What is PRP?
At the most basic level, PRP is your blood without the red cells and white cells. PRP is composed of the water component of your blood, the plasma proteins and your platelets in a higher concentration than is normally found.
There are number of different PRP preparation systems on the market that produce different concentrations of platelets. cosmetic MD uses the Regenlab system - one of the most established and efficient systems available.
Blood is drawn from your arm like any other blood test, placed into a special collecting tube, which is then centrifuged to separate the red and white cells from the plasma and platelets. The latter is withdrawn and then used to inject into the skin. The platelet growth factors promote tissue healing by stimulating stem cells that results in the formation of new collagen, new blood vessels, new fat and new skin cells. The result is plumper, firmer and more youthful looking skin.
Who is the ideal candidate for PRP?
The ideal candidate is someone that is looking for a natural way to improve their skin who is happy for a gradual change.
They are pre-menopausal (and in males up to their 50s), generally healthy, nonsmoker, with a good diet, no history of skin cancer and with normal platelet counts. In older patients, we usually combine PRP with another treatment such as laser skin resurfacing to obtain the best results.
Although about 85% of people see an improvement in their skin - there will be some that have great results and some that will not be as dramatic. This is a normal distribution of responses to any treatment designed to stimulate a natural body process.
Which areas or problems can be treated?
For cosmetic purposes, we can use PRP on any part of the skin.
The following are typical areas for PRP treatment
- Crepey skin in the eye, neck and décolletage areas
- Crow’s feet
- Dark circles around the eyes
- Fine lines around the mouth
- Dull, rough, or grey skin tone and texture
- Sun damaged skin
- Acne scarring
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