Dr William Wu shares his insight into treating Asian skin with one of the superstars of rejuvenation, Regen PRP.
In the past, practitioners were very hesitant, even nervous, about treating Asian skin due to the fear of causing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) or worse. However, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) offers a breakthrough in facial rejuvenation for all skin types, including Asian skin.
Regenerative medicine is a new way of thinking. Using your own blood cells, PRP by RegenLab is a reliable and effective way to rejuvenate the appearance and reverse the signs of ageing on all skin types.
While there is a range of treatment modalities out there, Regen PRP is a little different in that it uses your body’s own natural resources to regenerate tissue and blood vessels, improving skin texture and tone from within, without looking overdone.
Sydney Dr William Wu from Ciao Beauty in Sydney’s CBD has been using Regen PRP in his clinic for some time and says results have been impressive, with patients showing signs of skin tightening and improved skin texture and tone, with less fine lines and wrinkles.
Dr Wu says Regen PRP is extremely popular among his Asian clientele. “I have had extensive experience with Regen PRP, treating about 1,400 patients per year, mostly for Asian clients,” he says.
Asian skin is unique in that it tends to have a thicker dermal layer and a higher concentration of collagen. Asian skin has a more compact epidermis, and it also tends to produce more pigmentation. This excess production of melanin commonly results in brown spots, especially at the site of any injury, which do not resolve easily.
It is therefore essential that Asian patients choose their anti-ageing treatments and procedures wisely in order to achieve the best possible outcome while reducing potential complications such as PIH.
“I find that one of the main advantages of PRP compared with other anti-ageing treatment options, such as laser peel and the like, is the significantly lower incidence of PIH. This reduced incidence is well supported by clinical literature.
“My patients also like the fact that it is a ‘natural’ and autologous procedure, ie it uses the patient’s own blood plasma to deliver quality platelets and growth factors.”
The big buzz around Regen PRP
There has been an explosive response to Regen PRP for a reason. It is truly the first of its kind and is such a versatile treatment that it extends well beyond skin rejuvenation (it has its origins in treating sports injuries in elite athletes). The tissue-repairing effects and the growth factors released by PRP regenerate tissue like no other.
Regen PRP treatments work on all three layers of the skin – epidermal, dermal and subdermal – so skin appears fresher and younger with improved quality and texture. The treatment is backed by a series of clinical studies that have shown significant improvement in skin sagging/firmness, as well as a plumpness and radiance to the skin.
Regen PRP can work in several ways, depending on the application and the target area (it has an extremely widespread application and is used for everything from skin anti-ageing to hair restoration, to name just a couple).
“In my clinic I mainly use Regen PRP for overall skin rejuvenation and more specifically for the treatment of acne and acne scars. Regen PRP also appears to have a skin lightening effect on a lot of my patients,” says Dr Wu.
“The feedback from my patients has been excellent, with some claiming that it is the best treatment they have ever had for their skin.”
Improvement is usually noticed in about
three weeks, with a series of two to three treatments generally required for optimal results.
“Depending on what we are looking to improve, I suggest repeating the treatment anywhere between one to six months. The regeneration and remodelling of skin tissue actually continues to improve for up to 12 months after each session.”
So what does the procedure involve? Generally two small vials of blood taken, which is placed in a specialised Regen PRP centrifuge that separates the platelets from the blood. This is then put in a syringe and re-injected into the target areas, little by little, using a very thin needle.
The whole process is quite quick and typically involves minimal discomfort. Any swelling will usually subside overnight and any bruising disappears after a few days.
“In my opinion, there are no other treatment options that match Regen PRP,” says Dr Wu.
“I definitely think regenerative medicine such as Regen PRP will be the future of rejuvenation and will replace a lot of cosmetic injections we perform currently.”