What is PRP Therapy?

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (or PRP Therapy, for short) is a non-invasive procedure, whereby blood is drawn from the patient, and after separating the platelet-rich-plasma, it is then injected in to the skin to reverse thetell-tale signs of aging. It is a treatment that is quickly gaining popularity in the field of aesthetic procedures. It’s even sometimes referred to as the “Vampire Facelift”! PRP itself comprises of a large number concentration of platelets of about 4 – 5 times more than normal blood and, en masse, stimulate cell repair and regeneration. This treatment is therefore great for rejuvenating the skin – improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, sun-damage and dull skin. “The idea behind PRP Therapy is to fuse advanced technology with our body’s ability to heal itself,” says Dr Karen Po, our Consultant Aesthetic Physician. “I believe that’s the reason why so many people are interested in this therapy, as it only uses the natural substances of your own body – no need to worry about allergic, adverse reactions.” Platelets have always been known for their blood clotting capacity. Healing proteins known as ‘growth factors’ are released by the platelets. Cumulatively, these growth factors accelerate tissue and effectively heal wounds. Highly concentrated platelets, like the ones in PRP Therapy, can enhance tissue recovery. Some proteins in PRP can even be isolated to entice anti-inflammatory effects and pain reduction. Methods of preparation of PRP The process of preparing PRP isn’t as straight forward as drawing blood and re-injecting it into the required area – the blood has to go through a special process, to separate out the PRP. The amount of blood required depends on the individual and the area to be treated. Step 1:  PRP placed in a centrifugal separator will be spun softly to isolate the plasma and platelets from the red and white blood cells. Step 2:  The centrifugal separator will then undergo a hard spin that further concentrates the platelets into the final product, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and platelet-poor plasma (PPP) components. Why should you consider PRP? PRP Therapy is minimally invasive, as it doesn’t involve any incisions, and gives a younger, more natural-looking appearance with rejuvenated skin.  The best part? The side effects of the therapy are limited, as it is your own blood which is used for the treatment. Want to find out more? Read our guide here.