FACIAL REJUVENATION WITH YOUR OWN
CELLS PLATELET-RICH PLASMA (PRP)
Regenerative Medicine is PLATELET-RICH PLASMA (PRP) and/or Autologous
Cellular Rejuvenation (ACR)
THE NEW TREATMENT IN BIOLOGICAL DERMAL REJUVENATION
Ageing of the skin, dermal components and cells, means that the skin texture and appearance deteriorate. Ageing affects the hands and soft tissue of the face. This is characterised by sagging, jowls, thinning of the skin, puffiness, agespots (lentigines) and wrinkling (forehead, cheeks, neck and décoletté). Skin texture changes and dryness is a problem. Sun exposure worsens the process by solar-ageing and UV irridation. This means that vertical and horizontal facial and body wrinkles deteriorate with time.
Most people, of both genders, choose to age gracefully. However, in the era of anti-ageing medicine, the tendency is to turn back the clock and undergo some form of rejuvenation to reduce facial wrinkles, lines and blemishes. For decades, rejuvenation of the face by surgical face-lift has been popular. Today, more non-invasive treatments are available to improve the skin complexion of the ageing face. This is beacuse people want to look better with as little as possible down time. Although a quick-fix is not possible for severe wrinkles, there are newer treatment options available to slow down the ageing aspects that affect the face, neck décoletté and the back of the hands. For decades the backbone of facial rejuvenation has been massage, facials and Cosmeceutical including moisturisers, sunscreens, micro-dremabrasion, serums and foundation cosmetics. Botulinum and dermal fillers have also become popular. Currently, popular methods to rejuvenate, tighten and resurface the face include radiofrequency, non-ablative photothermolysis, IPL’s and light-emitting diode (LED) phototherapy. Also popular is combination therapy consisting of IPL, laser and Cosmeceutical, including vitamin A derivatives. However whatever option is used, the ageing process cannot be prevented and skin improvement by these treatments is gradual, subtle, modest and variable.
PLATELET-RICH PLASMA (PRP): YOUR OWN ENRICHED PLASMA IN REGENERATIVE MEDICINE AS ANTI-AGEING TREATMENT
A new approach, appealing to clients seeking a more natural method to facial rejuvenation, is regeneration with your own cells and more specifically, autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP). This is also referred to as autogous cellular regeneration (ACR) an aesthetic practice, which is a safe and tolerable procedure.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been utilised in aesthetic medicine (UK, Japan, Asia and Europe) to rejuvenate and slow down the ageing process and face (2006). This refers to mesenchymal and epithelial rejuvenation by application of the persona own enriched autologous plasma. Recently, ACR-PRP has been pioneered for the facial rejuvenation in select patients with chronological ageing, and solar damage. Regeneration ot anti-ageing by biological stimulation of resident stem cells by growth factors.
Science supports the use of PRP for the augmentation and regeneration of hard and soft tissues. PRP is the source of concentrated platelet content present in blood. Apart from assisting blood clotting, platelets also release growth factors that assist the human body to repair itself by stimulating cells to regenerate new tissue. Today, platelet rich plasma can easily be separated from blood, through a process of centrifugation. Using your enriched plasma permits the body to heal faster and more efficiently. Because your plasma (autologous) is used, there is no danger of disease transmission anaphylaxis or neoplasia. In general medicine, platelet transfusion is common practice in treating blood platelet disorders, including very low counts associated with bleeding.
Case studies reported in Europe, England, Asia, Japan and South Africa have demonstrated consistent rejuvenation of facial ageing, including wrinkling in persons with modest grades of photo – or chronological ageing. Patient selection is important and skin diseases have to be excluded. Improvement of skin texture and tone can be expected, these features are noticeable within 3 weeks, and the process can be enhanced by addition of appropriate Cosmeceutical. Benefits include non-allergenic properties and ease of administration.
So, REGENERATIVE MEDICINE is the production and injection of autologous platelet rich plasma.
It is well known that platelets have many functions.
Platelets contain important growth factors that, when secreted, are responsible for:
- Tissue regeneration and rejuvenation
- Increasing collagen production
- Recruiting other cells to the site of the injury
- Initialising vascular in-growth
- Inducing cell differentiation
- Extra cellular matrix formation
- It is a ‘body own’ physiological product vs. animal derived or human donor products.
- Elimination of donor transmissible infections
- Biological Glue: for tissue adhesion especially in skin flaps, bone grafts and trauma
These are vital steps in collagen regeneration and wound healing.
THE PROCESS IS –
- SAFE and Physiologically Active.
- Preparation is simple and quick, and completed on the Physicians premises in the appointment time. No products are sent off premises.
- Can be used in multiple areas of dermal rejuvenation.
Prior to treatment a blood sample of 10-20 mls is extracted from the patient. This blood is immediately placed in the centrifuge for 5-8 minutes.
When centrifugation is complete your Plasma will be separated into three layers:
(1) platelet – poor plasma, (2) red blood cells, and (3) the ‘buffy coat’ (i.e. platelets and white blood cells) from your red blood cells.
The rich platelets are extracted from the base of the plasma gel. The platelets are injected into the deep dermis or fat layer of the skin. Platelets gradually increase collagen which can increase skin thickness and overall health of the skin.
HOW LONG IS THE PROCEDURE FROM START TO FINISH?
Approx 45 minutes to 1 hour per two test tubes.
WHICH FACIAL AND BODY AREAS CAN BE TREATED?
- Around the eyes – Peri Orbital Rim
- Cheeks and Mid face
- Thinning skin on the neck
- Jaw Line and Sub Malar
- Back of hands
- Other Body Areas