Platelet rich plasma is a relatively new approach to skin rejuvenation, although PRP was first used in 1987 in open heart surgery. Since then it has changed in its preparation and has been used in facio-maxillary surgery, orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine, dentistry and now also in cosmetic medicine.
PRP is an autologous procedure, meaning it is made from your own blood. So there is no risk of disease transmission or allergic reactions. Once a small amount of blood is taken from your arm and centrifuged the PRP is separated from your red blood cells. This plasma portion is full of platelets, growth factors and even some stem cells. When this fluid is injected into your skin it accelerates the healing process.
The PRP contains important growth factors such as:
- PDGF (Platelet Derived Growth Factor) – Which stimulates new cell growth and collagen production
- VEGF (Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor) – Which promotes growth and regeneration of vascular endothelial cells
- FGF (Fibroblast Growth Gactor) – Stimulating Fibroblasts causing tissue repair, collagen and hyaluronic acid production
- EGF (Epithelial Growth Factor)
- TGF-B (Transforming growth factor) – Causing neogenesis of epithelial and vascular cells promoting wound healing
The PRP stimulates your own skin and stem cells to produce more collagen, elastin and connective tissue resulting in improved thickness and skin tone of your skin. It can help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
PRP uses your body’s own healing messengers to stimulate skin rejuvenation, causing a more toned, tighter and more youthful looking appearance.
Main areas treated with PRP are:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- General skin rejuvenation and tightening
- Eyes (Peri Orbital fine lines and crepy skin)
- Neck Rejuvenation
- Back of hands
- Hair rejuvenation