Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an effective skin treatment for wrinkles.

RRP is a revolutionary Dermal Rejuvenation Technique that uses growth factors from our own blood (Platelet - Rich Plasma) to repair ageing skin at the cellular level

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Which Facial and Body Areas can be Treated?

  • Around the eyes – for the thin crepey skin and fine lines
  • Acne scarring
  • Cheeks and Mid face
  • Thinning skin on the neck
  • Jaw Line and Sub Malar
  • Back of hands
  • Décolletage
  • Other Body Areas knees, elbows, upper arms, post baby tummy

What is PLATELET-RICH PLASMA (PRP):

A new approach, appealing to clients seeking a more natural method of facial rejuvenation, is regeneration with your own cells and more specifically, autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP). The PRP repairs your ageing cell at the cellular level with growth factors.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) has been utilized in aesthetic medicine (UK, Japan, and Asia, Europe) to rejuvenate and slow down the aging process and face (2006). This cutting edge anti ageing procedure has the effect of potentiating your innate natural healing power and tissue reorganization potential . Recently, PRP has been pioneered for facial rejuvenation in select patients with chronological aging, and solar damage. Regeneration or anti-aging by biological stimulation of resident stem cells by growth factors.

Science supports the use of PRP for the augmentation and regeneration of hard and soft tissues. PRP is the source of concentrated platelet content present in blood. Apart from assisting blood clotting, platelets also release growth factors that assist the human body to repair itself by stimulating cells to regenerate new tissue. Today, platelet rich plasma can easily be separated from blood, through a process of centrifugation. Using your enriched plasma permits the body to heal faster and more efficiently. Because your plasma (autologous) is used, there is no danger of disease transmission, anaphylaxis or neoplasia. In general medicine, platelet transfusion is common practice in treating blood platelet disorders, including very low counts associated with bleeding.

Case studies reported in Europe, England, Asia, Japan and South Africa have demonstrated consistent rejuvenation of facial aging, including wrinkling in persons with modest grades of photo- or chronological aging. Patient selection is important and skin diseases have to be excluded. Improvement of skin texture and tone can be expected, these features are noticeable within 3 weeks, and the process can be enhanced by addition of appropriate Cosmeceutical. Benefits include non-allergenic properties and ease of administration.

It is well known that platelets have many functions. Platelets contain important growth factors that, when secreted, are responsible for

  • Tissue regeneration and rejuvenation
  • Increasing collagen production which can increase skin thickness and overall skin health
  • Recruiting other cells to the site of injury
  • inducing cell differentiation
  • It is a ‘body own’ physiological product.
  • Elimination of donor transmissible infections
  • Biological Glue: for tissue adhesion especially in skin flaps, bone grafts and trauma.

Reference: Soft and hard tissue augmentation in Platelet rich plasma-Tissue cultrue dynamics, regeneration and molecular biology perpective. IJSS 2007;1:64-73. www.internationalshoulderjournal.org  (D.F. du Toit et al)

What is the Process of facial Rejuvenation by PRP?

  • First and foremost you will need to be assessed by a cosmetic doctor to analyse your skin and recommend an appropriate treatment. Options for facial rejuvenation are explained to you, including efficacy and safety. Cost analysis and the number of sessions required will be discuused during the consultation.
  • Persons between the ages of 30 and 80 years are eligible.
  • Almost all skin tones show that the process is safe and effective because your own enriched plasma is used, but not all grades of wrinkling can be improved.
  • A photograph of the skin is taken to assist the follow-up and grading of the improvement.
  • Blood is obtained from the arm by venapuncture.
  • The blood is collected in special sterile tubes and centrifuged in the clinic to separate the plasma. The plasma is drawn up into a syringe and injected for facial rejuvenation.
  • The PRP is injected, by multiple tiny punctures under the skin (including the dermis), under topical local anaesthesia. The forehead, peri-orbital region, cheeks, chins and dorsum of the hands, are the targets of aging and wrinkles, for rejuvenation. The process is relatively painless providing sufficient topical anaesthesia is applied.
  • PRP facial rejuvenation can be a one off treatment, but further microinjections can be re-performed at 6-12 weekly intervals for recalcitrant lines and wrinkles if the client desires this.
  • This entire process and injection time is simple and takes approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour in total.

What are the side effects of PRP Facial Rejuvenation?

Below are the reported and potential side effects associated with PRP facial rejuveantion:

  • Expect some swelling, bruising and redness for 12-24 hours. Some clients experience headache.
  • Some patients may feel faint. A bruise at the venapuncture site may be visible for 2-3 days.
  • A low morbidity procedure. Anaphylaxis does not occur. In rare cases, skin cellulitis may occur which can be treated with antibiotics and cold compresses. Occasionally hospitalization is needed in these cases. Secondary skin infection is a rare complication.

*As with all medical procedures, individual experiences may differ. It is important to have a thorough discussion with an experienced PRP doctor to assess the risks and side effects.

Exclusion Criteria for PRP Facial Rejuvenation

Persons with skin disease (SLE, porphyria, allergies), cancer, chemotherapy, severe metabolic and systemic disorders, and abnormal platelet function (i.e. blood disorders). Anti-coagulation therapy and underlying sepsis excludes the use of PRP.

EXPECTATIONS FOR PRP

  • Results may be visible as early as 3 weeks and improve gradually over ensuing months with improvement in texture and tone.
  • Cosmeceutical and Light therapies can enhance the results.
  • Advanced wrinkling cannot be reversed and a minimal improvement is predictable in persons with alcohol and tobacco abuse.
  • Severe scarring may not respond.
  • Further plasma treatment is also popular and safe. PRP is effective and well tolerated.
  • Results can vary with one own genetic makeup and health.
  • Our cosmetic doctor will analyse your suitability for the procedure to ensure you get an optimal result.

Why choose Dermedica for PRP?

With years of experience in cosmetic medicine, Dr Joanna Teh has learnt the art of selecting the appropriate patient for PRP to ensure you are satisfied with the outcome. Dr Joanna Teh has many treatment modalities at Dermedica to give you the option to get the most appropriate procedure. Her gentle approach minimizes downtime and discomfort and her experience ensure that the selected treatment is the correct one for the skin condition.

To experience this revolutionary treatment for yourself, please contact us today to book an appointment.

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BEFORE & AFTERS

Before and after photos coming soon. Individual results vary.