What is Regenerative Medicine?
Ever since early school days, we have been taught that the skin is the largest organ in the human body and as human beings when we age our skin integrity looses over a period of time.
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy is a slow anti- ageing process that is performed in order to maintain a thorough functional integrity, prevent the arousal of diseases and captivate the body’s potential to revive, repair as well as regenerate. Over the years, Platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment has successfully been used vigorously by athletes in order to help them heal sports injuries and we swiftly see it becoming a preferred form of treatment option for various other problems such as wrinkles, scars, and sun burns.
What is PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy and how does this therapy work?
PRP(Platelet rich plasma), synonymously called as Plasma Rich in Growth Factors (PRGF), Platelet Concentrate (PC), and Platelet Gel is the ultimate ingredient in the Magic Portion that is used to reverse signs of ageing. It is a highly intensified concentrate of platelets suspended in minimal plasma amounts.
In amateur terms, PRP is basically blood plasma that comprises of high number of platelets, whereas the term “concentrated” signifies that the blood used for performing the therapy has been harvested from the patient’s body itself. This treatment also encompasses growth factors that initiate the healing of soft tissues (these are the tissue that are responsible for supporting and connecting the body’s organs as well as structures).
Human blood mainly comprises of 93% RBC’s (red blood cells), 1% WBC’s (white blood cells) and 6% platelets (all of them all suspended freely in plasma).
However, when conducting the platelet rich plasma skin therapy, it is made sure that the RBC (red blood cell) count is reduced to 5% and the platelet count is elevated to 94%. Whereas, the WBC (white blood cell) counts remains just the same- 1%.
PRP therapy is an extremely easy and safe procedure, it is a non surgical technique, during which the blood is extracted from the patient’s body just like a regular blood test, and the amount of blood extracted is determined by the number of regions that one wants to be corrected. However, the blood extracted usually ranges between 10-30 ml. Once extracted, the blood is transferred to the Eppendorf Tubes that are further loaded into a centrifugal machine to spin for about 8 to 10 minutes. Spinning blood in a centrifuge facilitates the separation of platelet and other components of blood. Once separated, the platelet rich plasma is collected in a syringe and administered into the area of interest.
What all areas can be treated with PRP?
Platelet rich plasma therapy can be performed in areas where there is improper texture that requires improvement. However, on thinking at a glance we certainly feel that almost each and every person can benefit from PRP therapy in some way or the other.
Popular areas for the correction of which PRP therapy can be used:
- Under eyes
- The décolletage
- Complete facial reconstruction
Platelet rich plasma therapy also helps with problems such as:
- Stretch marks
- Skin tightening
- Rigid Acne scars
- Fat transfers
- Areas affected by ulcers, tendon injuries or burns
What to expect after the PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy is performed?
Most of the patients generally experience mild to moderate inflammation along with slight redness, and heat in the area that is treated, the reason behind these after effects is nothing major but the fluid volume that is injected which eventually results in this unavoidable inflammation.
In certain cases, Bruising can also occur and it might take a few days to disappear.
The physician once through with the therapy generally ices the patient´s face to calm down inflammation, bruising and any sorts of skin irritation that might arise at the injection site.
People who have a sensitive skin must inform their doctor prior to the procedure and should take a few extra precautionary to avoid any sorts of problem towards the end of the treatment. One can always extend the duration between their subsequent procedures allowing their skin to properly heal itself.
How soon can one see results?
After a period of about 4-6-weeks, the very first visual difference that a patient witnesses is the enhanced skin elasticity and turgor.
The ultimate result, i.e. the collagen production can take around 3 months to manifest and the desired outcome generally varies from case to case as every person has a different way of perceiving and reacting to the therapy.
However, Since the blood that is administered comes from the patient itself , chances of allergies and infections are almost nullified but there can be certain factors like the presence of any disease , stress or smoking that might affect the overall outcome.
What are the long term benefits of PRP therapy?
- The new cell growth stimulated by platelet rich plasma can last for several months.
- PRP Therapy helps with the natural healing of skin without the involvement of any artificial chemicals/ foreign substances.
- Chances of allergies and infections are nullified, because the platelets that are administered are derived from one’s own body.
Who all can get PRP therapy done?
Similar to all the cosmetic procedures, mothers who’re expecting a baby or those who are breastfeeding or trying to conceive do not make up for the most illegible candidates. This therapy is also not recommended for people who’re suffering from any autoimmune disease, or for those who’re undergoing anticoagulation management or have previously been diagnosed with cancer.
The experts at StemGenn Therapeutics will study each case closely and will guide each patient towards deciding the best way of proceeding with the treatment
How is PRP therapy any different from fillers?
Currently, there are a number of fillers out there, For eg: Botox which is composed of solid materials that fill in skin creases, wrinkles and lines including those around the mouth and lips area (Laugh lines).
This form of treatment lasts for around six to eighteen months and thereafter recurrent sittings are needed to fill the desired area once again.
On the other hand In case of Platelet rich plasma therapy the effects last longer and the therapy are performed using natural products only.
The therapy stimulates one’s own collagen to process full rejuvenation, it helps add volume to the areas in the face that begin to sag, helps with the softening of the under eye area, boost the skin tone, helps tighten skin and improves skin texture, it also helps fill in the areas where fillers cannot be spread or are risky to use. It uplifts ones features and allows them revive their youthful skin.
What are the results like when Fractional laser is performed or when PRP therapy is combined with Fractional laser?
PRP (Platelet rich plasma) therapy is often combined and used with fractional laser.
As per recent studies, around 22 women participated in a study that integrated PRP with 3 fractional laser treatments to survey overall skin rejuvenation impacts. These 22 women were divided in two groups out of which 11 women were administered 3 fractional laser treatment along with PRP therapy, whereas the remaining 11 women just received the 3 fractional laser treatments.
This study was originally conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. The subjects were thoroughly examined before they were given the treatment, and after 30 days of successfully completing the procedure an assessment was conducted again. The results of which clearly stated that there was a far better visible improvement in the skin with PRP + fractional laser combined in comparison to fractional laser only.