Cosmetic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
What is PRP?
PRP is an acronym referring to “Platelet Rich Plasma Injection” technique, a form of regenerative medicine that makes use of platelet-rich plasma concentrations for curative purposes. The concept relies on the numerous growth factors found in granules located inside the cells so called “Platelets” a.k.a. thrombocytes. These growth factors activate and cause the transfer of a huge variety of cells ranging from collagen synthesizing cells to skin resurfacing/regenerating cells, to the injection site. As a result, the tissue damages and detrimental effects of aging vanish and native growth factors reach at the desired areas.
PRP comes from the patient’s own blood and is a concentrated source of growth factors and cellular signaling factors that play a significant role in the biology of healing at and around the treatment site. This means that the therapy not only heals but also reinforces the area or region that is beaten up in the battle against the abrasive effects of time or environment, thus having lost most of its defences, a strong army of missionaries.
The PRP should not be confused with stem cell therapy, which it is nothing like. However, it does work on stem cells in rambling ways. The growth factors in thrombocytes are stimulants that transmit a fibroblast production command to skin cells. And fibroblasts are the key elements to production of collagens and elastin. Accordingly, PRP works indirectly for the stem cells, by increasing the number of thrombocytes that start this whole process.
As pretty much a native procedure, PRP aims to give you more of what you already have. And this fortifies your body’s defences.
The subject may return back to normal life right after the PRP treatment. He or she will experience no bad appearance that would prevent him or her from rejoining social or work life. Sometimes there may be small and temporary bruises due to the injections. Applying cold gel packs or ice, arnica leaves or pulps or vitamin K enriched creams will mitigate this side effect. Makeup can be applied following treatment if desired, to cover up the bruises that may potentially occur.
Benefits of PRP:
- Sparkling and shining appearance on the skin
- Firmness and tightness and less sags on the skin
- Softened and whitened sunspots and marks of aging
- A spectacular rate of recovery in eye bags and purplish bruise patch pigmentations
- Softer and thinner lines on the skin
- Noticeable reduction in the number of acne and wound scars on the skin
- Increased hair growth concentrated in especially less hairy areas of the scalp
- PRP has no side effects because it gives you back what it takes from your body during the procedure