Aesthetic Medicine

In both restorative and cosmetic surgery, the duration of inflammation and extended healing times can present problems for the patient.

The Role of PRP in Aesthetic Treatment

In both restorative and cosmetic surgery, the duration of inflammation and extended healing times can present problems for the patient. When cPRP is used in combination with surgical procedures for reconstruction, reshaping, lifting, augmentation or reduction it can improve recovery times and reduce the trauma which patients often experience while waiting for post-operative stabilisation.

Recently, skin specialists have begun using PRP therapy with clients wanting healthier and more youthful looking skin. Treatment with cPRP benefits on facial folds, laughter lines, acne scars, sun damage, wrinkles and crow’s feet.

After PRP therapy, clients have also reported improvement in skin texture, colour and tone. Because cPRP is autologous – extracted from the patient – there are no problems with allergic reactions or rejection. Patients can have their treatment and there is minimal down time post treatment.

Growth-factors associated with cPRP include:

  • Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) – promotes blood vessel growth, cell replication, skin formation.
  • Transforming growth-factor-beta (TGF-b) – promotes growth of matrix between cells, bone metabolism.
  • Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) – promotes blood vessel formation;
  • Epidermal growth factor (EGF) – promotes cell growth and differentiation, blood vessel
  • formation, collagen formation;
  • Fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2) – promotes growth of specialised cells and blood vessel formation; and,
  • Insulin-like growth factor (IGF) – a regulator of normal physiology in nearly every type of cell in the body.

When is PRP used?

  • Facial rejuvenation
  • “Creping” and thinning skin on the neck
  • Décolletage and chests
  • “Creping”around the eyes
  • Acne scars
  • Dark circles – hollowing of the eyes
  • Backs of hands and arms
  • Post pregnancy skin stretching
and other body skin areas

In conjunction with surgery

  • Scar revision
  • Stretch marks
  • PRP and Fat Grafting
  • The PRP is then injected into the areas that require tissue regeneration and rejuvenation.

Regenerative treatment using the cPRP Whole Blood Separating System

The biological regeneration of your collagen and skin tissue is a natural process that can be enhanced using cPRP from the patient’s own blood. The PRP enhancement process is completed in the clinician’s premises within the allotted appointment time and can be used in multiple areas for tissue, collagen and skin rejuvenation. Collagen tissue is throughout the human body and also gives your skin its soft texture.

Contraindications to the use of PRP?

The Contraindications to be discussed with patients are Health and Lifestyle, Platelet Dysfunction Syndrome, Critical Thrombocytopenia, Hyporeninaemia, Haemodynamic Instability, Sepsis, Acute and Chronic Infections, Chronic Liver Pathology, Anti Coagulation Therapy, Skin Disease or Cancer, Severe Metabolic and Systemic Disorders.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is PRP?

Platelets are the regenerative power house cells contained in our blood, that stimulate wound healing and tissue regeneration. Blood is made up of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. When platelets are activated in the body, they release healing proteins called growth factors.

Growth factors create 
an accumulative result, which assists the body to repair itself by regenerating new tissue, improving blood supply and wound healing, all of which are important factors in regenerative therapies.

How Does PRP work in tissue?

RRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) contains concentrated levels of platelets, when injected into tissue the growth factors are released, which are vital to tissue healing and repair. These growth factor Tissue that is aged and damaged usually reflects poor texture, wrinkles, sagging and an uneven tone.

This treatment is ideal for those wanting an enhanced/youthful natural appearance without the use of synthetic treatments. cPRP has been recognised by many as a natural intervention to aid tissue and collagen stimulation with mimimal complications.

Dermal Fillers cannot directly address the texture and health of collagen tissue; however, they can be used in conjunction with cPRP to create a volumizing effect.

Skin texture will respond as new tissue cells grow and visible results may take 3-6 weeks and continue for up to 12-18 months. As individuals we are unique so results will depend upon your overall health status, age, dietary variations, whether you smoke and other health factors including your unique skin type.

Is there discomfort following the PRP treatment?

Each patient is unique and the response to intra- dermal injections will vary, though adverse reactions are rare. You may use a topical anaesthesia for greater comfort before injecting PRP. Patients may feel a ‘tingling’ sensation after the procedure and there may be redness, slight swelling and sometimes bruising, but this is temporary.

What does the process involve?

A small sample of blood is processed in a highly specialised, state of the art system, specifically designed to extract the PRP in a safe, clinical manner. This PRP is then injected into the areas that require tissue remodelling and rejuvenation.

Is PRP Therapy safe to use?

PRP is the patient’s own unique [autologous] blood and so you are using the body’s own natural resources to repair and improve your skin tissue. The PRP is processed under GMP (Good Manufacturing Processes) clinical standards, which all clinicians must adhere to when working with blood products.