What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment?
Bio-stimulation treatment using blood plasma is a prestigious natural method of rejuvenation with roots in the area of regenerative medicine. It is also known in its abbreviated form as PRP (platelet-rich plasma), a rejuvenation therapy using the patients’ own blood, also referred to as the Dracula treatment. Of course this is a harsh nickname for such a gentle method of regenerative medicine. This procedure harnesses the exceptional power of healing located in thrombocytes and growth factors in the blood, which helps stimulate stem cells that can help:
- Creation of new collagen and blood vessels
- Regeneration of damaged skin and subcutaneous tissue
- Removing the signs of ageing,
- Treatment of acne scars and
- Hair regeneration.
A small quantity of blood (8 ml) is extracted into a test tube in advance, using sterile, pre-prepared equipment. At no point does the blood come into contact with the external environment so that any kind of contamination of the sample is impossible.
The blood is spun in the centrifuge which separates the plasma from the rest of the blood, removing some of the plasma for rejuvenation of a particular skin region, while the rest is used to create fillers for very deep, furrowed wrinkles. Small needles are used to inject the treatment, and the procedure is pain-free apart from the skin around the lip region where local anaesthetic is applied. The process of injecting lasts between 8 to 15 minutes. This treatment is totally toxicity-free, hypoallergenic, and does not require a recuperation period. Initial results are noticeable immediately after treatment, however to get the best results at least three treatments are recommended. After 3 to 6 weeks new collagen and blood vessels begin developing, and in the next 3 to 6 months a gradual disappearance of lines and wrinkles is experienced.
Beneficial effects of this therapy vary from patient to patient and can last between twelve months and two years. The difference between this method and other rejuvenation techniques is its long-lasting effect, however it is important to be aware of the time it takes from the start of the application until the fantastic results of PRP are achieved.
PRP treatment is not applied in cases where there is dysfunction of thrombocytes, thrombocytopenia, haemodynamic instability, autoimmune diseases, sepsis, acute illnesses, pregnancy, chronic disease of the liver and in patients receiving anticoagulation therapies.