Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)
1. What is PRP Therapy?
PRP, or Platelet-Rich Therapy, leverages a concentration of platelets and growth factors from you own blood to enhance tissue healing and regeneration . Known for its potent regenerative effects, PRP therapy is touted as the ultimate bio-regeneration treatment, offering numerous healing and revitalizing benefits that counteract aging, sun damage, stress and toxins. It utilizes platelet-released growth factors to spur collagen and elastin production, subsequently rejuvenating and healing the skin.
2. What is PRP Used For?
PRP can be used for aesthetic treatments in various areas and conditions, such as:
Skin requiring rejuvenation
Fine lines, wrinkles, and facial creases
Crow’s feet and under-eye dark circles
Sun-damaged areas and pigmentation
Acne and non-keloid scarring
Aging skin on the neck and décolletage
Lines around and under the eyes and on the neck
Male or Female pattern hair loss
3. What is the Science Behind PRP?
PRP harnesses the power of platelets, our body's natural "super healers." Platelets initiate healing by forming clots and releasing growth factors into damaged or aged skin. PRP therapy amplifies this process by delivering a concentrated dose of these healing entities, enhancing our body’s inherent ability to repair and refresh the skin.
4. How Does PRP Work for Skin Rejuvenation?
When injected into the skin, PRP triggers a stem cell response, which, over subsequent weeks and months, stimulates the creation of new collagen, blood vessels, and skin cells. This repairs and rejuvenates skin, diminishing signs of aging and revealing a revitalized complexion.
5. Are All PRP Treatments Equal?
Not all PRP treatments are equal. For example, Alocuro’s Pro-PRP device and preparation protocol are recognized for exceptional efficacy in extracting PRP with up to 10 times baseline platelet concentration. This effectiveness surpasses other manual preparation PRP kits available in certain regions, providing very concentrated and ‘pure’ PRP to offer the skin the best potential for regeneration.
6. When Can Results from PRP Therapy be Seen?
After PRP treatment, skin may feel immediately taut, with wrinkles appearing less visible. Though initial fullness may subside within four days, true skin improvement—such as enhanced hydration, texture, and tone—can be observed from 3 weeks onwards, progressing over several months. Beneficial effects can endure 1 to 2 years.
7. Is PRP Therapy Painful?
Patients may experience some discomfort during and after PRP injections. Topical local anaesthetic is often used for skin numbing prior to the procedure. Other pain management strategies are also often utilized to minimize discomfort during the procedure.
8. What are the Risks and Side Effects of PRP?
Major complications from PRP procedure are extremely rare as the material being injected into your skin consists of your own plasma, platelets(growth factors) and some white blood cells. Minor complications of the PRP can include bruising/tenderness/subtle swelling at either blood collection or the application site.
9. How Often Should PRP Be Performed?
Optimal results are typically achieved with a series of 3 treatments, spaced 4 weeks apart. To maintain the effects, 'top-up' treatments might be advised, often on a 12-monthly basis, as skin health begins to show signs of decline. Remember that specific treatment protocols can vary, and your healthcare provider will recommend a schedule that is best suited to your individual needs and treatment goals.
10. Is There Scientific Evidence Supporting PRP?
Yes, over 10,000 scientific papers and global research substantiate PRP’s efficacy in tissue regeneration and enhancing healing across various medical applications, including aesthetics. These affirm its positive effects on facial rejuvenation and other therapeutic uses.