Reinforcing skin regeneration
PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma treatment. It is constituted of a concentrated preparation of the patient’s own blood plasma (the transparent liquid part of the blood) and of platelets, the cells responsible for the coagulation of the blood and assisting in the healing of wounds. Because they play such a crucial role in healing wounds, they are rich in Growth Factors which help in the regenerative process of the other cells they come in contact with.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is usually injected on injuries or damaged tendons, ligaments, muscles, joints, and skin to accelerate their healing. The technique has been applied in clinics for the purpose of reinforcing the regeneration of the patient’s skins.
PRP is akin to a serum of youth, made from the patient’s own cells. PRP is obtained by drawing blood, just like for a normal blood test. The blood vials are then placed in a centrifuge for a few minutes, which is going to cause the separation of the red blood cells (later discarded), platelets and plasma from each other. PRP is therefore derived from the patient’s own blood. It appears as a more or less limpid, yellowish or slightly pink liquid, it is highly concentrated in the growth factors mentioned earlier and its accrued healing potency is the sought-after rejuvenating effect on some body parts.
The growth factors from the PRP, when injected in the skin, activate adult stem cells in and under the skin. This stem cell activity results in:
These properties give PRP a clear advantage over other procedures as the effects are wide and large and address multiple aspects of the characteristics of a healthy and beautiful skin, such as blood flow, collagen and elastin production, new dermal and fat cells. Dermatologists have also noticed a positive effect of PRP on the production of hair follicles in men and women alike, and it is at times also used as a complementary procedure in the treatment of hair fall (androgenic alopecia) in both genders.
Being in good overall good health is a precondition to a PRP treatment. In any given case, talk to your physician should you have any doubt or questions regarding some possible current health issues as these may have an effect on the quality of the platelets, in which case, an alternative treatment should be considered and decided for.
The procedure does not take more than 30 minutes.
At first, blood will be drawn from your arm into vials. The vials will be sent to the centrifuge to separate the clot from the plasma. During that time, the physician will prepare the area of the body meant to be treated with the PRP injection by numbing the site.
When the numbness occurs, the doctor will use a syringe filled with the patient’s PRP to inject it into the desired area of treatment.
Once injected, the platelets will break down releasing their growth factors, triggering the body’s healing process, initiated with the cells proliferation, cells repair and soft tissues renewal.
You may return to your normal activities immediately after the treatment.
One should avoid washing the treatment area for the next 24 hours. Passed a day, the use of hair and skin care cosmetics and topical medications is permissible.
The treatment area might be sore for a couple of days, and the patient may notice some slight bruising and should pain be ever experienced, intake of acetaminophen would help to ease with the discomfort.
PRP effects on the skin will last several months. Some people may need to have the procedure repeated once or twice a year depending on their expectations.
1 Tube (20 ml): 18,000 THB
2 Tubes (40 ml): 30,000 THB