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Thinning hair, scars, stretch marks, ageing skin etc?-Platelet Rich Plasma does it all-You have youth in your blood!

DRTracyChandler-PRP-DSC08104In last months’ column I talked about Dermastamp®, available for the first time in the South Island at The Chandler Clinic. Another exciting development is the availability of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for the first time in Mid- and South Canterbury and North Otago. Kardashian fans will already have heard of the use of PRP when Kim had her ‘Vampire’ facelift. Well, PRP has now made it from Hollywood to Timaru. PRP uses the amazing regenerative properties of your own blood to solve a range of problems including:

  • Skin ageing including fine lines and wrinkles
  • Hair thinning in men and women
  • Scarring and stretch marks
  • Tired and dry skin, skin laxity
  • Pigmentation
  • Large pores
  • Overall texture and tone improvement
  • People looking for a natural treatment

This means PRP treatment can solve multiple problems:

  • Regeneration of thinning hair
  • Revitalisation of damaged skin
  • Improved skin colour, elasticity, tone, thickness and pore size
  • Remodelling of collagen in scars, and stretch marks
  • Long-term smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Faster healing following cosmetic treatments e.g. laser skin treatment and dermal needling

What is PRP? PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma which is the clear fluid (plasma) part of your blood that contains a high concentration of platelets (your clotting factors). These platelets release Growth Factors which help regenerate and revitalise your damaged skin, stimulate hair growth, reduce fine lines and improve skin texture.

How does it work? Direct injection of your own PRP into your skin supports and helps accelerate tissue regeneration and repair. Your PRP releases growth factors which:

  • Stimulate collagen production
  • Activate stem cells. Stem cells are the master cells of the body which can develop into any of the body's cells, leading to regeneration
  • Stimulate new blood vessels to provide nutrients to the new cells

What does PRP involve and how does it feel? Preparing your PRP is quick and easy. A small amount (10mls) of blood is collected from you in specially designed tubes which are then spun for 5-10 minutes. During spinning, a gel within the tubes separates your PRP from other unnecessary cells within the blood. Your PRP is then ready for application. Depending on your particular requirements, it can be applied:

  • As small superficial injections using a very fine (acupuncture sized) needle
  • As deeper injections using a type of blunt painless needle called a cannula
  • In combination with other treatments like Dermastamp®

Because PRP can be done after the application of a numbing cream the treatment is usually comfortable.

What happens after? After your treatment your skin will feel warm and slightly tight. You will have a pink glow as if you had been in a cold wind. This glow can be covered with makeup after one to four hours and has usually faded by the next day. Small bruises and minor swelling is also possible but usually the swelling is gone the next day and any minor bruising can be covered with makeup.

How many treatments does it take? Usually three treatments every 4 to 6 weeks are recommended with one off top up treatments every 12-18 months. For those having PRP for thinnig hair, top ups are usually more often and possibly every 6-12 months.

Is it safe?  Because PRP uses your own blood, there is no risk of reactions or contamination. PRP is great for everyone and combined with Dermastamp® achieves results that last. In next months’ column I’ll describe the benefits of combining Dermastamp® and PRP together to further enhance your results. Youth really is in your blood!

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