prp (platelet Rich Plasma)

Platelet Rich Plasma, also known as "PRP" is an injection treatment whereby a person’s own blood is used. A Fraction of blood  is drawn up from the individual patient into a syringe. The Blood is spun in a special centrifuge to separate its components (Red Blood Cells, Platelet Rich Plasma,Platelet Poor Plasma and Buffy Coat). 

Platelets are very small cells in your blood that are involved in the clotting and healing process. When PRP is injected into the damaged area it causes a mild inflammation that triggers the healing cascade. As the platelets organize in the treatment area they release a number of enzymes to promote healing and tissue responses including attracting stem cells and growth factors to repair the damaged area.As a result, new collagen begins to develop. As the collagen matures it begins to shrink causing the tightening and strengthening of the damaged area. When treating injured or sun and time damaged tissue, they can induce a remodelling of the tissue to a healthier and younger state.

What does the process involve?

Prior to your treatment you will have a thorough consultation with the registered nurse. During your consultation the nurse will ask you about your medical history to establish suitability for the treatment. This also gives you the opportunity to discuss your goals and expectation from the treatment. Once  it has been established that  you are suitable for the treatment and you consent to proceed the following process will take place. Your treatment will be performed  by registered nurse (RN) Lidia Ognjanova  who is highly  trained in administering these procedures consistently achieving fantastic results for her patients.

Similar to having a blood test,a small sample of blood is taken out of your arm than processed in the state of the art system designed to extract the PRP in a save clinical manner.This PRP is then drawn into the syringe and applied to your skin by injecting into the areas that require tissue rejuvenation or applied topically with micro-needling treatment.A local anesthetic cream is applied 30 minutes prior to injecting PRP to make sure there is no pain during the procedures. 

What are the benefits ?

Along with the benefit of using your own tissue therefore virtually eliminating allergies, there is the added intrigue of mobilizing your own stem cells for your benefit. PRP has been shown to have overall rejuvenating effects on the skin including: improving skin texture, thickness, fine lines and wrinkles, increasing volume via the increased production of collagen and Elastin, and by diminishing and improving the appearance of scars. The most dramatic results to date have been the crepey skin problems in areas such as under the eyes,neck, and décolletage. It is not designed to replace cosmetic surgery as there are some cases where those procedures would be more appropriate.

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

PRP used for aesthetic procedures is safe for most individuals between the ages of 18-80. Parental Consent required for patients under 18.There are very few contraindications, however, patients with the following conditions are not candidates:

  • Acute and Chronic Infections;  
  • Skin diseases (i.e. SLE, porphyria, allergies); 
  • Cancer;  
  • Chemotherapy treatments;  
  • Severe metabolic and systemic disorders;  
  • Abnormal platelet function (blood disorders, i.e.Haemodynamic Instability, Hypofibrinogenemia, CriticalThrombocytopenia); 
  • Chronic Liver Pathology; 
  • Anti-coagulation therapy;  
  • Underlying Sepsis and  
  • Systemic use of corticosteroids within two weeks ofthe procedure


What to expect from PRP?

Results are generally visible at 4 weeks and continue to improve gradually over ensuing months (3-6)with improvement in texture and tone. Advanced wrinkling cannot be reversed and only a minimal improvement is predictable in persons with drug, alcohol, and tobacco usage. Severe scarring may not respond. Current data shows results may last 18·24 months. Of course all individuals are different so there will be variations from one person to the next.Generally, 2-3 treatments are advised, however,more may be necessary for some individuals. Touch up treatments may be done once a year after the initial group of treatments to boost and maintain the results.
Combining PRP with other therapies such dermal fillers and muscle relaxant can enhance results.

Are there any side effects?

Some of the Potential Side Effects of Platelet Rich Plasma include

  • Pain at the injection site; 
  • Bleeding, Bruising and/or Infection as with any type of injection; 
  • Short lasting pinkness/redness (flushing) of the skin; 
  • Allergic reaction to the solution; 
  • Injury to a nerve and/or muscle as with any type of injection; 
  • Itching at the injection site(s); 
  • Nausea /vomiting; ( The following are possible with any simple injection and not specific to PRP Therapy); 
  • Dizziness or fainting; 
  • Temporary blood sugar increase;  
  • Swelling and 
  • Minimal effect from the treatment

Is there any downtime?

Minimal down time, safe with minimal risk, short recovery time, natural looking results; no general anaesthesia is required.

What areas can be treated?

Areas typically treated for aesthetic purposes and skin rejuvenation include: Crinkling skin around the eyes,cheeks and mid face, neck, jaw-line, chest and décolletage, back of hands and arms, lips, and to stimulate hair growth on scalp. Almost all skin tones show that PRP is reliable and repeatable because your own enriched plasma is used.

How much does it cost?

From $500 per vial or package of 3 for $1200
One vial is often enough to treat one area for example cheeks/neck