PRP is autologous (using your own blood) therefore eliminating allergy potential. PRP has been shown to have tissue regenerating effects. Other benefits include: minimal downtime, safe with minimal risk, short recovery time, and no general anaesthesia is required.
Platelet Rich Plasma, also known as PRP, is derived from the patient’s own blood in the following manner. A fraction of blood (60cc) is drawn from the individual patient into a syringe. This is a relatively 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 White Blood Cells). The Rich Plasma is used as a serum after micro-needling is performed on the skin causing micro-injury from small needle pricks. The benefit of micro-needling the skin whilst injecting the rich plasma is to generate new collagen and skin tissue for smoother, firmer, more toned skin. This treatment is ideal for the face to treat a variety of concerns including large pores, produce collagen, reduce scarring, wrinkles, resurfacing and rejuvenating the skin.
The Platelet Rich Plasma containing monocytes and various plasma proteins are collected into a syringe. A sterile Calcium Chloride 10% and sterile Bicarbonate 8.4% solution is added in 5% volume to the syringe containing PRP. Calcium Chloride and Bicarbonate both work to activate the platelets, thus leading to the liberation of growth factors and healing elements. The activated platelets are then injected within the next few minutes as a medical intervention. As the platelets organize in the clot, they release enzymes to promote healing and tissue responses including attracting stem cells and growth factors to repair damaged tissue and cause regeneration and rejuvenation.
The full procedure may take between 15-45 minutes. Often 2-3 treatments are advised, however, more or less may be necessary for some individuals. It is often recommended that treatments be done once a year after the initial group of treatments to continue regeneration and maintain or enhance the results. The use of PRP for anything other than mixing with bone marrow is considered “off label” and EXPERIMENTAL.