Platelet rich plasma treatment (PRP)

Platelet rich plasma treatment (PRP)

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Platelet rich plasma has gained enormous popularity in recent times. It has been used for variety of conditions ranging from skin rejuvenation, hair loss to wound management. The treatment uses a patient’s own blood cells to accelerate healing in a specific area.

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What is platelet-rich plasma therapy?

It is a platelet concentrate, prepared from patient’s own blood. The collected blood sample is placed in centrifuge machine that rapidly spins the sample, separating out the other components of the blood from the platelets and concentrating them within the plasma. This platelet concentrate is then injected into the target areas.

Platelets are known to contain growth factors that can trigger cell reproduction and stimulate tissue regeneration or healing in the treated areas.

Who can benefit from Platelet-rich plasma therapy?

Platelet-rich plasma can be safely use to mitigate various issues:

  • Used for skin rejuvenation, improves skin texture and reduces pores
  • Reduces fine lines, deep creases and wrinkles
  • Diminish acne scar, hypertrophic scar
  • Plump up sagging skin reduces signs of ageing
  • Prevent hair loss and promote new hair growth
  • Wound management

FAQ's:

Platelet-rich plasma is prepared from patient’s own cells and plasma, therefore there is no risk of allergic reaction or rejection. In the hands of board-certified Plastic surgeon chances of other side effects like bleeding, infection, tissue injury is extremely rare. It is an entirely safe procedure with minimal downtime. Minimal swelling and skin redness is seen after treatment which usually settles in sometime.
Optimal results for skin rejuvenation, hair loss management usually requires 5 to 6 sessions. Each session lasts for about 45min and each session is held 4 weeks apart.
It can be very effectively used in conjunction with microneedling. Microneedling creates multiple microscopic channels in the skin,stimulates skin’s natural ability to repair itself through new collagen formation. These microscopic channels facilitate delivery of various skin rejuvenation components like PRP, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic acid to dermal layer, thus promote tissue regeneration and healing.
PRP therapy is safe and effective for all the skin types.
“Vampire facial” is Platelet-rich plasma therapy used for facial rejuvenation. The procedure is entirely safe with no risk and side effects. Treatment session lasts for about 45min; 3 to 5 sessions which are held three to four weeks apart. Result gets evident in few weeks to months and lasts for about a year, following which you need a maintenance treatment. Microneedling can be used as a combination treatment for better results.

You should refrain from PRP therapy if you have:

  • Low platelet count (Thrombocytopenia), bleeding disorder
  • Active infection
  • If the patient is on blood thinner (Consult your doctor)
  • Androgenic Alopecia (male pattern hair loss)
  • Female pattern hair loss
  • Alopecia areata, cicatricial alopecia (It can be used in conjunction with intralesional steroids)
  • Hair transplantation (enhances growth of hair follicle)

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