PLATELET RICH PLASMA
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is one of the fastest growing treatments in the cosmetic world today thanks to the efforts of celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Angelina Jolie and the pioneering work of Dr Charles Runels with his Vampire series of treatments.
PRP has been extensively used in medicine, surgery and dentistry over decades as a means of accelerating wound healing and for skin rejuvenation. The platelets in PRP contain many growth factors that initiate and control the wound healing process and stimulates stem cells to differentiate into new cells that have a variety of functions including collagen production and the growth of new smooth muscle and blood vessels.
Dr Hooi has been using PRP in cosmetic medicine since 2009 and is one of the most experienced users of PRP in Australia. Committing to teaching at regular workshops and training other practitioners in using PRP requires him to keep abreast of developments in PRP therapies. This allows him to offer cutting edge treatments for his patients.
PLATELET RICH PLASMA FOR SKIN REJUVENATION
PRP is a treatment that is intended to rejuvenate the skin, improving skin texture by tightening, plumping and revitalising the appearance of the skin.
What are platelets?
Platelets are small cell fragments that circulate in the blood. They play an important role in clotting as they are the first responders to blood vessel wall damage (such as from trauma or a needle) sticking together to form a loose mesh that stems blood loss until a proper clot starts to form. Once out in the tissues, the platelets initiate a wound healing response by releasing a large number of peptide growth factors. The wound healing property of platelets was not appreciated by modern medicine until the 1980s.
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 The latter is withdrawn and then used to inject into the skin.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.
About 5 out of 6 people see an improvement in their skin - but 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
For further information, please see our FAQ page or go to our Contact page to send cosmetic MD an email or call us to organise a consultation.
THE REGEN PRP SHOWCASE (courtesy Regenlab Switzerland)
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Regen Lab PRP Website
Launch of Regenlab in Australia, A Current Affair, 2009 Video