PRP works on the simple basis is that of utilizing your own natural platelets to instruct the body to create new collagen for tauter, smoother and better-toned skin. Utilised in various ways, with or without fillers or with serums, the platelet solutions can be introduced with injections or by using an automated microneedling system.
What is PRP?
PRP Rejuvenation incorporates fillers with PRP – which stands for Platelet Rich Plasma – to enhance the shape fo the face and restore volume. It is a simple in-office nonsurgical procedure which uses a concentrated serum processed from your own blood in conjunction with dermal filler to increase the effectiveness and longevity of those fillers.
How does it work?
A small vial of blood is taken from your arm – less than that normally taken for routine blood tests. The blood is then placed in a vial and spun in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells and plasma. The process concentrates the platelet count to about 4X normal. It is this platelet-rich plasma – often called “liquid gold” – that is then activated and injected into the skin – or applied topically in a surface regeneration action.
PRP has been used for years to speed joint, tendon and tissue repair and is a popular treatment for professional athletes such as football players, golfers and basketball players.
The key to success - tricking the cells into thinking there is injury
The serum is activated by the addition of simple calcium chloride. The activated plasma serum behaves the same way the body would respond if there were an actual injury – healing platelets rush in to create a rich fibrin mesh. This fibrin mesh in turn calls out to natural healing cells, releasing growth factors* and stimulating the process of fibroblast production (the cells that create collagen)to energize and heal.
*“The platelet-rich plasma contains platelets as well as specific growth factors (Table). These growth factors include: transforming growth factor beta (TGF-B), platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), insulin-like growth factor (IGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), epidermal growth factor (EGF), and fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2).” Vishal Meta, MD – Orthopedics February 2010 – Volume 33 · Issue 2
The end result is skin that takes on a healthier appearance, has a thicker dermis (reducing wrinkles and scars) and shows improved tone. Used with underlying fillers such as Juvderm, Restylane or Radiesse, the PRP serum prolongs and amplifies the filler correction with the need for less filler per treatment and a longer duration – in addition to the improved tone, texture and smoothness.
PRP Rejuvenation / PRP Facial Options
Option 1: PRP with Fillers
The true “lift” effect is achievable with a combination of fillers, layered with the PRP serum. The fillers provide an instant fill or volume correction and the PRP – injected above the filler – immediately kick-starts a skin regeneration process. Patients can see and feel the effects within minutes as their skin becomes tauter and smoother.
Filler products that are used in conjunction with the PRP serum are Radiesse, Perlane or Restylane or Juvederm Ultra Plus. The use of PRP with fillers not only enhances the skin tone and texture, but prolongs the effective filler correction for 3 to 6 months longer than when fillers are used alone.
Option 2: PRP Injection Therapy Instead of Fillers
Patients who don’t want or need fillers can benefit from PRP The activated PRP serum can be injected just under the skin surface to stimulate the body to make a small amount of its own ‘filler’. Although this will not approximate the same results as you would get from a gel filler such as Restylane or Juvederm, you will still see some improved textural changes.
Areas ideal for PRP therapy without filler include
- Full Face (when no filler needed)
- Neck (especially horizontal necklace lines)
- Crow’s Feet
- Undereye Fine Wrinkles
- Acne Scars
- Hair Loss Disorders
Advantages of PRP Rejuvenation
- Uses your own natural platelets so there is no risk of allergic reaction
- Natural collagen is formed in response to the presence of the activated platelets
- PRP is ideal for the patient who does not want any synthetic fillers
- There is little to no swelling, bruising or lumping as the fluid assimilates in the natural skin environment
- PRP can be used to enhance Laser procedures for faster and improved healing
- PRP Therapy is equally as effective in men as in women
- Can provide outstanding results either with or without the use of underlying fillers