What are the benefits of PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a revolutionary technology that has been used for many years in treating wounds, and helping athletes overcome injuries. However, the technology has now become very popular in several cosmetic procedures. But how exactly does it work and what are the benefits of PRP.

What is PRP?

PRP is a concentrate of platelet rich plasma, which has traditionally been used in sports medicine and orthopedics to treat soft tissue injuries of the muscles and ligaments. Platelets are tiny cells in the blood that form a clot to help repair the damage whenever there is an injury. They contain special growth factors that have healing properties.

In recent years, PRP has been used extensively for facial rejuvenation along with other cosmetic procedures such as hair restoration.

How PRP works

In order to prepare the PRP, a small amount of blood is drawn from the arm of the patient, much like when blood is taken for a normal blood test. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich-plasma from the other blood constituents. The concentrated serum contains a lot more platelets than normal and that’s why PRP is so effective when used for therapy.

PRP is a regenerative technology that initiates the growth of blood vessels and tissue, so it promotes healing and improves skin quality.

PRP for facial rejuvenation

When used for facial rejuvenation, PRP promotes youthful skin and treats skin concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, scars, enlarged pores, poor skin texture, and skin laxity.

The blood is drawn and prepared to create the concentrated PRP serum that is then injected into the targeted areas of the face. PRP revitalizes the skin cells and may also encourage collagen production. The additional collagen in the skin helps to restore volume in areas of the face that appear hollow or sunken.

Most of the PRP is absorbed within 24 hours, so there is no downtime after treatment. Consequently, patients are able to resume normal activities immediately. Patients usually see results about 3-4 weeks after treatment, but optimal results may take up to 6 weeks.

PRP Therapy for hair loss

PRP hair regeneration is an outpatient procedure that is done under local anesthesia. The PRP is prepared as normal, and a fine needle is used to inject the platelets into the thinning or balding areas of the scalp. When PRP is injected into the scalp it regenerates the hair follicles, and stimulates hair growth.

It typically requires a series of 3 PRP treatments to achieve optimal hair growth. Results become evident about 3 months after treatment.

Benefits of PRP

  • Minimally Invasive: Both PRP facial rejuvenation and PRP for hair loss are minimally invasive treatments that require only a few injections.
  • PRP is a safe procedure. There is no risk of an allergic reaction or contamination with PRP, because the treatment is done using nothing more than the patient’s own blood. Therefore, the body does not respond negatively to the introduction of the platelets below the skin.
  • Minimal side-effects. There may be some facial redness and bruising at the injection site after PRP facial rejuvenation, but these symptoms resolve within a few hours. After PRP hair loss treatment patients may experience some soreness and redness, but this typically only lasts for a day or two.
  • Completely Natural: PRP is a completely natural treatment that contains no synthetic substances, so the rejuvenation process is also natural. This makes it ideal for people concerned about injecting chemicals or other foreign substances into their body.
  • Long lasting results: The results of PRP can last for several years, but follow up treatments may be needed.
  • Short recovery: The recovery after PRP is minimal, and patients are generally able to return to their usual activities after treatment. However, patients that undergo PRP for hair loss normally go back to work the following day.
  • Minimal pain: PRP is a relatively comfortable treatment that is well tolerated by most patients.

Would you like to learn more about PRP?

Contact Sthetix based in Liverpool, Merseyside UK for more information. Sthetix also serves Chester and Ormskirk.

Call 0151 317 9251 today to set up a consultation.