What is Platelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP) therapy?
PRP is a blood plasma that’s rich in platelets and is derived from the patient’s own blood. WHAT ARE PLATELETS? Platelets are a component of blood who’s ability to stop bleeding and to repair damaged blood vessels and cells in the body. They release proteins (called growth factors) when they become activated by contact with the body’s tissue. This activation promotes tissue repair and collagen production.
Which areas can be treated with PRP therapy?
The following summarizes the area best suited to PRP treatment:
- Dark under-eye circles
- Hair loss
- Fine lines & creases on the forehead
- Stretch mark
- Smile lines & open pores
- Nasolabial folds
- Poor skin texture
- Back of the hands
- Necklace lines & turkey neck
- Creepiness of the of the upper eyelid & décolletage
How is the procedure done?
One of the real achievements of PRP is for rejuvenation of the under-eye area. PRP can improve the skin quality and decrease dark circles in this area.
PRP can be injected into any scars and will improve appearance by stimulating collagen production.
There is increasing evidence for PRP as a treatment for stretch marks, with patients reporting decreased size of their stretch marks.
Is PRP therapy painful?
By using the local anesthetic creams for a long time, most patients don’t find the treatment painful.
How many PRP treatments will I need?
Treatment protocols will vary from patient to patient. We generally advise that patients over the age of 40 will need a course of 3 treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. Younger patients may only need 1, and some patients may require more dependent on their indications.
Will I notice results immediately?
Most people start to notice results themselves around 3-4 sessions.
What are the side-effects of PRP treatments?
Because the treatment involves only injection of your own blood with nothing added to it, it is very safe. Side-effects, if they occur at all, are usually mild to moderate.