PRP has seen a rise in popularity lately… Whilst some may say this is due to Kim Kardashian’s endorsement, (the well known celebrity recently posted a photo of herself on Instagram, having had PRP), here at enhanceskin we prefer to believe it’s because PRP is actually a very effective treatment.
We’ve put together a few of the frequently asked questions we often answer around PRP.
- Q: What does PRP stand for?
A: Platelet Rich Plasma-Growth Factor
- Q: How does it work?
A: Platelet Rich Plasma is a procedure that involves taking a blood sample, concentrating the platelets from that sample and reinjecting the platelets back into the body to assist healing and regenerate tissue. This occurs because the platelets secrete a concentrated mix of Growth Factors. These Growth Factors stimulate repair cells.
- Q: Can anybody have PRP?
A: PRP is not for everyone. Smokers, drug and heavy alcohol users all get poor results. The tar from cigarettes especially inhibits growth factor production. This treatment cannot be performed on people with platelet or clotting disorders, sepsis or acute and chronic infections. It also cannot be used by anyone on anticoagulant and antiplatelet therapy – aspirin, warfarin, dipyridamole or clopidogril; or those with severe systematic disease including metastatic cancer and severe liver disease.
- Q: What areas can be treated?
A: The short answer is anywhere… PRP is especially good for enhancing the jaw line and lower-face; addressing neck crinkling and crinkling skin around the eyes; also good for restoring cheek and mid-face volume loss; it can be used to treat chest and decolletage, back of hands and arms; suitable treatment to stimulate regrowth of areas of hair loss; can also minimise acne scarring.
- Q: How long do the results last for?
A: Treatment results vary but once tissue has been regenerated and remodelled that benefit is permanent. What happens, however, is that we continue to get older and the problem areas eventually reappear. It is thought that this occurs over 9-18 months after a single treatment although everyone is different. Touch up treatments will maintain the results.
For more information on PRP visit this page, or call us and we can make an appointment for you to discuss the treatment in more detail with you.