What is PRP?
PRP or “Platelet Rich Plasma” is a solution that is created from a sample of your own blood. Blood contains many components, different types of cells, suspended in a liquid solution. If we take a small blood sample it can be treated in a process called centrifugation to separate out the components leaving us with a solution of fluid containing high concentrations of cells called platelets.
What does PRP do?
The platelets in your blood are responsible for regeneration and repair of your tissues. When you have an cut or a scrape, the platelets in the area will rupture, releasing a potent mix of molecules that act as signals to other cells and co-ordinate the repair process. We can use the solution of platelet rich plasma to stimulate a repair and regeneration process in the skin that will result in improved skin quality.
How is it used?
It can be used in a few different ways in aesthetic medicine, the simplest way is to take the solution and use a technique called microinjection to place it directly into the skin. This is sometimes called the “Vampire Facelift” and is one of the most popular forms of PRP treatments. A series of three or more sessions are usually recommended and the regeneration process in the skin continues for several months after treatment. It is also used in combination with other skin rejuvenation treatments such as laser resurfacing and micro-needling. These treatments regenerate the skin by creating a controlled injury with subsequent healing. PRP is often used in combination with these treatments to result in an improved outcome and a faster healing process.
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