PLATELET RICH PLASMA
WHAT IS PLATELET PLASMA?
PRP is an injection treatment whereby a person’s own blood is used. A fraction of blood is drawn from the individualpatient into a syringe. This is relatively a small amount compared to blood donation. The blood is spun in a special centrifuge to separate its components (red blood cells, platelet rich plasma, platelet poor plasma and buffy coat). The platelet rich plasma and buffy coat are first separated and then activated with a small amount of calcium chloride which acts as an activation agent and scaffold to keep the PRP where the injector intends to treat. Platelets are very small cells in your blood that are involved in the clotting and healing process. When PRP is injected into the damaged area it causes a mild inflammation that triggers the healing cascade. As the platelets organize in the treatment area, they release a number of enzymes to promote healing by attracting stem cells and growth factors to repair the damaged area. As a result new collagen begins to develop. As the collagen matures it begins to shrink causing the tightening and strengthening of the damaged area. In short, this treatment adds volume to your skin and stimulates the cells to reproduce. The procedure takes about 1 hour.
PRP has been well-known for over 20 years for its wound healing properties and its proven effectiveness has extended across multiple medical specialties. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is cutting edge therapy in the field of cosmetic enhancements. Although the procedure is relatively new in aesthetics in the U.S., PRP has been recognized as an effective treatment in sports injury, diabetic ulcer treatment, and orthopedics to name a few. PRP’s emergence into aesthetics and skin rejuvenation began in 2004 in Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and many other countries around the world.
BENEFITS OF PRP
Along with the benefit of using your own blood therefore eliminating allergies, there is the added advantage of mobilizing your own stem cells for your benefit. PRP has been shown to have overall rejuvenating effects throughout the body.
PRP can be used to treat:
► Fine Lines and Wrinkles
► Circles, Bags and Discoloration in the Eye Region
► Vertical Lip Lines
► Active Acne and Acne Scars
► Epidermal Thinning and Volume Loss in the Face, Neck and Décolletage
► Sexual Dysfunction for Men and Women
► Stretch Marks
► Hair Loss
PRP is extremely safe for most individuals between the ages of 18-80. Parental consent is required for patients under 18. There are very few contraindications however; patients with the following conditions are not candidates: cancer or undergoing chemotherapy, severe metabolic and systemic disorders, abnormal platelet function, chronic liver pathology, anti-coagulation therapy, sepsis or systemic use of corticosteroids within 2 weeks of procedure.
Results are generally visible at four weeks and continue to improve gradually over ensuing months (3-6). Current results may last 18-24 months. Of course all individuals are different so there will be variations from person to Person.
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