The human body carries within itself the incredible capability to self-heal. In response to injury, a complex set of inner processes is initiated. As ageing occurs and/or in response to certain health or medical conditions this process can become impaired. This may result in a delayed or inadequate healing response. Enter Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
PRP allows for targeted rejuvenation from which the power of repair is wholly derived from effectively harnessing the body’s own healing capacity. The discovery and research of platelets has fuelled a host of innovative treatments. These healing-centred medical applications can be found in the field of orthopaedics, ophthalmology, infertility, inflammation, chronic pain and more.
Aesthetic-uses include dermatological rejuvenation, scar reduction and hair re-growth.
The Healing Cascade & the Power of Platelets
Inflammation, cell proliferation, and tissue regeneration are the fundamental Healing Cascade principles at work following damage occurring to tissue. PRP acts to biologically enhance this chain of events.
How? Platelets serve as the structural foundation upon which tissue regenerates itself. They possess the amazing ability to literally become the cells required by the tissue which they are assisting. They also call other platelets to the site just by their very presence.
Platelets contain two types of storage granules, when these become activated the elements are released to assist healing. This comprises of factors required for initial coagulation, energy transfer and intracellular communication. It also includes cytokine cell signallers that regulate function along with up to 30 multiple growth factors.
PRP can contain up to 8x the normal concentrations of the helpful and healing components compared with that of normal blood plasma.
Advantages of PRP
Fresh well-healed tissue has multiple advantages. Within dermal aesthetics the PRP treatment benefits are not limited to:
• increased speed of recovery following treatments,
• improved internal skin structure via boosted Collagen and Elastin,
• reduced surface blemishes for enhanced dermal tone and texture,
• enhanced cellular function,
• longer lasting results.
How PRP Therapy is Performed
PRP Therapy is a straightforward medical procedure completed within an hour, often less. An initial consultation will evaluate whether treatment is poised to be beneficial and applicable for an individual.
The procedure itself begins with a patient’s blood being drawn, this blood is then processed with a centrifuge device. During this process, the desired platelet rich plasma (PRP) is separated from the other blood components. Concentrated PRP is then injected according to targeted objective directives.
Once delivered directly to the treatment site, it begins it’s vital work. The quality of the PRP serum created can be affected by clinical processes; an experienced medical practitioner is key.
Can PRP be combined with other Treatments?
Yes, PRP Therapy can be used as a solitary treatment or it can be combined with other aesthetic staples such as Chemical Peels and Dermal Fillers. It is often thought of as complementary treatment as it pairs well with other treatments. Use is determined by indications to be treated.
While each individual treatment differs, generally speaking PRP allows for a simple and quick recovery. Doctor’s instructions will clarify care-protocols of the treated area, but no scheduled downtime is required (if not linked with injury repair).
When PRP is utilized for Medical Aesthetic uses, one should note that skin may feel tight and redness may occur. Cosmetic and product use must be curtailed for around 72 hours during which special care should be taken to avoid UV exposure. Expect results from 1 week, with full results to be expected within two or three months’ time.
Is PRP Safe?
PRP is considered to be both effective and safe. Research first began in the 1970’s and PRP found its earliest applications in surgery during the 1980’s. In the 1990’s it began being used primarily in the musculoskeletal field and with soft tissue injury.
When found to aid professional athletes recovering from sports injuries it attracted significant attention. [Source 1 & 2] Since the initial research, science has demonstrated PRP Therapy to contain multiple dermatological and aesthetic benefits.
PRP is a valid low-risk treatment for the majority of individuals as no foreign substance is added. However, certain medical conditions or diseases make PRP inadvisable. These include certain types of metastatic cancers, blood diseases, and allergies.
Treatment through needles carry a small infection rate which is nevertheless best to note. Any infection may require oral antibiotics or intervention. For this reason, PRP Therapy is not recommended while pregnant. Determining whether or not PRP is a safe and good option for you requires a Doctor-consultation.
Who Performs PRP
PRP can only be performed by a medical practitioner. It is wise to choose a Doctor with considerable experience and a professional knowledge of the therapies uses. They will need to have the correct medical equipment and a solid understanding of best practice techniques for PRP Therapy.
Meet the Doctor; Anton Potgieter is a board-certified Cosmetic Surgeon based in Sandton. His compassionate, informed medical advice will assist in ascertaining your medical and aesthetic options. Schedule an appointment today.
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