained from the patient’s own blood, there is no risk of disease transmission or risk of rejection.
Improvement of skin texture and tone is noticeable within 3-4 weeks. Full collagen regeneration takes up to 3 months. Mild swelling may be seen immediately. Over the following days and weeks, the platelets will release growth factors and pre-stem cells which will assist in boosting collagen growth.
Responses to treatment vary but most conditions will require 1-3 sessions usually 4 weeks apart. The results can last up to 12-18 months. There is no limit to the number of treatments you can have for skin rejuvenation but touch up treatments will maintain the results. Scars and stretch marks can be improved after 1-3 sessions.
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