Platelet Rich Plasma Injection (PRP) : medical treatment
Platelet Rich Plasma is an innovative approach to tissue regeneration. PRP is an autologous concentrated preparation of platelets and their associated growth factors contained in a small amount of plasma. Platelets are a natural source of a multitude of growth drivers in their natural ratio and biologically determined.
Therapeutic effects of PRP
PRP is intended to improve physical healing and rapid regeneration of soft and hard tissues by freeing up higher concentrations of growth drivers in the treated area.
Autologous cell regeneration and bio-stimulation of dermal cells by intradermal or sub-cutaneous injection is activated by injection of the patient’s own PRP.
The activated platelets free up growth drivers which stimulate the migration and proliferation of stem cells which become mature cells (with specific functions).
PRP and skin rejuvenation
PRP leads to a slowing down of the ageing process and to regeneration by stimulating:
– The spread of fibroblasts
– The differentiation and spread of stem cells
– Neocollagenesis and the formation of the extracellular matrix
– Angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels)
What happens during the PRP session?
During a blood sample, the blood is collected in a specific sterile kit which is then centrifuged.
This centrifugal force separates the PRP (yellow) from the rest of the blood.
It is injected in the same way as classic mesotherapy.
Indications (uses) for PRP treatment
– Venous ulcers, or pressure ulcers.
– Skin grafts.
– First or second degree thermal burns.
– Light, superficial wounds and surgical wounds.
– Hair loss – PRP stimulates dormant hair follicles and hair growth.
– Facial rejuvenation = improvement of lines, skin tone and texture, improvement of signs of sun ageing.
– Surgical scarring.
Not suitable when and side effects
The autologous nature of PRP eliminates any potential transmission of infection, and minimises the possible secondary effects, which might appear as light bruising, aches, swelling or infections. The skin must be disinfected before carrying out the PRP injection.
It’s not suitable when :
– Pregnant or breast feeding.
– Suffering from auto immune blood conditions.
– Suffering from cancer.
NSAID pain relief must be avoided 48 hours before and after the PRP injection.