What is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy and How Does it Work?
Platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) is a non-surgical procedure for facial and skin rejuvenation. PRP is a treatment which uses your own blood platelets to encourage new cell growth. This helps to improve your complexion, skin texture and to also restore lost facial volume.
Blood is made up of four components; red blood cells, white blood cells, the plasma and the platelets. PRP is done by taking your blood and spinning it in a centrifuge. This then allows the detachment of the blood cells from your plasma and platelets. The platelets are then re-injected into the skin to encourage collagen and new skin cell growth. There is no risk of allergy or rejection of treatment because PRP utilizes the good functions of your own platelets.
What is the procedure?
A volume of blood will be taken depending on how many areas you want to get treated. The amount taken is usually between 10 to 30 ml. Then the blood is placed in a centrifuge for about 8-10 minutes. After the cells have separated, the rich platelets are removed and injected into the skin.
What should you expect post treatment?
You may experience mild to moderate swelling in the treated area, redness or heat. These are common side effects and are part of the activation of your platelets. Swelling is unavoidable because a volume of fluid has to be administered. Also, some bruising may occur and can take several days to subside.
How soon will I see results?
Many patients will require three treatments at four to six weeks apart. Patients first notice an improvement in skin turgor and elasticity. It can take up to three months for your body to produce collagen and the results can be different depending on the individual. Factors such as smoking, stress and illness can affect the results because PRP is 100% your own. Results can last up to two years in a series of three treatments.
Are there any reasons why I can’t have PRP therapy?
Just like most cosmetic procedures, women who are pregnant, breast feeding or trying to conceive are not suitable candidates. PRP treatment is not recommended for people on anti-coagulation treatment, autoimmune conditions, have suffered any type of cancer or who have implants in the treatment area. A patient’s present and past medical history will be evaluated to determine if they are a suitable candidate.