Blood contains three important components – red blood cells, white blood cells, and plasma. PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma, which is obtained from the blood of a person. To get the same, blood sample is taken and placed in a centrifuge, which is then spun at a high speed to separate the blood cells from the Platelet Rich Plasma. PRP is then injected to the required part of the face or body for skin rejuvenation. PRP therapy is also used for treating joint pain, hair loss and other medical conditions.
What is the procedure?
PRP therapy requires the blood of the patient, which is usually anything between 10 and 30 ml. Once the Platelet Rich Plasma has separated from the blood, it is then injected to the targeted areas. In some cases, local anesthesia is used, but in general, Autologous Platelet Rich Plasma (A-PRP) injections are considered to be safe. For injecting the PRP, injection by U-225 shotgun or microneedling is used. One session can last for 30 minutes to an hour, and most patients need at least two sessions, with gap of four to six weeks in between.
Are there any side effects?
Well, PRP uses plasma from your own blood, so you don’t have to worry about any allergic reaction. Most patients do feel some warmth after the treatment, and you may seem some form of redness and swelling, which should subside over the next 72 hours. Since a patient may need many injections for the targeted regions, bruising is quite common. Your doctor will usually advise you against alcohol and most common anti-inflammatory medications.
Should I consider PRP therapy?
If you want to réduire les rides du visage, PRP therapy is an ideal choice. It is not like a facelift or some of the complicated invasive procedures. However, it is not recommended for people with deep wrinkles. In principle, PRP therapy helps in improving the texture, tone and elasticity of the skin and also boosts the production of cells that stimulate the synthesis of collagen. You may see instant change in your face, as it may plump up and feel fuller, but for collagen boost, you must wait for about three months.
Not all clinics specialize in PRP therapy, so check the options and choose one wisely. Ask all relevant questions and costs before giving the nod, as this is a cosmetic procedure not covered under insurance.