What is PRP Therapy?

 

Platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) is a completely natural way for skin to rejuvenate and repair since it uses your own blood and your body’s own healing powers in inducing tissue growth. PRP treatment is used medically to treat injuries such as sprained knees and chronic tendon injuries, or restore breast tissue, and speed healing. It is now also used as a non-surgical alternative to rejuvenate skin, improve scar tissue and improve sexual dysfunction in both men and women

 

PRP Therapy can be used to restore facial shape and rejuvenate skin in a Vampire FaceLift® and Vampire Facial®, to enhance the cleavage in a Vampire Breast Lift® as a non-surgical boob job, or combat hair loss in a Vampire Hair Restoration®. PRP treatment is also used in the Orgasm Shot® (O-Shot®) to treat urinary stress incontinence and Lichen sclerosus and Priapus Shot® (P-Shot®) to increase sexual satisfaction and treat Peyronie’s disease.

 

Blood platelets contain growth factors that stimulate collagen synthesis, skin renewal, cell growth, and tissue regeneration. Plasma contains fibrinogen, a protein that catches platelets at a wound site to form a clot. An amount of blood is drawn, just like in a blood test, and spun in a centrifuge to isolate the platelets and plasma from the other components of blood. The PRP is usually then activated with calcium (chloride or gluconate) to trick the platelets into thinking that they are in the body and the body has been injured.

 

The PRP is then injected multiple times in specific areas with a small needle, creating the equivalent of mini-wounds. Multi-potent stem cells already in your skin therefore become activated ‘believing’ that new and younger tissue is needed. As a result, new tissue that includes new collagen is grown, new fatty tissue is produced for skin smoothness and new blood vessels (neovascularisation) are formed to increase blood flow for a healthier glow and better quality skin.

At the Urban Aesthetix Clinic, PRP Therapy is sometimes combined with HA fillers (Vampire FaceLift®) Dermapen™ skin needling (Vampire Facial®) or mesotherapy skin rejuvenation injections for optimum results.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is PRP Therapy used for?

PRP Therapy can be used for a wide variety of conditions:

 

  • Non-surgical facelift: a Vampire FaceLift® to restore facial volume, plump up cheeks, lift sagging skin, lift jowls, and erase lines such as crow’s feet and frown lines
  • Dull, tired skin: a Vampire Facial® to tighten skin and give a healthy glow
  • Non-surgical breast lift: Vampire Breast Lift® to restore the appearance of breasts, lift breasts and create a fuller cleavage
  • Hair loss in men and women: Vampire Hair Restoration® to slow and stop hair loss, treat a receding hairline and for alopecia
  • Male sexual problems: Priapus Shot® (P-Shot®) to treat male sexual dysfunction and enhance sexual performance without having to resort to drugs such as Viagra or Cialis or to treat Peyronie’s disease
  • Female sexual problems: Orgasm Shot® (O-Shot®) to treat female sexual dysfunction, vaginal looseness, vaginal dryness, urinary stress incontinence and Lichen sclerosus.

What does PRP Therapy involve?

Treatment is simple and safe if carried out by Dr Unnati, who is an experienced and fully qualified clinician, following a detailed consultation to examine the areas to treat and decide on what is best for you.

 

You can resume most normal daily activities immediately afterwards.

How soon should you notice a difference?

Dr Unnati will advise you at your consultation.

How long does PRP Therapy treatment last?

Dr Unnati will advise you at your consultation.

Points to consider

Any clinical procedure carries a risk of complications, which is why it is always highly advisable to have cosmetic treatments safely performed by a doctor. Dr Unnati is a GP and specialist Non-Surgical Aesthetic Physician, trained in dermatology and medical cosmetics.

 

The Urban Aesthetix Clinic follows strict guidelines in making patients fully aware of any possible cautions and complications, and in offering post treatment advice. Dr Unnati will undertake a full consultation before any new treatment can be given.

Are there any side effects to PRP Therapy?

PRP has been an alternative to surgery in regenerating skin tissue in wound healing, orthopaedics, ENT, neurosurgery and maxillofacial surgery by promoting safe and natural healing. PRP Therapy involves injecting your own blood so any side effects are usually mild to moderate.

 

The short-lived side effects associated with the process include bleeding, swelling, tenderness and redness which settle within a few hours, and bruising which settles within a few days.

 

There is a minimal risk of infection as the injections break the natural barrier to infection when creating a small wound in the skin. Please therefore avoid touching the area or using any unsterile make-up for 6 hours after treatment, although mineral make-up or sterile medical make up can be used immediately. You may experience some itching and discolouration at the site of treatment which should settle within a few days.

 

If you’re an overseas patient, advance booking is highly recommended in case a course of treatments is required.

When should PRP Therapy not be used/be used with caution?

  • While pregnant or breast feeding
  • If you have critical thrombocytopaenia (a low number of platelets in the blood)
  • If you have septicaemia
  • If you have haemodynamic instability (an unstable blood pressure)
  • If the areas to be injected are inflamed or infected