Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy or PRP is an emerging treatment in health care to rejuvenate your skin by stimulating collagen, the main component of connective tissue. The therapy improves lines, wrinkles and texture with a gradual natural change. The therapy is also helpful for treating skin conditions and for general skin reconditioning. The most dramatic results so far have been seen with improvement of crepe skin problems in areas such as the neck, under eyes and décolletage areas.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy is done in the office under ultrasound guidance to ensure accurate placement of the injections. The treatment involves drawing blood from you just in the same way as it is taken for a blood test and then it is spun for around eight minutes in a centrifuge to produce the platelet rich plasma (PRP). The PRP is then drawn into a small syringe and a small amount of calcium chloride is added to it to stimulate the process. The mixture is then injected into clean, anaesthetized skin. For better results the PRP is injected into the same areas over three sessions which are usually spaced around a month apart.
PRP treatment has been used to support wound healing in trauma and joint injury.
The results of PRP treatment are most noticeable after at least six months, and are not permanent; patients may require touch-up injections at least once a year.