What is PRP Gel?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Gel is a gel-like substance made through activation and incubation of the patients own plasma. Unlike standard PRP which is drawn from the patients blood and reinjected as is, PRP gel involves two extra steps. These include the activation of the plasma with a small amount of calcium which shapes the PRP into a more viscous, malleable substance. This is then followed by a short incubation process. PRP Gel is used to treat ageing in the form of volume loss and skin laxity. It is injected sub-dermally and acts as a pillar of support for ageing, thinning skin. It is used to treat common concerns such as hollowness, dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles, among many others. It also aids in treating skin that is dehydrated, crepey, thinning or sagging.
Benefits of PRP Gel
The benefit of PRP Gel as opposed to standard PRP is that it is longer-lasting, provides filler-like results, and
continues to improve the quality of the treated skin over the course of months (previously unheard of in any other type of filler). This means that the overall appearance and physiological health of the skin and underlying tissues will still be benefiting months after treatment, even after visual appearance of the gel has subsided.
Typical hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers that are currently found on the market are usually synthetic, non-animal products manufactured in a lab. The benefit of PRP gel as opposed to your standard market HA fillers is that PRP is a more natural solution involving the patients own blood components. This means that unlike HA fillers, the risk of autoimmune reactions is extremely slim, as the body is able to recognise its own tissue. The only other component that may be considered foreign is the small amount of anti-coagulant used to help prevent the blood from clotting during the separation of the blood components.
– Natural, safe and effective
– Immediate and long-lasting results
– Rejuvenative and anti-ageing treatment
– Stimulates collagen and elastin production
– Quick process with minimal down-time
How does PRP Gel work?
The patients blood is separated via centrifugal force and the plasma is withdrawn. Plasma is rich in potent growth factors, encapsulated in platelets. It is the increase in bioavailability and sustained release of these growth factors that renew and replenish skin cells. Calcium is added to the patients plasma
and a chemical reaction occurs allowing growth-factors to be released from their platelets. It is these growth factors that stimulate collagen, fibrin, and elastin within the skin. Studies show that PRP Gel acts as a fibrin lattice/matrix that holds suspended platelets that slowly release their growth factors over time. This is shown to promote new vessel growth and increased collagen synthesis, resulting in an improvement in soft tissue and a reduction in wrinkles.
Research shows that PRP Gel causes contraction of cells known as myofibrobrlasts which cause the skin to strengthen and tighten, alleviating wrinkles at the treated site. There is also evidence that PRP Gel enhances the body’s own, natural HA production. The entire process can be done in one treatment session, and each person yields approximately 3-6mL of PRP gel.
How long does PRP Gel last?
The effects are immediate and can last up to 6 months post-treatment. It is recommended to review at 1 month intervals. PRP gel is best viewed as a long-term investment into the prevention of premature ageing, and maintenance of youthful, plump skin. Its focus is on extended period skin rejuvenation, maintaining and enhancing soft plump skin while prolonging and minimising the signs and manifestations of ageing.
The patient is numbed using topical anaesthetic before the treatment is commenced. While the injections may cause some discomfort, patients report feeling very little throughout the treatment. Mild pressure and tugging of the skin is most commonly cited by patients, both of which are pain-free.
While there may be some bruising and/or swelling post procedure, there is no real significant down-time. Patients are advised to leave 2-weeks post-treatment before an event for efficient healing and recovery time. The effects of PRP gel are immediate.
There are very few contraindications for PRP gel treatment. Patients must be of optimal health free of any chronic/acute infections. The patient must be feeling fit and healthy on the day, and must reschedule if they have the flu or are feeling under the weather. Patients receiving chemotherapy treatment unfortunately cannot receive PRP gel. If in doubt, please consult with your clinician.
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