Platelet-rich plasma or PRP is one of the most advanced treatments that exist in facial rejuvenation with platelet-rich plasma. It is ideal for those cases where improved skin appearance, increased firmness and brightness is desired. It has a very intense rejuvenating and cell stimulating effect. It is the latest integrated risk-free technique, used to stimulate fibroblasts and elastin to smooth away wrinkles.
What is platelet-rich plasma or PRP?
Platelets release growth factors that stimulate cell regeneration, fundamentally increase the formation of new blood vessels and produce new tissues. In other words, they activate the organism in the region they are released, helping to rebuild damaged tissue, a restorative effect that is used to rejuvenate the skin.
One of the growth factors, called “epidermal growth factor”, was the first to be isolated: it stimulates angiogenesis and increases skin thickness, restoring its elasticity and firmness, it also increases vascularisation in the area where it is applied, favouring the appearance of new skin, reducing the effects of cell oxidation on the skin and eliminating wrinkles. The experts are continually surprised by the magnificent results obtained with its applications: it accelerates burn wound healing, treats keloid scarring, acne and stretch marks, improves the results of all types of treatments (including surgical), and enables the consolidation of skin grafts, as well as its post-peeling application or incorporation into a cosmetics base.
It is a natural, physiological treatment that uses our body’s own proteins, selected and concentrated, to repair the damage produced by the passing of time or by sun damage. As this is a product produced from the patient themselves there is no risk of allergy or intolerance.
How do we perform the PRP treatment for facial rejuvenation at our clinic in Barcelona?
It is an outpatient treatment that can be given in the consulting room. The area to be treated is first cleaned and prepared, and then an anaesthetic cream is applied. The patient’s blood is taken, spun down in a centrifuge and activated so that the patient’s own platelet-rich plasma can be obtained. Once the PRP has been prepared it is applied to skin, using a procedure known as mesotherapy, by microinjections with a very fine needle.
The number of sessions required will depend on the state of the individual patient’s skin. Usually this will be 3 sessions, once a month. After a year the treatment will need to be maintained; this will be done in one session every 6 or 12 months. The growth factors have to act by stimulating the tissue, therefore there are no instantaneous results. The effects appear gradually and continue to increase as time goes by. The maximum effect is obtained 20/30 days after treatment.