Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) or Plasma Lift
Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, also called plasma rich in growth factors, is blood plasma with concentrated platelets and other growth factors. The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain huge reservoirs of bioactive proteins, including growth factors and signalling proteins that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration, and stimulate the rejuvenating process. The PRP signals the body to send in stem cells to repair the designated area.
To prepare PRP, a small amount of blood is taken from the patients arm. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins and separates the platelets from the rest of the blood components. The entire process takes less than 15 minutes and increases the concentration of platelets and growth factors up to 600%. Using the patient's own blood, specially prepared platelets are taken and re-injected into the chosen area. These platelets release special growth factors that lead to tissue healing. By using the concentrated platelets, the growth factors are increased by up to eight times. PRP injections actually rejuvenate the area over a period of time, ranging from one to three months.
"When the clinic became one of the first locations in the U.K. to introduce The PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma – therapy under the perfect hands of Dr Diana Mariton, I knew I had to give it a try." Trinny Woodall.
PRP and Skin Rejuvenation
PRP is suitable for the face (eyelids, cheeks), neck, décolletage, inner arms, knees, inner thighs. It is especially useful for hair growth - Tatler magazine called it "the punchiest hair-loss treatment we've found" (Tatler Hair Guide 2013). Read more about Hair Transplant Treatments at the Dr Sebagh Clinic.
PRP can be combined with Fraxel or Radio Frequencies to activate and boost growth factors. Read Dr Michael Mosley's review of the Vampire Facelift here. The advantage of PRP over other common anti-ageing treatments is that it is unique and natural, making the treatment hypoallergenic, with no risk of disease transmission.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the outcome of PRP injection?
- The development of new blood vessels
- The activation of the cellular matrix synthesis
- Attraction of stem cells where they are necessary
- The production of new cells
What are the effects of the treatment?
- You will notice a great improvement in the appearance and texture of the skin, thanks to the remodelling of the epidermis
- The production of a rapid vascularisation in the treated area, due to cell regeneration
- Your face will rejuvenate thanks to the production of new flexible collagen fibres
- Your epidermis will increase in width, thus becoming more elastic
Who is eligible for the PRP treatment?
- Everyone is eligible for this treatment, except patients with skin disorders, or undergoing anti-coagulant therapy
How many injections are needed?
- The number of injections performed depends upon the surface treated. Age also seems to have an effect on the number of injections given
- Typically, younger people generally need fewer injections for the same condition than a person who is older
- For maintenance, it is recommended to undergo this treatment twice a year.