Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Over many years Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment has successfully been used by athletes to heal sports injuries, it is becoming a preferred treatment to rejuvenate the skin and reduce wrinkles. PRP is often referred to as the vampire face-lift is perfect for overall facial rejuvenation.

What is Platelet Rich Plasma and how does it work?

In layman’s language, it is blood plasma which is rich in platelets. This treatment has growth factors that fuel the healing of soft tissue (a tissue that supports and connects other body organs and structures).

Human blood mainly contains red blood cells (93%), white blood cells (1%) and platelets (6%) and all of them are suspended in plasma. However, during platelet rich plasma skin therapy, the red blood cell count is reduced to 5%, that of platelets is raised to 94% while the white blood cells counts remain constant

The procedure

PRP Therapy is a very simple and safe procedure where blood is taken from the patient just like in a regular blood test. Then the blood is put into a centrifugal machine for 8 to 10 minutes and spun. This facilitates the separation of blood and then the platelet rich plasma is collected and injected into the desired area.

What areas can be treated with PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy can be done in an area that requires texture improvement and almost every person can benefit from it.

Popular areas corrected with PRP therapy include:

  • The décolletage
  • Area under the eyes
  • Neck
  • Hands
  • Full facial reconstruction

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is also used for:

  • Stretch marks
  • Skin tightening
  • Acne scars
  • Areas affected by ulcers, tendon injuries or burns

Who is eligible for PRP Therapy?

Just like many cosmetic procedures, expectant mothers, those breastfeeding or trying to conceive, are not perfect candidates. This therapy is also not recommended in patients with autoimmune diseases, on anticoagulation management, previous cancer patients or those with implantation in the damaged area.

PRP Skin Therapy vs. fillers and other injections

Many types of fillers are made of solid materials that seal lines, skin creases and wrinkles including those around the mouth and lips area. This type of treatment lasts from six to eighteen months and therefore recurrent treatments are needed to fill the desired area again. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy on the other hand, stimulates one’s own collagen to grow for full rejuvenation; it is used to add volumes to faces that are beginning to sag, soften under eye area, boost the skin tone, tightness and texture, and finally fill in areas where fillers cannot spread and are risky to use.

 What to expect after platelet rich plasma therapy

Most patients will experience mild to moderate swelling in the treatment area, redness, and heat; this is because fluid volume has been administered hence swelling is unavoidable. Bruising can also occur and may take a few days to disappear.

The physician typically ices the patient´s face immediately after the therapy to reduce swelling, bruising and skin irritation at the injection region.

People with sensitive skin should take extra precaution as advised by the doctor. This includes allowing adequate interims so that the skin can heal itself, and minimizing the number of procedures done so close together.

How soon are results realized?

After a typical 4-6-week treatment interval, the very first thing patients’ see is enhanced skin elasticity and turgor. The results (collagen production) can take up to 3 months to manifest and the outcome varies from case to case. Since the implanted products come from the patient, chances of infections and chemical allergies are very little but factors like diseases, stress or smoking may affect the outcome.

Benefits of PRP therapy

The new cell growth activated by platelet rich plasma lasts many months
It helps your skin heal naturally without using any chemical or foreign substances
Insignificant chance of infections or allergic reaction

Why would I choose PRP rather than Lipogems?

In summary PRP is generally good for helping things that may either heal on their own (given enough time) or are maybe stuck in the healing process and need a little “kick” to get things going towards resolution.  While PRP may help recruit a few stem cells to the area, adipose tissue injection therapy is much more advanced and will have longer lasting results.

A PRP injection can be done without Liposuction (fat harvesting) and may be a good shorter-term procedure. If you are looking for a longer lasting procedure we would recommend a Lipogems treatment this has the added advantage of removing unwanted pockets of fat as well as rejuvenating the facial area naturally.