PRP – Everything you need to know about this method
What is PRP?
PRP is the abbreviation for Platelet Rich Plasma. This is a very popular treatment in cosmetic medicine because it is completely natural, and practically without the risk of allergic reactions.
Blood is taken from the patient’s veins to get the PRP serum. Then, the blood is put in the tubes with a thrombocyte separator and activator and it is centrifuged for about 10 minutes. During this process, the red blood cells fall on the bottom of the tube, and serum with concentrated thrombocytes remain on the top. Thrombocytes attract a large number of growth factors that regenerate the skin by stimulating collagen and elastin synthesis.
What is achieved by PRP treatment?
PRP treatment had multiple effects:
- It reduces the depth of smaller wrinkles.
- It tightens the skin and gives it tightness.
- It enhances skin hydration.
- It enhances the skin tone and texture.
- It reduces redness.
- It decreases the visibility of scars.
- It decreases the saggy look of the skin on the neck and cleavage.
- It decreases the visibility of under-eyes.
Is the preparation needed for the PRP treatment?
The preparation for the PRP treatment includes taking the patient’s blood from the arterial vein, in the same way as for any other blood analysis.
How is the PRP treatment done and what will you feel during the procedure?
First, the skin is thoroughly cleaned, and then a topical anesthetic in the form of a cream is applied to make the whole process painless for the patient. Thanks to the anesthetic, you will not feel pain while the serum is injected into the skin with thin needles. You might feel light tingling in the really sensitive areas around eyes and lips, though.
Are there any side effects of the PRP method?
Just after the treatment, the face is red, swollen, and sensitive to touch, and bruises might appear. Those are normal reactions of the skin, which should not concern you as they will subside in 2-4 days.
When will the results be visible?
The formation of collagen takes time, so the results of the PRP treatment are not immediately visible. The full effect is achieved after 3 treatments that are repeated at intervals of 4-6 months.
How long do the effects last?
The effects of PRP effects are more long-lasting than those of dermal fillers such as Hyaluronic acid. They are visible for a year to two years. However, to maintain the effect it is recommended to repeat the treatment annually.
What should you do after the treatment and what not?
It is recommended to drink about 2 liters of water daily after the PRP treatment and make sure to put the cream with a high protective factor on the face. The surgeon will also recommend the hydrating cream.
After the PRP treatment:
- Do not expose yourself to very high and very low temperatures for the first 72 hours (hair blow, sauna, jacuzzi, tanning bed, and such)
- Warm baths are prohibited for the first 24 hours.
- Avoid intense physical efforts for at least 2 days after the treatment.
- Avoid alcohol drinks for the first 2 days after the treatment because alcohol influences thrombocytes negatively.
- Do not take aspirin and ibuprofen because they affect the activation of thrombocytes and reduce the effect of the treatment.
Who must not undergo the PRP treatment?
Most of us are candidates for the PRP treatment, but they are not recommended for people who:
- have diseases such as Hepatitis C, HIV, chronic kidney and liver diseases, autoimmune diseases of the musculoskeletal system
- suffer from cancer and leukemia
- are taking anticoagulant therapy
- have taken corticosteroids for the last 4-6 weeks.
With which treatment does PRP combine well?
PRP treatment best combines with mesotherapy and Hyaluronic acid fillers. The PRP and mesotherapy together stimulate the natural mechanism of skin regeneration in the long run, while the HA fillers give momentary effects.
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