Regen PRP is gaining a loyal following with burgeoning new applications in skin rejuvenation and post-surgery healing.
Today more and more people are turning to Regen PRP for facial rejuvenation, attracted by the possibility of drawing on their body’s own natural resources.
Given that platelets in the blood play a key role in the body’s natural wound-healing response, the role of platelet rich plasma (PRP) in skin rejuvenation, either standalone or in conjunction with procedures such as laser and injectables, is gaining a loyal following among aesthetic practitioners for its ability to rejuvenate and smooth the skin.
However PRP extends well beyond skin rejuvenation. The tissue-repairing effects and the various kinds of growth factors released by PRP regenerate tissue, and a growing body of literature is reporting its ability to help tissues heal after certain types of surgery.
Cosmetic surgeon Dr Mark Attalla from Chelsea Cosmetics in Victoria has been using Regen PRP for both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. ‘I’ve had some great results using PRP to help improve tear troughs under the eyes, nasolabial folds and for overall skin rejuvenation, as well as before stem cell (fat transplant) procedures to improve the survival of the cells after transplant,’ he says.
What can Regen PRP treat?
As well as being used as a primary procedure to tighten the skin and address fine lines, Regen PRP can be used to complement other facial rejuvenation procedures such as laser resurfacing, dermal fillers or anti-wrinkle injections.
PRP injections are known to stimulate fibroblasts, which can be useful when preparing the skin for surgery, as well as after surgery to facilitate healing and help reduce scars.
Plastic surgeon Dr Mihaela Lefter from Brisbane Waters Private Hospital in NSW has been using PRP for five years and describes it as a healing material that optimises surgical results and delivers high patient satisfaction. ‘I mainly use Regen PRP to enhance the results of facelifts, fat grafting for breast reconstruction, and scarring,’ says Dr Lefter.
‘You cannot perform a surgical facelift without the preparation of the skin and most patients are not aware of this. So I found that PRP could be used before a facelift procedure (usually two months before) both to prep the skin (as it has an incredible healing effect) and to give the patient confidence before undergoing a facelift.’
‘I then use Regen PRP during the facelift surgery (usually mid-face and neck) and then again after the surgery from 6 to 8 months. Usually my patients will have three PRP sessions in the first year, with one session a year to maintain the results.’
‘I have been using PRP for many surgical and cosmetic reasons. I use PRP in treating medical skin conditions such as severe eczema and Lichen sclerosis with great results. PRP helps to reduce the inflammation and has a great effect on atrophic skin of dermatitis patients,’ says Dr Attalla.
‘Also I have used PRP in fat/stem cell transplant, acne scars, female pattern hair loss, impotence in men and lack of orgasm in females. There are many research works on the effect of PRP in reducing incontinence and in improving sexual sensation in both sexes,’ he says.
What is involved?
Platelet Rich Plasma is used to describe blood plasma with a higher concentration of platelets than the patient’s baseline. Platelets are components of blood that are integral in blood clotting and tissue repair. These concentrated platelets contain special proteins that are not only pivotal in the repair and regeneration of tissues but also in initiating new blood vessel formation and connective tissue repair. This stimulates new collagen and hyaluronic acid production, improving skin health and creating a more vibrant appearance.
For skin rejuvenation, Dr Attalla says, ‘The ideal Regen PRP candidate is middle-aged with mild to moderate degree of skin ageing or sun damaged skin.’
Treatment typically lasts about 40 minutes and involves taking two small tubes of blood from the patient. The blood is first centrifuged to concentrate and separate the plasma and cells. The concentrated plasma is then injected into the target area in small amounts using a very thin needle, so the process involves minimal discomfort. Numbing cream can also be used to make the procedure as comfortable as possible.
RegenLab’s gentle harvesting ensures viable dense platelets are captured that, in turn, release abundant growth factors in an orchestrated manner.
There may be some swelling and bruising at the injection points after the procedure, however this generally subsides overnight.
Results are gradual, taking about two to three months for full effects to become clearly visible, however, improvement in skin texture, tone and hydration is usually visible within a few weeks. ‘Results usually last for two years and patients will typically come back for a top-up treatment in a year’s time to maintain the results,’ says Dr Attalla.
The benefits of Regen PRP
Regen PRP therapy is achieving great things in aesthetic medicine, most notably a younger looking and more luminous complexion. It provides gradual, natural-looking results for patients who want the complete package.
Regen PRP treatments work on all three layers of the skin – the epidermal, dermal and subdermal layers – so skin appears fresh and more youthful looking with improved quality and texture.
According to Dr Attalla, ‘Regen platelets have a higher content of growth factors than other products. I have been achieving excellent results when I use PRP before fat/stem cells transplant in the breasts, buttocks and the face, for acne scarring, after laser, as well as for treating impotence in males and incontinence and lack of orgasm in females.’
With a high level of patient satisfaction and minimal downtime, Regen PRP is the proven approach, appealing to patients seeking an increased and natural method to rejuvenation.
‘I am seeing some really good results in the improvement of deep wrinkles. I have had some great patient feedback with some of my patients deciding that after two months of microdermabrasion and Regen PRP, they no longer wish to have a facelift,’ says Dr Lefter.
‘I think it’s a holistic thing; they notice some big changes in their skin – the tone, texture, no more blemishes and less lines and wrinkles. People like the fact that they can go back to work and their colleagues won’t notice that they’ve had anything done – they just compliment them on how glowing or healthy they look,’ says Dr Lefter.
‘PRP is becoming a very popular skin rejuvenation treatment,’ says Dr Attalla. ‘Patients can see great and gradual natural results with minimal downtime.’
‘I was actually pushed by my patients to start performing PRP treatments,’ says Dr Lefter. ‘I wasn’t convinced at first – because I’m a plastic surgeon I like to see results straight away, but sometimes results can take a bit of time. Regen PRP results are subtle and natural looking and I have some really happy patients.’
Whether it is skin rejuvenation, hair loss, fat transfer or wound healing pre or post-surgery, Regen PRP possesses a beneficial and exciting effect for a wide range of different indications within the specialty of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Be sure to ask your practitioner for the TGA approved PRP harvesting system.
A natural approach to rejuvenation
The natural healing power of the body is captured with Regen PRP, a treatment that seeks to restore lost volume and rejuvenate the skin in all layers using the patient’s own platelet cells. As we age, a depletion in collagen, elastin and blood supply occurs and is represented in the formation of deep lines, wrinkles and dehydrated skin. Regen PRP therapy uses the patient’s own cells to refresh the complexion, providing overall rejuvenation by repairing the quality of the skin and restoring plumpness to fine lines, scarring and crêpey skin.
Regen PRP treatments work on all three layers of the skin – the epidermal, dermal and subdermal layers – so the face not only appears fresh and more youthful looking but is also improved in its skin quality and texture. This is especially apparent in those who have had PRP injections underneath the eyes and around the neck area, two areas which are hard to correct non-surgically and respond well to PRP therapy.
The term ‘PRP’ is used to describe blood plasma with a high concentration of platelets. Platelets are components of blood that are integral in blood clotting and tissue repair. These concentrated platelets contain special proteins that are not only pivotal in the repair and regeneration of tissues but also in initiating new blood vessel formation and connective tissue repair. This stimulates new collagen and hyaluronic acid production, improving skin health and creating a more vibrant appearance.