Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
What is a Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment?
A Platelet Rich Plasma treatment, or PRP therapy, is sometimes known as the ‘Vampire’ therapy. The non-surgical therapy involves drawing blood from a patient’s body – similar to a blood test – and then separating the platelets with a machine. The platelets are then re-injected into the area of the body that requires treatment.
Blood platelets help the body repair by stimulating skin cells to create new tissue. It increases collagen production and ultimately improves skin tone. In comparison to other methods, a Platelet Rich Plasma treatment is known to be one of the safest in the market.
What makes a Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment effective?
The human blood contains 1% of platelets and plasma mainly responsible for stopping the bleeding of a wound. However, platelets play a larger role than just clotting blood. Human platelets are what the body needs to help in the healing process. As platelets are rich in connective tissue growth and healing factors, the body naturally delivers platelets to an injury to initiate repair. And thus why the PRP therapy is effective.
By injecting the healing and growth factors of platelets into damaged areas – commonly the skin, ligaments, tendons, and joints – the body will naturally initiate the repairing process. When a maximised, concentrated amount of platelets are injected into the body, it automatically accelerates the healing process. A Platelet Rich Plasma treatment is known to be effective as it uses the body’s natural substance and ability to self-repair.
What does a Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment treat?
The treatment covers almost all grounds of skin issues. As the growth factors in platelets will activate and rejuvenate the cells in the body, PRP therapy is able to repair skin defects and trigger production of new cells and collagen. The increase of collagen production will increase skin thickness and encourage overall skin health, tone, and elasticity. This means that PRP therapy is effective in treating issues like:
Fine lines and wrinkles
Dark circles under the eyes
Sun damaged skin
Volume loss in face, hand, and neck
On top of these, a Platelet Rich Plasma treatment can also treat hair loss and knee osteoarthritis.
What is the process of a Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment?
First, a vial of blood is drawn from the patient similar to a blood test. The patient’s blood is then spun in a centrifuge for a few minutes at a pre-calculated speed. By spinning the blood, the platelets are separated from the red blood cells. After which, the concentrated platelet – which rises to the top of the vial – will be extracted and re-injected into the skin. Minimal discomfort may be experienced during the entire treatment, and the option for an anaesthetic is available.
The treatment duration will vary depending on the area and severity of the skin condition. Also depending on the skin condition, our doctors will advise on the number of treatments required to obtain optimal results. Most patients will require 2 to 3 sessions, with each session spaced a couple of weeks apart.
What happens after a Platelet Rich Plasma treatment?
Minimal downtime is required – most patients carry on with the rest of their day as normal. Patients may also experience mild swelling and bruising after the treatment. However, bruising and swelling will subside. Do note that the treatment results will be subtle at first, but will be more visible in the following months. Additional treatment sessions will improve the results, allowing it to last up to 18 months.
Who is a Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment suitable for?
The PRP therapy is suitable for both men and women of all skin types. It is a great option for people seeking a minimally invasive, non-surgical, and natural treatment for their skin condition. However, this treatment may not be suitable for individuals with certain health conditions. Our doctors will advise on other options should you fall into this category.
Are there risks involved in the Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment?
Platelet Rich Plasma treatment is known to be one of the safest treatments in the market, as it uses your own blood. Hence, there is no risk of an allergic reaction. However, there is a very low possibility of infection and bleeding when injections are involved. Thus, it is very important to seek a medically certified professional when undergoing this treatment. Rest assured, our doctors are professional and certified in performing the PRP therapy.
Can Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment be combined with other treatments?
Yes, the treatment can be combined with the dermaroller, CO2 laser treatments, dermal fillers, facial surgery, and more. As PRP therapy promotes cell restoration and growth, combining it with other treatments will yield greater results.
How much does a Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment cost?
Platelet Rich Plasma treatment is used to treat various parts of the body and a variety of skin conditions. Hence, the cost is highly dependable on the individual patient and the amount of treatment sessions required. During a consultation session, our doctors will advise on the best treatment plan for your specific condition to see the best results.
Before and After
*Results will vary between patients.