The Role of PRP in Aesthetic Treatment

In both restorative and cosmetic surgery, the duration of inflammation and extended healing times can present problems for the patient. When PRP is used in surgery for reconstruction, reshaping, lifting, augmentation or reduction it can improve recovery times and reduce the trauma which patients often experience while waiting for post-operative stabilisation.

Recently, skin specialists have begun using PRP therapy with clients wanting healthier and more youthful looking skin. Treatment with PRP has volumising benefits on facial folds, laughter lines, acne scars, sun damage, wrinkles and crow’s feet. After PRP therapy, clients have also reported improvement in skin texture, colour and tone. Because PRP is autologous – extracted from the patient – there are no problems with allergic reactions or rejection.

When is PRP used?

The PRP is used for collagen synthesis

  • Facial rejuvenation
  • Crinkling skin on the neck
  • Décolletage and chests
  • Crinkling around the eyes
  • Acne scars
  • Backs of hands and arms
  • Post pregnancy skin stretching
 and other body skin areas

In conjunction with surgery

  • Scar revision
  • Stretch marks
  • PRP and Fat Grafting
  • The PRP is then injected into the areas that require tissue regeneration and rejuvenation.

Regenerative Medicine with a PRP Whole Blood Separating System

The biological regeneration of your collagen and
skin tissue is a natural process that can be enhanced with the use or your own PRP. The PRP enhancement process is completed in the clinician’s premises within the allotted appointment time and can be used in multiple areas for tissue, collagen and skin rejuvenation. Collagen tissue is throughout the human body and also gives your skin its soft texture.

Contraindications to the use of PRP?

The Contra-indications to be discussed with patients are Health and Lifestyle, Platelet Dysfunction Syndrome, Critical Thrombocytopenia, Hyporeninaemia, Haemodynamic Instability, Sepsis, Acute and Chronic Infections, Chronic Liver Pathology, Anti Coagulation Therapy, Skin Disease or Cancer, Severe Metabolic and Systemic Disorders.

What is PRP Therapy?

Platelets are the regenerative power house cells contained in our blood, that stimulate wound healing and tissue regeneration. Blood is made up of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. When platelets are activated in the body they release healing proteins called growth factors. Growth factors create
an accumulative result, which assists the body to repair itself by regenerating new tissue, improving blood supply and wound healing, all of which are important factors in regenerative therapies.

Is there discomfort following the PRP treatment?

Each patient is unique and the response to intra- dermal injections will vary, though adverse reactions are rare. You may use a topical anaesthesia for greater comfort before injecting  PRP. Patients may feel a ‘tingling’ sensation after the procedure and there may be redness, slight swelling and sometimes bruising, but this is temporary.

How does PRP work in tissue?

PRP contains high levels of platelets and when injected into tissue, growth factors are released, which are vital to tissue healing and repair. Tissue that is aged and damaged usually reflects poor texture, wrinkles, sagging and an uneven tone.

Patients that want a natural appearance
are increasingly recognizing PRP as a useful natural intervention to aid tissue and collagen stimulation.

Dermal Fillers cannot directly address the texture and health of collagen tissue; however, they can be used in conjunction with PRP.

Skin texture will respond as new tissue cells grow and visible results may take 3-6 weeks and continue for up to 6 months. As individuals we are unique so results will depend upon your overall health status, age, dietary variations, whether you smoke and other health factors including your unique skin type.

What does the process involve?

A small sample of  blood is processed in a highly specialised, state of the art system, specifically designed to extract the PRP in a safe, clinical manner. This PRP is then injected into the areas that require tissue remodelling and rejuvenation.

Is PRP Therapy safe to use?

PRP is the patients own unique [autologous] blood and so you are using the bodies own natural resources to repair and improve your skin tissue. The PRP is processed under exacting clinical standards, which all clinicians must adhere to when working with blood products.

How long will the procedure take?

The processing of your PRP will take 20 minutes and the procedure will take on average 45-60 minutes.