Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
What is Platelet rich plasma (PRP)?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an autologous solution derived from whole blood containing 4 to 7 times the baseline concentration of human platelets. Platelets serve as a reservoir of growth factors and cytokines. Platelet-rich plasma has been widely popular in facial rejuvenation to attenuate wrinkles and improve skin texture. This is also known as ‘The vampire face-lift. PRP is also used in the treatment of hair loss and wound healing.
How does it Work? The concentrated plasma rich in platelets is injected into the skin to stimulate the formation of new collagen and elastin for improvement in scars or wrinkles. This PRP can also be used to treat female or male pattern alopecia by injecting into the scalp. The results in the skin develop over a period of months, improving skin tone and elasticity. Results may be achieved after a single treatment, although most clinicians will recommend a review at 6 weeks and 3treatments over three months to achieve optimal results. The results for hair takes longer and more number of sessions may be required.
How is it done? In order to separate and concentrate the platelets in the plasma, a sample of the patient’s blood is taken and ‘spun’ in a centrifuge machine, the red blood cells sink to the bottom and the plasma rich in platelets rises to the top. Generally, a topical anaesthetic cream is applied prior to treatment to numb the skin, and a local anaesthetic may also be mixed with the plasma prior to injection. It is reported as uncomfortable, rather than painful.
Used in the treatment of Fine lines and wrinkles Dull, tired skin Hands dark circles around the eyes Scars/ acne scars Stretch marks Hair loss
Side effects As with any injectable treatment, there may be redness, tenderness, swelling and possibly bruising. Swelling, particularly if treatment is administered around the eyes, may be quite marked in the first 24 hours, and may take up to a week to settle.
How long will it last? Results may not become apparent for 6 -12 weeks and may last 18-24 months.
Safety All treatments carry a degree of risk. All risks and complications will be discussed with you at consultation and prior to any treatment being agreed. Since the PRP used is the patient’s own blood, the risk of disease transmission, allergic reaction, toxicity or rejection are avoided.