Platelet-rich plasma has been used in orthopedic surgery, dentistry and reconstructive surgery for many years in tissue recovery and healing after injury. In recent times, the treatment has been eagerly adopted in the fields of aesthetic medicine and dermatology.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?
PRP refers to autologous (patient’s own) plasma derived from blood containing 94% of platelets as opposed to the 6% normally present in the blood. This platelet super rich plasma has properties in tissue regeneration which can be used for skin rejuvenation.
Platelets are responsible for creating clots after the injuries of blood vessels. They also release numerous Growth Factors responsible for tissue recovery, wound healing, decreased inflammation, new blood vessel formation, collagen production and the stimulation of pluripotent stem cells in surrounding tissue.
All these effects can be used for aging skin revitalisation in a procedure called “Vampire Facial”, PRP Skin Rejuvenation or Stem Cells Face Lift. The more platelets present and activated, the more Growth Factors can be released – namely;
- Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)
- Transforming growth-factor-beta TGF-b)
- Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)
- Epidermal growth factor (EGF)
- Fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2)
- Insulin-like growth factor (IGF)
Vampire FaceLift ABC 7 News Chicago:
Platelet-Rich Plasma indication in aesthetics
PRP is ideal for individuals looking for a steady but visible improvement in skin texture, tone, and color with minimal downtime. The results give patients a youthful, renewed and healthy appearance of the skin.*
It can be used on all skin types to:
- Reduce skin wrinkles*
- Rejuvenate skin texture*
- Renew photo damaged skin*
- Improve the appearance of acne scarring*
- Speed the healing process after ablative lasers and deep peels*
- Natural approach to volumise the face*
Commonly treated areas include photo damaged and prematurely aged and sagged skin around the eyes (Crow’s feet and tear trough) cheeks and mid-face, jaw line, sagging skin on the neck, back of the hands and décolletage.
How is PRP done?
- Blood is withdrawn from a patient’s arm by the syringe, placed in a centrifuge and spun using a predetermined protocol.
- Centrifuging separates the red & white blood cells and platelets and concentrates them at various levels in the tubes ready to be used within 20 min.
- An activating agent (e.g. Calcium Chloride) is added to activate the platelets to release their content prior to use, ensuring a high concentration of desirable Growth factors are present.
- The face is prepared with topical anesthetics in the meantime.
PRP is performed with microinjections, Dermarollers or Dermapen in a procedure not longer than 15 minutes or it can be combined with other procedures such as Fractional Lasers and Fillers.
How long does the effect of PRP last?
PRP is typically done with 1-3 treatments every 2 months with a booster at 12 months. Protocol depends on the severity of the problem. The first result in skin color and texture can be seen after 3 weeks when everyone will think you had a good holiday. The skin appears more youthful and renewed.*
A greater difference is visible after 3 months when collagen production starts taking place and the skin appears tighter and lifted with a very radiant complexion. This is the time when your friends will begin asking which skin care products or treatments you are using for such an ongoing youthful look. And since it is so natural and gradual people will always assume that is due to something you are applying to the skin. Results will last up to 18 months*
*Disclaimer: Treatment results will vary on a patient to patient basis. No guarantees can be made