What is PRP
Platelet rich plasma is a natural product found in human blood. Once a blood sample is drawn, it is placed in a centrifuge to separate the different components of the blood. Your blood´s red and white cells are extracted from the platelets and the plasma. The plasma now contains a higher than normal number of platelets and is referred to as platelet rich plasma, also known as PRP.
Why Platelets Rejuvenate Skin?
When PRP is injected into the skin, it promotes the growth and regeneration of collagen which works by naturally smoothing and tightening the skin. Thus, PRP softens wrinkles and creates smoother skin texture and tone.
How PRP Is Injected:
Immediately after the blood has been spun and the platelets have been separated, PRP injections are given. While the platelets can be injected solely, some physicians choose to also add either thrombin or calcium chloride which act as an activating agent to PRP.
In terms of the number of injections needed, there is no scientific evidence to justify a particular quantity of PRP. The majority of physicians perform one, although sometimes, a series of injections can be given over several weeks.
What can be expected during and after the procedure?
The procedure is fairly quick (approximately 15 minutes in total) and relatively painless with a chance of very mild discomfort during the injection. The first step is for the blood to be drawn from you, and while the PRP is being prepared, your skin will be cleaned and prepared for the treatment. No post procedure care is required nor will you need any time off from your daily activities. There is a chance of some mild swelling, redness, or bruising up to 3 days post treatment. Since the PRP is extracted from your own blood cells, the possibility of negative side effects is quite minimal.
Results will begin to appear 3-4 weeks after the treatment and they continue to progress with time with maintenance PRP treatments (usually given over time). The skin tone and texture will improve, the skin will feel tighter and the lines and pores will appear softer and smoother. Generally, three treatment sessions (1-2 months apart) are recommended to achieve the best results.
For an advanced appearance, PRP may be paired with laser treatments, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, Restylane, Juvederm, BOTOX Cosmetics, and/or Dysport. Combining one or more methods will help in achieving younger looking skin.
Is Cosmetic PRP Right for You?
Every individual is unique and their wants and needs are personal. Cosmetics are a great option for those who are looking for a refreshed and rejuvenated look without having to go under the knife. Surgical procedures tend to be invasive, toxic, and might give you results that look unnatural. In addition to the needs being personalized, the response to treatments might also be individualized. Some can respond to one procedure better than another. Cosmetic PRP is an option, but so are hyaluronic acid fillers, peels or laser resurfacing techniques, BOTOX and so on. The effects of all the treatments are enhanced when used collaboratively and when maintained with regular skincare regimes. Both women and men can benefit from Cosmetic PRP.
Is there a difference between PRP therapy and other skin injections?
There certainly is a huge difference between PRP therapy and other skin injections. PRP is a natural treatment that stimulates the growth of collagen which acts as an absolute facial rejuvenation. Meanwhile, fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane consist of solid material which fills skin lines and folds temporarily. Though they provide individual wrinkle enhancement, repeated treatments and maintenance are required in order to seal the area again. PRP therapy is recommended to soften below eye puffiness, to enhance the overall skin tone, and to seal skin areas where fillers are unable to reach.
PRP and fillers can be applied together provided that the two forms of skin treatment serve different purposes. While fillers mainly fill the wrinkles to provide a temporary treatment, PRP works by enhancing the overall wrinkles and appearance.
Are there any side effects of vampire facelift?
There are no major side effects since this filler is composed of the patient´s blood cells. There are no risks for infection, rejection or allergic reactions. The effects may include the skin appearing slightly sunburnt for up to 48 hours with little or no associated discomfort. Uncommon side effects include mild swelling which may last up to 7 days, redness or bruising which would diminish within 1-3 days. If they do occur, then apply cold compresses and elevate your head to minimize these effects. Better results can be seen if patients decide to receive more treatments. To avoid any problems, it is best to keep the skin hydrated and to apply 30 SPF (or greater) sunscreen several times a day after the treatment.
Who should get the treatment?
Individuals who are suitable for this treatment are those who are looking to improve their skin tone, texture, color and overall appearance. This treatment is ideal for all skin types and it works by eliminating skin wrinkles, rejuvenating the skin, diminishing acne scarring, and hastening the healing process following a facial peel. Since PRP is considered a more natural therapy, then those who are looking for that natural look will find this therapy to be appropriate for them. The most popular areas where it is applied include sun-damaged and prematurely aged skin on cheeks and mid-face, jaw line, sagging skin on the neck, back of the hands and décolletage.
PRP therapy for Hair Restoration
PRP therapy can also be used as a natural approach to hair restoration through the injection of your platelet rich plasma into your scalp. Once injected, the growth factors in the blood cells fuel the growth of hair naturally. Since both men and women experience hair thinning and hair loss with aging, it is ideal for both genders. PRP is also being used in combination with hair transplant treatments however, as of now there are is no clinical proof that it works, but the results seem to be very promising. With PRP, the end result is a healthier scalp and fuller head.
What are the risks?
Because the plasma is extracted from a patient´s own blood, there seems to be no risk of allergic reactions with PRP treatment. PRP is composed of a concentrated amount of white blood cells which are the body´s natural defenders against infections, therefore, they are extremely rare.
How long does PRP treatment take?
The procedure normally takes between 60 and 90 minutes, depending on the area´s being treated.
Does this treatment need to be repeated?
Since there are minimal side effects and risks to PRP therapy, it can be repeated several times until the desired outcome is achieved. Generally, regular PRP treatments every 3 to 6 months have proven to be effective.
Is the treatment painful?
Previously, patients experienced discomfort during the PRP hair loss therapy, especially when only under topical anesthetic. The option of intravenous sleep sedation or general anesthetic is available and recommended for those who have a low pain threshold.
Within the fourth session, patients should expect to notice a fuzz of hair. The beauty of PRP therapy is that it not only stimulates hair growth, but also, works to strengthen hair follicles. Besides the discomfort from the needle pricks when drawing blood, the procedure is quite safe and relatively painless. A numbing cream is used prior to the procedure to minimize the distress.
Who can't opt for PRP?
It is important to note that PRP is not for everyone! For those who have undergone complete hair loss, this treatment does not promote growth of new hair on a bald patch. It works only by thickening existing hair strands and strengthening hair follicles.