PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) therapy uses the healing power of platelet and plasma (components of blood) to rejuvenate the skin. Platelets are one of the type of cells found in the blood. They are rich in growth factors and play an important role in clot formation at areas of injury, therefore stopping bleeding. Plasma is the liquid part of the blood.
As we age, there is loss of fat from the subcutaneous tissue below the skin. This, along with damage by sun and pollution, causes the skin to become dull with lines and wrinkles, making us look old and tired. PRP therapy, using the unique growth factors found in our blood, helps to restore the texture, tone and natural glow of the skin. This is a simple procedure and can be done in about one to two hours. Local anaesthetic cream is applied to the face (or area to be treated) and kept for about 1 hour to numb the skin. In the meanwhile, 10-20 mls of blood is withdrawn from one of the big veins in the hand and is centrifuged to separate the platelets and plasma from the red blood and other cells.This fluid containing the platelet and plasma is injected just under the skin using a very fine needle.
This stimulates the release of platelet derived growth factors and cytokines, which provokes a healing process and stimulates the formation of collagen. The collagen provides support to the skin, improving the fine lines and wrinkles. The improved blood circulation stimulated by the healing process, enhances the tone and texture of the skin, giving it a healthy and youthful glow.
PRP therapy can be de done more than once and this is recommended to give the best results. After the procedure, there may be minimal bruising on the skin. It is important to keep the skin protected from the sun for a few days to allow good healing. Using a factor 50 sunblock cream would be useful.
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