As the name suggests, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy works by using plasma, the liquid component of our blood. Plasma has proven to be effective in the treatment of burns, sporting/joint injuries, skin injuries and hair loss. PRP is becoming more well-known following reports of high profile sports stars and celebrities having treatments ranging from skin rejuvenation to sports injuries.
What PRP can do for you
PRP is an effective anti-ageing procedure. It can be used for treating:
- Dark circles under the eyes.
- Fine lines
- Volume loss in the face, neck and hands
What the treatment involves
In PRP therapy, the plasma is harvested from the patient’s own blood. A small amount of blood – usually around 10 – 20 ml – is taken from the patient and spun in a centrifuge. This separates the useful components needed for the treatment. In particular, separated platelets are rich in natural growth factors that stimulate cells to promote tissue growth and produce collagen. After applying a local anaesthetic, plasma, rich in these platelets is injected into the areas that require treatment. This is done using either a very fine needle or a micro-needling device. When PRP enters the skin. It stimulates surrounding cells to start the healing cascade. This in turn encourages tissue growth and the production of collagen, helping rejuvenation and adding volume to the skin.