Platelet-rich plasma injection (PRP) is an emerging therapeutic procedure in medicine for the treatment of facial rejuvenation, hair growth and both acute and chronic soft tissue injuries.
PRP is an extract of your own blood that contains three to five times more platelets, growth factors, and active proteins for tissue and injury healing. It has been used medically for years to accelerate wound healing; repair tendon, ligament and joint damage; heal diabetic ulcers; and help regrow muscle and bone.
When PRP is placed back into the skin by micro-needling, it initiates a localized stem cell response. Over the weeks and months following treatment, this stem cell response recruits collagen-producing cells called fibroblasts. The fibroblasts replace tissue that has been damaged or lost through the aging process with healthy skin that looks refreshed and rejuvenated.
Advantages of PRP
The benefits of PRP have led to a widespread interest in its use for anti-aging and regenerative purposes. The healing properties of the blood components in PRP can be used as a cosmetic treatment for the following:
Reducing fine lines and wrinkles
Tightening and toning skin
Mild collagen and volume loss
Dark under eye circles
Within a few weeks of treatment, an overall improvement in skin hydration, texture and tone can be seen. New collagen and blood vessels begin to grow,with the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles and volume correction over the next three to six months. The effects of Cosmetic PRP can last 12 months to two years, depending on the individual. Cosmetic PRP can be combined with hyaluronic acid fillers for quick volume correction. Fillers provide a matrix for building new collagen and can be used to accelerate and sustain the benefits of cosmetic PRP.
Immediately after the treatment you will notice that fine lines and wrinkles have been softened. Deeper wrinkled areas may look more plump and smoother. However the material that has been injected will slowly be absorbed into the lower parts of the skin and underlying tissues since the objective is to develop long term growth of collagen and to stimulate the fibroblasts (the most common cells in connective tissues). This can eventually result in the creation of a better platform for the skin which in turn leads to a more healthy smoother and renewed skin surface.
The results are gradual and vary with each person though typically you could see improvements in skin tone and texture within weeks and further improvements will continue for several months to come.
To get the maximum response you should eat right, drink lots of water and keep to the recommended skin care regimen.
How many treatments
We recommend 3 – 4 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart though the number and length between treatments could vary depending on your needs.