PRP for Skin Rejuvenation
Looking for a more natural/non-chemical way to improve your skin condition?
In aesthetics, we often focus on the hottest trend, latest technology or chemical compound that have the potential to transform our skin and rewind the clock to bring back the younger and more energised look. But sometimes, going back to a natural and time-honoured treatment method is exactly what you need.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) has been used for a variety of indications for more than 25 years. Currently, close to 10,000 references can be found on PubMed, using the search term platelet-rich plasma. These various applications have given rise to considerable interest in the use of PRP in facial rejuvenation and other aesthetic applications. It has been demonstrated that PRP contains several growth factors, cell adhesion molecules and various cytokines, and could, therefore, play a role in fibroblast activation and type I collagen expression in human fibroblasts.
What is Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) and how is it processed?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a natural product and treatment created from your own body. It is believed to have the effect of rejuvenating the skin by injecting your own plasma under your dermis to stimulate cell growth and collagen production. And has become quite a sought-after non-surgical procedure. It promises to improve complexion and texture and restore lost facial volume.
- Most of our blood is made up of plasma but it also contains many rich components including red and white blood cells and platelets.
- Platelets help our blood to clot, and they also contain countless proteins called growth factors which are key to helping injuries heal.
- The key to the PRP treatment is to harness the platelets in the blood by drawing a blood sample and then process it using a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the other parts of the blood.
- Once we have this plasma with concentrated platelets (hence the name, platelet-rich plasma), it can be re-administered into your skin for several forms of treatment.
The black circle indicates a cluster of platelets. PRP is defined as small volume of plasma with a significant platelet concentration
Centrifuge – External View
Centrifuge – Internal View
What can Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treat?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has generally been used in two main areas:
- Medical Treatment:
- Injuries caused by intensive sports such as ski/snowboarding, basketball etc – sprained knees, tendonitis
- Arthritis in joints – knees, elbows, fingers etc
- Cosmetic Treatment:
- Improve skin condition and promote skin rejuvenation.
- In case you weren’t aware, PRP can also be used to promote new hair growth!
Regen Lab - PRP & Cell Therapy Specialist
At Star Beauty, we focus on doing 110% for our customers/patients in order to achieve the best results possible. And this is only achievable by not cutting corners and use one of highest quality medical equipment and consumables when performing our in-house procedures.
Regen Lab is our chosen vendor for PRP procedures, this company is a well established and reuptable Swiss manufacturer of Class II & III medical devices for autologous blood cell preparations, hyaluronic acid, adipose tissue and bone marrow cell extracts.
Since 2003, Regen Lab has been committed to the development of a unique expertise for the design and manufacturing of high-quality medical devices, intended for cells therapies and for the preparation of autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from the patient’s own blood, to be used in bedside procedures.
- The A-PRP prepared with the Regen BCT device has a very low level of contaminants.
- Red blood cells are removed at 99.7 %.
- The white blood cell level is drastically reduced, with a preferential depletion (96.7 %) of the pro- inflammatory granulocytes. The remaining white blood cells are mostly lymphocytes and monocytes.
*BCT stands for Blood Cell Therapy
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ）
How is PRP therapy performed?
PRP involves taking blood from a vein in the arm and placing it into a special centrifuge. The platelets are separated from the rest of the components of the blood. The platelets are combined with a special substrate to enhance the effects. This is then injected into the required area to achieve the desirable results.
Am I suitable for for PRP?
A consultation is required before any treatment may take place. The consultation includes a review of your current health condition, medical history and if required additional tests may be conducted or ordered.
Once all the pre-procedure work is completed, Dr Mira will advise you whether she or not PRP is suitable for you.
Is PRP painful?
A needle is used to draw blood from a vein in the arm initially and then small needles are used to perform the actual injections.
While everyone’s tolerance level to pain varies, some patients may experience mild discomfort while others may report moderate level of discomfortable from PRP injections.
How many injections will I need?
Patients usually will see results soon after the procedure (sometimes, results can be seen almost immediately after the procedure). However, PRP often will be gradually absorbed by our body over time. It is very common for patients needing more than one injection (2 or 3 usually) after receiving the initial injection.
How long does PRP take to perform?
Depending on the number of areas being treated, most procedures will be completed in 30 – 45 minutes.
What are the possible side effects?
As with any type of injection, there is a small risk of infection, injury to blood vessels and risk of bleeding.
Please discuss with our physician the suitability and timing of PRP injection especially if you have any sickness or fever before coming to the to the consultation.
Your consultant at Star Beauty can provide all the details you need to make an informed decision about the procedure. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation!