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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Synonyms: PRP, Plasmalift
One of the latest treatments available in the universe of esthetic medicine is PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), a treatment that has been utilised in the world of physical medicine and dental implantology for years, where it has shown very good and useful properties in accelerating recovery and healing, and improvement in implant survival. This new approach has quickly found a way into esthetic medicine, which always strives for new strategies, and has appeared as a great solution for rejuvenation of facial skin, neck and hands as well as in hair loss therapy, where it has made a small revolution in thinning hair treatment and general hairloss, be it men or women.
PRP is a completely natural treatment, without injecting any foreign substances, minimally invasive, almost without any downtime and off-work time.
The concept behind this treatment is to locally inject one’s own blood platelets, or thrombocytes, which are extremely rich in growth factors and thus directly induce the growth of new cells and increase the production of new collagen, improving the quality of the skin and it’s appearance along the way, practically having a rejuvenation effect..
What should be known before deciding on this procedure?
PRP treatments are not to be thought of as a definitive replacement for surgical treatments, like a facelift, mini-facelift or other injecting treatments, botox or mesotherapy. Each one of these treatments has it’s own field of application, like has PRP. PRP treatment has shown effective in a large spectrum of issues, from the simplest overall rejuvenation, through acne scar reduction and hyperpigmentation reduction. Unfortunately, it still isn’t a solution for advanced phase muscle tone loss, or loss of subdermal fat tissue.
Who is a candidate?
Any one is a candidate for this procedure, it should be used as a preventive measure above all, because it will significantly reduce the aging rate of your skin. Of course, younger patients are more suitable, without advanced skin aging, which doesn’t exclude the older population, in combination with some other, especially surgical methods, even older patients can achieve great results.
What’s in PRP?
PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma is nothing else than Your own blood plasma separated from your own blood, in which your own platelets are suspended. Nothing foreign or artificial is not injected into the skin, only the skin’s natural growth properties are potentiated by the aid of something that is already in your body, only concentrated enough to have a greater effect..
What does the procedure look like?
The procedure is following: a small amount of blood is extracted and red blood cells are separated from the plasma containing the platelets in a 3 to 5 times greater concentration than in whole blood, using a centrifuge. After that, using a fine needle, the PRP gets injected back into the skin through numerous small punctures.
Type of anesthesia
Anesthesia is achieved by using a topical local anesthetic.
Care and treatment after the procedure
Usually there is some redness or a little bit of bruising that goes away in a matter of a couple of days.
It’s recommended to use a hydrating or reepithelizing cream 2 times a day.
Results come with some delay. First results will be seen no sooner than 5 to 6 weeks, and for good, apparent result the treatment should be repeated 3 times over 1 month intervals between treatments. More apparent results will be seen after a month since the last of the 3 treatments, and complete results after 6 months.
The effect lasts long, 6 to 12 months, so after the first 3 treatments, it should only be repeated once every 6 to 12 months..
Frequently asked questions
How long does the treatment last?
Treatment lasts about 2 hours, including anesthesia.
What regions can be treated?
Usually it’s the face, neck and cleavage, hands..
Is there a best period of the year for this treatment?
Treatments can be done at all times, but fall (after intense sun exposure) and spring (after the cold winter air) are most suitable.
Are there any contraindications??
There are no significant contraindications for these treatments, so most of the people can enjoy them, all that matters is that you don’t have any autoimmune diseases or use immunotherapy. Also, treatments are to be avoided during pregnancy and lactation..