All you need to know about PRP

PRP

Regen PRP rejuvenates from the inside out, improving skin tone, texture and radiance.

Often dubbed “The Vampire Facelift” (which is actually a trademarked procedure by Dr Charles Runels from the US using HA fillers) Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is one of the most increasingly sought after rejuvenation treatments around the world.

It draws – quite literally – on the patient’s own blood by re-injecting higher concentrations of blood platelets which release growth factors to the treatment site. These growth factors “speak the language” of stem cells, and kick-start rejuvenation from the inside out. The end result? Increased collagen production and thicker, smoother and more supple skin.

PRP: The story

PRP was propelled into public spotlight in 2011, when it was rumoured Angelina Jolie had received the treatment to boost collagen in her face. But the technology had been around long before then.

PRP has been used for decades in different medical arenas – from sports medicine to helping treat osteoarthritis. RegenLabPRP was the first to market PRP in the Australian aesthetic arena in 2007. Now, with 53 clinical studies backing it, RegenLabPRP is a proven PRP system using optimal concentrations and offering consistent results.

PRP: The product

Platelet Rich Plasma is blood plasma enriched with a higher concentration of platelets. When this plasma is from the patient’s own blood, it is called autologous PRP.

These platelets contain a cocktail of beneficial ingredients, such as growth factors and cytokines that cause a cascade of anti-ageing activity after being re-injected back into the skin.

Specifically, growth factors are involved in stem cell migration, differentiation and proliferation, as well as stimulation of fibroblasts and endothelial cells to induce new collagen and blood vessel formation.

As well as the platelets, the plasma itself contains many factors that are essential for cell survival. These include nutrients, vitamins, hormones, electrolytes and proteins. There are also essential molecules to help build a scaffolding for the formation and migration of
new cells.

PRP: The procedure

Step one in treatment with Regen PRP is an accurate and thorough assessment of the patient’s problem area, which guides the treatment plan. Then the patient’s PRP is injected intra and subdermally into the treatment area. Typically, multiple treatments are required to achieve the best results – usually three treatments at four weeks apart.

Once the desired results have been achieved, the patient can expect to retain the results for 12 months before requiring a top-up treatment.

Concentration matters

Using an optimal concentration of platelets is key to securing results in PRP treatment. And, surprisingly, a higher concentration is not directly correlated to the extent of the result. For example, one study by Rappl et al. (2011) found platelet concentrations closer to the natural physiological concentrations showed better wound-healing results than higher concentrations.

According to the study results: ‘Those methods with a lower concentration of platelets – at one to three times the baseline – showed more robust healing rates than those with highest concentrations of three to eight times the baseline.’

The release of growth factors

According to Solange Vischer, RegenLab’s product manager based in Switzerland, the difference between RegenLab PRP and other serums on the market is the way the growth factors are released following injection.

‘In RegenLabPRP most of the growth factors are in the platelets, not the plasma,’ Vischer explains. ‘These growth factors will be released at the site of injection in an orchestrated manner by the platelets, thus providing the right dose and the right growth factor cocktail at the right time of tissue reconstruction.’

In RegenLabPRP, the platelets within the serum haven’t been activated until after they’re injected into the skin tissue. They have a life span of seven to 10 days, releasing growth factors at optimal times for an extended, long-term result.

PRP is a powerful and effective solution to anti-ageing. It harness the patient’s own blood to trigger real change in the skin at a cellular level. It boosts the production of new collagen, and provides the scaffolding for newly plumped contours and a smooth, radiant complexion.

Be sure to check your physician is using an approved PRP harvesting system such as RegenLabPRP.