Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
In Dublin, PRP has come a long way. In the era of anti-aging medicine, the tendency is to turn back the clock and undergo some form of rejuvenation to reduce facial wrinkles, lines and blemishes. For decades, rejuvenation of the face by surgical face-lift has been popular. Today, more non-invasive treatments are available to improve the skin complexion of the aging face. The most recent advances in Dublin Cosmetic Medicine now offer a procedure using Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP. Recently, PRP has been pioneered for facial rejuvenation in select patients with age related aging and sun damage.
Platelet Rich Plasma also known as ‘Facial Stem Cell Regeneration’ or ‘Autologous Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy’ or ‘Dracula therapy’ or simply “PRP Therapy’ is a novel treatment that has been made innovative due to improved processing methods of your own blood sample.
Platelet Rich Plasma is the concentrated part of blood that contains the platelets. Aside from assisting blood clotting, platelets also release growth factors that assist the human body to repair itself by stimulating cells to regenerate new tissue. PRP treatment involves injecting a patient’s own concentrated platelets directly into an injury or area requiring rejuvenation. PRP Concentrate will cause the skin to regrow elastin and collagen over a period of 3 months where ever it is placed in the body.
The PRP treatment is simply a by-product of blood (or plasma) that is rich in platelets. Platelets perform many functions, including formation of a blood clot and release of numerous growth factors. The Growth Factor function assists the body in repairing itself by stimulating stem cells to regenerate new tissue. The more growth factors released from the platelets, the more stem cells are stimulated to produce new tissue.
With modern technology, platelet rich plasma is easily be harvested from blood samples, through a process of centrifugation. Using your own enriched plasma permits the body to heal faster and more efficiently creating a network of collagen. Because your own blood plasma is used, there is no danger of disease transmission, allergic reactions or cancer risk.
Indications for PRP Therapy
Sun-damaged and prematurely aged skin
Cheeks and mid-face augmentation
Hollowness and dark circles around the eyes
Tight Jaws Line definition
Sagging neck skin
Skin firming on the back of the hands
Tightening and rejuvenation the décolletage
At Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic, Dublin, Dr Kahlout will assess the degree of skin aging, perform skin analysis, and recommend a sensible treatment with a reasonable outcome.
Prior to the actual treatment a blood sample of 10 to 20mls is extracted from your arm in special sterile tubes which are exactly the same as when you have a simple blood test. Your blood is immediately placed in the centrifuge for 5 – 8 minutes.
When ‘spun down’ in the centrifuge is complete your blood will be separated into three layers:
Plasma, Blood cells and Platelets and white blood cells
The rich platelets concentrate is then extracted from the base of the plasma gel using a special pipette device.
The platelets component of the concentrate is drawn up into a syringe and is usually activated with a natural salt substance called calcium-chloride. This step stimulates natural growth factor release from the platelets in the plasma. About 3-4mls of PRP is obtained which is plenty for facial rejuvenation.
The PRP is injected into the deep dermis or fat layer of the skin under topical anaesthesia. The process is relatively painless providing sufficient topical anaesthesia is applied.
Platelets gradually increase collagen and overall health of the skin. The newly produced collagen begins to plump the skin and reverse the visible signs of aging.
The skin will appear to be slightly sunburned for up to 48 hours with little or no associated discomfort. Within two to three weeks, most patients notice that their skin feels and appears firmer and has a healthy, vibrant glow. The improvement in skin condition continues over the next 12 to 18 months, as new collagen production continues to improve the overall appearance of the dermis.
Persons with certain medical conditions like SLE, porphyria, immune dermatitis or eczema, skin cancer or those on chemotherapy, severe metabolic and systemic disorders, and abnormal platelet function (i.e. blood disorders) underlying sepsis excludes the use of PRP. Smoking prohibits PRP uptake and generally smokers don’t do well with this treatment.
After your treatment, it is important to keep your skin thoroughly hydrated and to apply an SPF 30 (or greater) sunscreen multiple times a day during the summer months.
Use of antiaging retinol based products and photo rejuvenation can enhance the results further.
The cost of PRP will depend on how many areas of the face or body are to be treated. Cost will vary from €450 to €1250 for larger areas.