Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Skin Rejuvenation Treatment is an advanced and ground-breaking anti-aging treatment physicians use to help repair damaged or injured tissues in the body. This minimally invasive procedure helps initiate the regenerative process by utilizing the growth factors that platelets are known to contain. PRP Skin Rejuvenation Treatment is autologous, meaning it is derived from the patient, therefore reducing the risk of rejection or allergic reaction.
The human body is a highly resilient system, able to heal itself in ways that can often seem magical. Sometimes our body needs help in certain places where it has reduced blood flow and therefore our system sees no need for healing at all. Examples of these circumstances can be scars on your face or body, sun damaged skin around your eyes, translucency on the back of your hands, loose skin and wrinkles around your mouth.
PRP is a procedure that uses your own blood to repair your cells. It has proven its effectiveness at addressing aesthetic problems. Since your own blood has amazing healing properties, this treatment has revolutionized the reversal of skin aging and damage.
Over the past decade PRP has become more popular when used to regenerate skin tissues under the eyes, around the jawbone and mouth, under the chin, on the neck, smoker’s lines on the upper lip and many more.
- Collagen production
- Skin tightening and toning
- Reduction of fine lines and wrinkling
- Acne damage and scaring
- Crow’s feet
- Dark circles under eyes
- Sun damaged skin around the eyes
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
Prior to treatment a blood sample of 10-40 mls is taken from the patient. This blood is immediately placed in the centrifuge for 5-8 minutes which spins the blood and separates out the critical part for the treatment. When this process is finished the plasma will be separated into three layers: (1) platelet poor plasma, (2) red blood cells, and (3) the ‘buffy coat’ (i.e. platelets and white blood cells) from your red blood cells. The concentrated platelets are extracted from the buffy coat layer for use in the treatment. The platelets are injected into the deep dermis or fat layer of the skin. The platelets will then gradually increase collagen formation which can increase skin thickness and overall health of the skin.
An anaesthetic cream is applied to the areas to be treated and then the platelets are injected in using a fine needle and with minimal discomfort.
The areas that are treated include the face, neck, hands and décollete . The whole process including re-injecting 2 test tubes of platelets only takes 45 minutes.Results will not be visible for several weeks and for optimal results, a further treatment every 4-6 weeks is recommended for a total of 3 treatments.
Post Treatment Care
Avoid massaging the treated area for up to 48 hours after treatment. It is advisable that aggressive facials or any heat diffusing treatments like lasers should be avoided for the first month.
What to Expect of PRP Therapy
You can expect minimal swelling, bruising to a varying degree, and redness for 12-24 hours. Some clients experience headache. Treated areas would be mildly red and swollen for up to 3 days after treatment. As collagen production will take time to build, the best results can be seen after 6 weeks. Follow up sessions may be needed, up to 3 times per year to maintain the skin’s strength, elasticity, and plumpness.