In recent years, Platelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP) has been used as an effective treatment in various medical and surgical fields, and to date, studies investigating the effect of PRP have shown relatively promising results.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?
PRP is an autologous concentration of human platelets contained in a small volume of plasma and has been shown to accelerate rejuvenation in ageing skin by various growth factors and cell adhesion molecules including platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), transforming growth factor (TGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and insulin-like growth factor (IGF). These growth factors are known to regulate processes including cell migration, attachment, proliferation and differentiation, along with the promotion of extracellular matrix (ECM) accumulation by binding to specific cell surface receptors.
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Due to the high concentrations of these growth factors, PRP has been used in a wide variety of surgical procedures and clinical treatments - leading to the use of PRP in the field of dermatology, or more specifically, aesthetic rejuvenation. In addition, PRP can also help to induce the synthesis of collagen and other matrix components by stimulating the activation of fibroblasts, which helps rejuvenate a desired area.
Why Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?
As a non-allergenic, autologous physiological product, PRP eliminates the risks of donor transmissible infections, and is a biological glue for tissue adhesion, especially in skin flaps, bone grafts, and trauma. It can also help promote new tissue growth to improve overall skin health for a more youthful appearance.
It literally stimulates new cell growth in a patient’s body wherever it is injected and helps the body heal itself in a natural way without using chemicals or foreign substances of any kind. The possibility of an allergic reaction or infection is almost zero because it is derived from the patient’s own body.
The beauty of implementing PRP in practice, especially in aesthetic rejuvenation, is that it can be used independently or as part of a multifaceted or layered approach.
PRP Treatment for Facial & Neck Rejuvenation
The use of PRP treatment for facial and neck rejuvenation has become an increasingly in-demand treatment not just because it has been popularised by the media and celebrities, but due to the promising results it has known to shown. Despite treatment results being variable, most patients reported results that last up to 18 months.
When injected into a desired area, PRP can help stimulate tissues by causing mild inflammation to trigger the healing cascade. This results in new collagen being developed and as the new collagen matures, it begins to shrink - tightening and strengthening the skin for a more rejuvenated and youthful overall look, while at the same time improving skin tone and texture.
PRP can also achieve a “true lifting” effect in patients when combined with fillers, as the fillers will help to provide an instant fill for volume correction while PRP immediately kick-starts the skin regeneration process which enhances a patient’s skin health, and prolonging the effective filler correction for 3-6 months longer.
The combination of using PRP treatment for facial and neck rejuvenation is not restricted to just fillers. When used with fractional laster treatments, PRP can also effectively take laser resurfacing to a whole new level; accelerating healing and increasing desired new collagen formation to deliver optimal results.
PRP Treatment for Eye Rejuvenation
Ageing changes at or near the eye areas can cause many varying effects. Such effects are often caused by the loss of skin elasticity and/or hollowness in the affected area. In addition, wrinkles and sagging in/near the eye area can also have an adverse effect on perceived age. Under eye dark circles and eye bags have also been shown to correlate with perceived age, further establishing the eye area as an area of primary focus.
Some of the most common area of concerns for many patients seeking eye rejuvenation are visible and/or multiple ’crows-feet’ as well as sagging eye bags. Together with addressing the signs of photo-damage and repairing the skin, PRP can help a patient's body stimulate collagen production to improve skin tone, texture and quality, creating a more refreshed and rejuvenated look.
Furthermore, the high concentration of growth and healing factors found in PRP can help speed up healing, thus reducing down time, if any. This effectively helps patients to regain a pair of more youthful-looking eyes in a shorter period which may not be accomplished through surgery alone.
Despite PRP therapies being one of the safest and most natural options available in the field of aesthetics, adequate training and experience are still paramount.
This week, IFAAS faculty, demonstrates one of his many exclusive Total Eye Rejuvenation Techniques - Correcting Hollowness and Smoothening Wrinkles using Platelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP) Therapy:
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