FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS | Platelet Rich Plasma
Why should we have PRP?
Ageing of the skin, dermal components and cells, means that the skin texture and appearance deteriorate. Ageing affects the hands, soft tissue of the face and body. This is characterised by sagging, thinning of the skin, puffiness, age spots and wrinkling (forehead, cheeks, neck and décolleté). General texture of the skin changes and dryness is a problem. Sun exposure worsens the process by solar-aging and UV irradiation. This means that vertical and horizontal facial wrinkles and body texture deteriorate with time. The trend now is to turn back the clock and undergo some form of rejuvenation to reduce facial wrinkles, lines and blemishes and rejuvenate the body. A new approach appealing to clients seeking an increased and natural method to rejuvenation. This is regeneration with your own cells and more specifically, autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP). This is also referred to as autologous cellular regeneration (ACR) an aesthetic practice, which is a safe and tolerable procedure. Used in combination therapy it can potentiate the results of your other anti ageing modalities.It is well known that platelets have many functions. Platelets contain important growth factors that, when secreted, are responsible for:
- Tissue regeneration and rejuvenation
- Increasing collagen production
- Recruiting other cells to the site of injury
- Initiating vascular in – growth
- Inducing cell differentiation
- Bone – mineralization
- Extra cellular matrix formation
- Non – Allergenic
- It is a ‘body own’ physiological product vs. animal derived or human donor products.
- Elimination of donor transmissible infections
- Biological Glue: for tissue adhesion especially in skin flaps, bone grafts and trauma.
These are vital steps in collagen regeneration and wound healing.
What does the procedure involve?
- SAFE and Physiologically Active
- Preparation is simple and quick, and completed on the premises in the appointment time. No products are sent off premises.
- Can be used in multiple areas for dermal rejuvenation
Prior to treatment a blood sample of 10 – 20 mls is extracted from the patient. This blood is immediately placed in the centrifuge. When centrifugation is complete your Plasma will be separated. The plasma is combined with an patented platelet growth factor activator and is then injected into different areas of the skin. Platelets gradually increase collagen which can increase skin thickness and overall health of the skin.
Which facial and body areas can be treated?
- Around the eyes – Peri Orbital Rim
- Cheeks and Mid face
- Thinning skin on the neck
- Jaw Line and sides of the face.
- Back of hands
- Other Body Areas
What is the process of facial rejuvenation by PRP?
- Dr Morley will assess the degree of skin ageing, and recommend a sensible treatment with reasonable outcome.
- Options of facial rejuvenation are explained to you, including efficacy and safety. Cost analysis is discussed and the number of sessions possibly required.
- Persons between the ages of 30 and 80 years are eligible.
- All skin tones show that the process is safe and effective because your own enriched plasma is used, but not all grades of wrinkling can be improved.
- A photograph of the skin is taken to assist the follow-up and grading of the improvement.
- The blood is withdrawn.
- The blood is collected in special sterile tubes and centrifuged in the practitioner's rooms to separate the plasma. The plasma is drawn up into a syringe and activated; this stimulates natural growth factor release from the platelets in the plasma.
- The PRP is injected under the skin (including the dermis), under topical local anaesthesia. The forehead, peri-orbital region, cheeks, chins and dorsum of the hands, various body parts are the targets of ageing and wrinkles, for rejuvenation. The process is relatively painless providing sufficient topical anaesthesia is applied. Nitrous Oxide or Happy Gas is available if required and Medically appropriate.
- Three treatments one month apart is advisable followed by a maintenance of at least once a year preferably every six months.
- This entire process and injection time is simple and takes approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour in total. The process is on the same day and in the same medical practice.
Are there any side effects of PRP FACIAL REJUVENATION?
Side effects are minimal and include mild swelling, bruising and redness for 12-24 hours.
Can anyone have this treatment?
NO! Not everyone is suitable. Persons with skin disease (SLE, porphyria, allergies), cancer, chemotherapy, severe metabolic and systemic disorders, and abnormal platelet function (i.e. blood disorders). Anti-coagulation therapy and underlying sepsis excludes the use of PRP.
What results should I expect from the treatment?
- Results are visible at 3 weeks and improve gradually over ensuing months with improvement in texture and tone.
- Cosmeceutical and Light therapies such as Elos IPL and Fractional RF, can enhance the results.
- Advanced wrinkling cannot be reversed and a minimal improvement is predictable in persons with alcohol and tobacco abuse. Severe scarring may not respond.
- PRP - is effective and well tolerated, but patient selection is important if predictable results are to be expected.