(Platlet Rich Plasma)
What is it?
This treatment rejuvenates through injections of a patient's own platelet-rich plasma (PRP).
To do this, we will draw a small amount of the patient's blood and place it in a centrifuge to isolate natural growth factors. PRP can spur collagen production and increase blood flow, which results in firmer skin. When injected into specific areas of the face, PRP injections reduce the appearance of wrinkles and result in a vibrant, youthful appearance.
Who can have it?
Any patient who wishes to reduce volume loss, fine lines, and textural changes of the skin is suitable for this procedure. It also appeals to the patient who is looking for a natural approach to volumizing the face and treating or reducing fine lines.
Are there any contraindications?
There are very few contraindications to PRP treatment. As the patient’s own blood is used to prepare PRP, the risk of disease transmissions, allergic reactions, toxicity or rejection is avoided. Other contraindications include patients:
Who have haemotological disorders or concurrent infections;
Who are being treated with Roaccutane;
Who have immunosuppression;
Suffer from poorly controlled chronic medical conditions;
Are pregnant or breast-feeding.
What is the pain level? (1-10)
How long does the treatment take?
This treatment is a quick 20-minute to 1 hour procedure. After blood is drawn from the patient, it is spun down in a centrifuge at a precalculated speed to retrieve the most viable fibrin and platelets. After centrifugation, the platelet and fibrin component of the blood (the top layer) is extracted and reinjected into the area of concern or applied on skin prior to miconeedling procedure.
What are the benefits of combining PRP with Microneedling?
Microneedling is the controlled destruction of certain cells deep within the skin. PRP represents a way to enhance the healing of your skin cells. The two therapies work in synergy to create a treatment that delivers accelerated results capable of bringing better results than each part could alone.
Results may be seen immediately following treatment with more results showing over the next four to six weeks. The largest of the results will occur over the next six months as your body naturally treats itself while utilizing the PRP to heal.
How long do the results last?
The treatment can be repeated, and better results are seen with a total of 2-3 treatments given 3-4 months apart. Patients can expect to see better results as they receive more treatments. With time, the results of PRP get better and better.
What should I be concerned about?
The biggest risk associated with PRP may be dissatisfaction with the cosmetic results. There is no risk of allergic reaction because PRP is derived from the patient’s own blood. Other injection site risks may include mild irritation, swelling, bruising, itching, and discoloration. These side-effects tend to be temporary and are similar to those seen with other soft tissue fillers and injectables, such as Restylane or Perlane.
What are the results like and how many treatments will I need?
The goal of PRP skin rejuvenation therapy is to improve skin tone and texture, tighten skin, soften lines and pores. Results begin to show 3-4 weeks after the treatment session and continue to improve with time. Some patients only require a single treatment once per year to achieve optimal results. However, it is recommended for most patients to receive a series of 3 treatments spaced about 4-6 weeks apart. For patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, or acne scars it is recommended to receive 6-8 sessions at 6-week intervals.
What post treatment care should I be aware of?
Use a gentle cleanser with tepid water for the first 48 hours following treatment. Gently pat dry.
Use only gentle skin care products for the first three days.
Avoid makeup, retinoids, glycolic acids, Vitamin C products and sunscreens for the rest of the day following your procedures.
Avoid sun exposure for 24 hours. After that, apply sunscreen with SPF 30 daily.
Avoid swimming, strenuous activity and exercising during the first 24 hours following treatment.
What else do I need to Know?
Although there may be some temporary plumping and filling initially, it is categorically not a face lift. It cannot sculpt or lift the lower face, neck and jaw line like a well-performed face/neck lift does.