PLATELET-RICH PLASMA (PRP)
PRP is an aesthetic injectable treatment that uses one's own platelet rich plasma. This blood component contains stem cells and growth factors and when injected into the skin, promotes the natural production of collagen and elastin to provide rejuvenation.
WHAT IS PRP?
Blood is composed of four primary elements - red and white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. The platelets consist of a variety of growth factors that promote healing. PRP has a high concentration of platelets (at least five times more potent than typically found in human blood) and is utilised to promote healing of tissues.
PRP has been used since the 1970s in sports medicine for its effectiveness in wound healing. It is essentially a very safe treatment as it utilised the individuals own natural products without the addition of any foreign agents.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is used in for its potential for wound healing, tissue regeneration and rejuvenation.
Dr Sofianos uses PRP mainly in 3 ways
Topical – a microneedling device is used to introduce the PRP into the upper layers of the skin
Injections – to restore volume and promote collagen production in the face (“vampire facelift”) or to promote hair growth in areas of alopecia, and also as part of the V-shot or P-shot for sexual rejuvenation
During face-lift – PRP is applied during the procedure to augment wound healing
PRP is an option for individuals who are concerned by areas of their skin that are losing elasticity and volume. It is an effective method to stimulate the production of rejuvenated, healthier-looking skin. It is also ideal for the delicate area beneath the eye where laser is not an option to treat signs of ageing. It may also be utilised to improve the quality of sun-damaged skin by increasing its structural integrity.
Dr Sofianos and his team will prepare the PRP by first drawing a small amount of blood from the patient using a fine needle. These blood vials are placed in a centrifuge to spin them and therefore concentrating the platelet-rich plasma and growth factors. Once the PRP has been activated, it can be used for injection or microneedling.
Topical and injectable PRP usually involves little to no downtime. Most individuals see an immediate improvement in skin quality and texture that lasts up to three months.