Platelet Rich Plasma
If you are looking for an aesthetic treatment that has remarkable results without the use of any medications or artificial products then platelet rich plasma (PRP) might be the treatment you are looking for. It is a relatively new treatment in the field of cosmetics and our practice provides this service using the high quality and proven Emcyte™ Pure PRP system.
What sets PRP treatment apart from other treatments is that it uses your own blood and the power of your own cells to stimulate the regeneration of the structure, volume and elasticity of your skin. Science supports the use of PRP for the augmentation and regeneration of hard and soft tissue. It has been, and still is used by high-profile athletes to accelerate healing of tendon, ligament and joint capsule injury or to avoid what would otherwise have been a surgical procedure. It has also been used in skin injuries and operative sites to accelerate healing and reduce scarring, as well as a biological glue for tissue adhesion especially in skin flaps, bone grafts and trauma.
This exciting process of autologous cell regeneration has now been trialled, studied and subsequently introduced into aesthetic medicine.
How PRP Works
PRP uses the properties of platelets to achieve its results. PRP has 4 to 7 times the concentration of platelets that you find in whole blood. Platelets release many growth factors that assist the human body to repair itself by stimulating cells to regenerate new tissue.
By strategically placing a high concentration of platelets in areas of the body, the properties of platelets can be amplified and exploited for enhanced healing and tissue regeneration.
Because the product is produced from your own blood:
- It cannot produce allergic or hypersensitivity reactions
- It is a “body own” physiological product vs synthetic, animal derived or human donor products
- It eliminates any possibility of donor transmissible infections
PRP uses in Aesthetic Medicine
PRP improves the tone, texture and tightness of the skin and can be used in all areas of the body where the skin is becoming thin and sagging and also where there are fine wrinkles or loss of volume. While PRP is a great treatment on its own it is also an excellent adjunct to other cosmetic treatments such as fat transfer volume replacement, anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers to improve healing times and results.
PRP for Hair Regrowth
The growth factors in PRP have been effectively used to stimulate dormant hair follicles and stimulate new hair growth. It is helpful in slowing the rate of hair loss, stimulating thinning hair to become thicker, as well as stimulating the collagen and elastin production as it does in the face, to produce a healthier scalp.
Suitability for PRP Treatment
Like all our treatments you must have an initial consultation with one of our Aesthetic doctors (this is currently offered by Dr Archer and Dr Coulson). This is because PRP is a process that uses your own body products and the results are therefore indicative of your general health. For example, people who are current heavy smokers and/or heavy drinkers may not have
The PRP Process
Prior to treatment the doctor will consider and discuss options for the minimisation of discomfort during the procedure. This may involve the application of strong, specially ordered local anaesthetic
Once the PRP is separated it is drawn off into syringes where it is ready for use. The procedure takes about 45 minutes to an hour from start to finish.
Expectations From PRP Treatment
It is important to be aware that PRP is a biological procedure using your own blood. For this reason, your state of health is an important factor in the results. Additionally, while you may see some pleasing results in the first couple of weeks, it takes time for your body to undertake the processes initiated by the growth factors, so improvement will be gradual over months rather than weeks or days. Generally, hydration improvement is visible at 2 to 3 weeks and textural improvement is gradual over the next few months. Cosmeceutical and light therapies can enhance the results.
Preparing for PRP Treatment
Prior to attending the surgery for your PRP treatment:
- Be well hydrated 48 hours leading up to the procedure
- Reduce your Fat intake
- Reduce your Alcohol and caffeine intake
- Stop all Omegas (e.g. fish oil tablets), green teas and all supplements that increase bruising
- Stop any anti-inflammatory medication 7 days prior to treatment