WHAT IS PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses a concentration of a patient’s own platelets to stimulate new cell growth, helping to improve skin cells to function as optimally as they can.
PRP is injected into targeted areas of the skin and forms an environment which pushes the patient’s own healing system and stem cells into overdrive and causes an extra boost in collagen and elastin production. This regenerative process of the skin has many benefits.
WHAT CAN WE TREAT WITH PRP?
PRP is a great treatment for both men and women. PRP is used for cosmetic procedures, for the treatment of injuries and for hair loss.
PRP stimulates collagen and elastin production which thickens and tightens thinning skin, effectively smoothing wrinkles, and fine lines. PRP facials are suitable for all ages, from younger clients with problematic skin or acne scarring to older clients looking to rejuvenate. Due to the fact that it boosts collagen, it’s a great treatment for improving overall skin texture and tone. It is an ideal treatment for dark circles and the delicate skin around the eyes, and thin crepey skin on the neck and the backs of hands. As well as a treatment for people who suffer from rosacea or acne.
PRP treatment has been used to support wound healing in trauma and joint injury. If you suffer from tennis or golfer’s elbow, knee tendonitis, rotator cuff tears, Achilles’ tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, or osteoarthritis, PRP injections use each individual patient’s own healing system to improve these musculoskeletal problems.
PRP Therapy is also used to treat hair loss in both males and females and stimulate the growth of hair transplants.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Your blood is essentially made up of four components: red blood cells, white blood cells, the plasma, and the platelets. The process involves taking a small sample of your blood which is spun in a centrifuge, separating the platelets (growth factors) from the red blood cells. The end product PRP, is rich in white blood cells and growth factors.
PRP can be administered by injections, as well in combination with Skin Needling or an ablative laser such as CO2 Fractional. Both Skin Needling and CO2 Fractional laser cause micro-punctures with minimal damage to the upper epidermal layer but create a microscopic injury to the deeper dermal layer.
The minor injury and bleeding trigger a wound-healing response in the skin, which in turn creates new collagen and elastin and the PRP, containing all your excellent growth factors is infused directly to the dermal layer and immediately gets to work.
WHAT TO EXPECT POST PROCEDURE
Following the procedure a little bit of discomfort may occur as the white blood cells and growth factors begin the healing process. The areas treated may be slightly red, tender or bruised. These side effects are temporary and will ease, generally within 2-5 days.
Skin cells need time to develop, so you don’t notice the results right away. The full effects of a PRP treatment can typically show up within a few weeks or months. The benefits can last for up to 18 months. As PRP results vary, a series of one or more PRP treatments may be required. It is recommended for people to have maintenance treatments to maintain their results.
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