Treatment Explained

Please note that PRP is not stem-cell therapy. PRP does not contain stem cells of any relevance, but may be directed at resident stem cells that are up-regulated after injection to replicate together with other cells.

PRP therapy can be easily performed in a medical office setting.

Since the platelet-rich plasma is autologous (taken from the patient's own blood) it is non-allergenic.

The procedure is quick and simple with minimal downtime and is associated with no significant complications or side effects.

A small amount of blood will be taken with a tiny needle from a vein in your arm and added to an anticoagulant which prevents the formation of blood clots and the clumping of platelets together.

The anticoagulants we use for PRP are either Citrate Dextrose-A (ACD-A) or Citrate Phosphate Dextrose (CPD). Anticoagulants are very important as they support the metabolic needs of platelets and their viable separation.

The mixture of blood and anticoagulants will be placed in a sterile centrifuge device specifically designed to use a double centrifugation technique; a first ‘hard’ spin and a second ‘soft’ spin. After 15 minutes the plasma is separated from the blood producing the PRP.

PRP is normally formed by 94% platelets, 5% red blood cells and 1% white blood cells.

The platelets and growth factors are then collected in a sterile syringe and injected into the targeted area under the skin.

The entire treatment, from blood draw to injection back into the patient, usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes.

What to expect after treatment

PRP encourages collagen formation and improves blood supply.

Results are not immediate. But within three weeks most patients begin to see visible results as the enriched plasma rejuvenates the skin and promotes the growth of healthy skin.

Patients experience continued improvement in skin tone and texture. It is recommended that patients receive at least two PRP treatments several weeks apart.

Results can last up to eighteen months.

Each person is unique and the response to PRP injections does vary among individuals, though adverse reactions are rare.

PRP Therapy can be enhanced by addition of an appropriate skin care regime.

To learn more about the breakthrough platelet-rich plasma therapy contact SFMedica to book your consultation with Dr S. Foutsizoglou who will be happy to answer any questions you may have with regards to PRP or any other anti-ageing treatment.

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