Patient Information PRP Frequently Asked Questions
Platelets are a naturally occurring component of your own [autologous] blood and play an important role in wound healing and tissue regeneration. Platelet Rich Plasma [PRP] therapy is the process of isolating platelets from the blood and concentrating these platelets to much higher concentration levels than normal, through the process of centrifugation. The result is Platelet Rich Plasma [PRP].
PRP (Vampire lift) encourages collagen formation and improves blood supply to tissue, both of which are important factors in anti-aging therapies. Your skin texture will improve as the Platelet Rich Plasma stimulates new skin tissue growth.
PRP Therapy is a completely safe and natural treatment and is highly effective at improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, scarring, sun damage and dull, worn-out looking skin. PRP can be used to rejuvenate the face, neck, décolleté, back of hands, scalp and other body areas.
Other areas such as the brows, temples, cheeks, nose and chin can be treated to enhance collagen synthesis. Eye bags and also lines around the eyes can also be treated.
PRP have also used extensively in treating hair loss with good results at MJ Aesthetic™.
What does the process involve?
A small sample of your own blood [approximately 30-40mls], is processed in a highly specialised, state of the art system, specifically designed to extract the Platelet Rich Plasma [PRP] in a safe, clinical manner and then this Platelet Rich Plasma [ PRP] is injected or applied in combination therapies.
How does Platelet Rich Plasma PRP work on tissue?
Platelet Rich Plasma [PRP] contains high levels of tissue growth and regeneration factors which are vital to skin rejuvenation & repair. PRP is increasingly being recognised by specialist clinicians as a useful natural intervention to aid tissue growth and collagen stimulation.
Is Platelet Rich Plasma PRP Therapy safe to use?
Platelet Rich Plasma is your own unique [autologous] tissue and so you are using your own blood to repair and improve your skin tissue. Platelet Rich Plasma has been used in hundreds of thousands of procedures around the world for over 30 years, predominantly in maxilla-facial, orthopaedic and cardiac surgery. More recently PRP therapy has been used successfully in advanced wound care treatment and increasingly for skin rejuvenation as an alternative to foreign substance injections like Botox and volumising fillers.
Slight swelling and redness may be present after the procedure but this is normal and temporary and your specialist surgeon will provide you with appropriate treatment and care.
The Platelet Rich Plasma is processed under exacting clinical standards which all clinicians must adhere to when working with blood products and the processing of the blood is at ‘point of care’, next to the patient.
Is there discomfort following the Platelet Rich Plasma treatment?
Each person is unique and the response to intra-dermal injections will vary, though adverse reactions are rare. Your specialist may use a topical anaesthesia before injecting the Platelet Rich Plasma [PRP]. You may feel a ‘tingling’ sensation after the procedure and there may be redness, slight swelling and bruising. These symptoms will disappear. Please discuss this with your specialist at MJ Aesthetic™.
How long will the procedure take?
The procedure will take on average 45-60 mins.
What changes will I notice?
Platelet Rich Plasma encourages tissue growth and improves blood supply to tissue, both of which are important factors in anti-aging therapies. Your skin texture will improve as new tissue cells grow and visible results may take 3-6 weeks. The results continue to improve over time months and last approximately 1 – 2 years. Best results are attained through 3 to 6 consecutive treatments.
We are all unique and so results will depend upon a number of factors including your overall health status, age, dietary variations, whether you smoke, as well as a number of other health factors, including your unique skin type.
Are there any contra-indications to the use of Platelet Rich Plasma?
You must inform your specialist if you are taking medication, including blood thinning [anti-coagulant] medication, undergoing steroidal, or any long-term therapies.
Are all PRP therapies the same?
No, not all PRP therapies are the same. There is increasing clinical evidence that suggests that PRP therapies which contain higher concentrations of platelets produce better results. Research indicates that the optimal therapeutic concentration for effective skin rejuvenation is a platelet concentration of 3-4 times the normal level of platelets. Studies show that concentrated platelet levels of 800’000 to 1’000’000 per ml] have been linked to optimal collagen formation.
PRP injection is also dependent on the skills and experience of the administering physician.
Improved wrinkles, skin texture, skin tone, laugh lines and jowls. General lifted look.
Improved wrinkles, skin texture, skin tone, laugh lines and jowls. Improvement in the eye bags. General lifted and rejuvenated look.
Reduced hand wrinkles, pigmentations and dryness.
Improved skin quality and texture. Looked younger and rejuvenated.