Platelet Rich Plasma

In recent years this new technology has come to the fore. Along with the benefit of using your own tissue therefore eliminating allergies there is the added intrigue of mobilizing your own stem cells for your benefit. Platelet rich plasma treatment can help rejuvenate your skin improving texture and lines with a gradual natural change.

What is it?

Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is a fraction of your own blood drawn off and spun down and then reapplied or injected to create improved tissue health.

Platelets are very small cells in your blood that are involved in the clotting process. As they are organized in the clot they release a number of enzymes to promote healing and tissue responses including attracting stem cells to repair the damaged area. When used in injured or sun- and time-damaged tissue they can induce a remodeling of the tissue to a more healthy and younger state.

How Is It Done?

A tube (or two or three) are drawn off in much the same way blood is taken for blood testing. While the skin is being numbed with a topical anaesthetic cream, the blood sample is spun for around eight minutes in a centrifuge to produce the platelet rich plasma – PRP.

The platelet rich plasma – PRP – is drawn from the tube into a small syringe. A small amount of calcium chloride solution is added to the syringe to stimulate the process. Once mixed in the syringe the platelet rich plasma – PRP – is then injected in the cleaned anaesthetised skin in either small lines or tiny dots in the deeper skin layer.

For skin improvements platelet rich plasma is instilled into the same areas over three sessions usually spaced around a month apart each time.

How Quickly Does The Result Show?

It would be best to wait for three months or so after the third treatment session of platelet rich plasma – PRP – before making a judgment on the outcome. And some will be achieving further changes for another three months – six months after the last treatment.

Are There Side Effects?

There will be some short-lasting pinkness or redness of the skin following injection of the platelet rich plasma – PRP. Bruising is also a possibility as the needle is used to place the PRP into the skin. This may take a week or so to resolve.

PRP – platelet rich plasma therapy creates subtle changes with your own tissue.

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