What Does PRP Stand For And What Is It?
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. Within the plasma of our blood are platelets which contain powerful growth factors. These growth factors are responsible for the healthy construction of bone and soft tissue within the body and in the skin. PRP utilises your own which means that the body is fully receptive to the treatment as it recognises and welcomes its own family of cells. This makes PRP extremely safe, ethical and effective.
PRP treatment is highly recommended to patients who prefer more natural approach to anti- ageing and are opposed to Botox and filler injections. PRP treatment which is safe and natural, is highly effective not only in improving appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but also for rejuvenating sun damaged, dull and lack lustre skin. Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment has also used successfully in hair restoration, bone reconstruction and in the treatment of musculo-skeletal conditions.
PRP is carried out by a trained physician or nurse. The first stage is to take a simple blood sample of 10 – 20 mls from the patient (usually from the arm). This blood is immediately placed into a centrifuge for 5 – 8 minutes. The centrifuge spins and separates the red blood cells from a substance called plasma which is rich in platelets. The rich platelets are extracted from the base of the plasma gel. The platelets are injected into the deep dermis or fat layer of the skin. Platelets gradually increase collagen which can increase skin thickness and overall health of the skin.
The process will take approximately 45 minutes.
The below areas can all be treated with PRP:
- Orbital Rim – Around the eyes
- Cheeks and Mid face
- Crepey Skin on the neck
- Back of Hands
No, Regenerative Medicine is non allergenic. We are using the body’s own chemistry.
There is a marked improvement in brightness and vigour to the skin so freshness can be expected quite soon after. However, collagen and elastin are structural components of the skin and must be re-built. This process can take a minimum of 3 months. Once new collagen has been deposited the results are long lasting. While great results are achieved in one treatment it must be noted that more than one treatment will be necessary if the skin is more mature and more deeply lined.
As we are regenerating collagen lasting results will depend on the care and maintenance of your skin. However, you can expect to maintain good result with yearly top-ups.
Some pain is felt as it is administered via a cannula or needle. However pain is relative to the individual. Most patients find the process acceptable.
Post treatment effects can include erythema and oedema (redness and swelling), slight pain and in some cases slight bruising in the treatment area. These side effects usually subside within a few hours to a few days. Post care instructions will need to be followed through.
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Most patients will return to work immediately.
Growth Factors reside in the platelets of your plasma and carry out several roles as explained below.