What is PRP?
PRP is the abbreviation of the treatment method called platelet rich plasma. After the blood taken from the patients goes through a series of procedures, the red blood cells are separated from the white blood cells and plasma in a special tube. Platelets are the blood components containing the growth factors necessary to ensure that the damaged tissues in our body are repaired and returned to their natural state. PRP aims to provide a greater number of platelets that can be transported to the target tissue via blood flow. Old and damaged skin and subcutaneous tissues are renewed with stimulation. It is a reliable practice to re-administer the patient’s own blood after it is processed.
Which treatments use PRP?
PRP is used routinely in many areas of medicine, such as orthopaedics, physical therapy, dermatology and dentistry. In plastic surgery practice, it is used for several purposes such as skin rejuvenation, hair loss prevention and stronger hair growth, improving the quality of acne scars and other scars, increasing elasticity and reducing hyperpigmentation.
How is the procedure performed?
A certain amount of blood is taken from the patient, and the platelets are separated in centrifuge. Separated platelets accumulate and densify in the tube in the kit and produce a blood product called PRP. This product is then injected to the skin. The procedure takes 30 minutes in total.
Where is it applied on the body?
It can be applied to the face, neck, décolleté, back of the hand, inner sides of arms and legs and scalp. The skin starts glowing immediately after the application, indicating an increase in the skin quality. This brightness diminishes slightly after 15 days; however, a more lasting effect is achieved after 3 – 4 sessions. If repeated once a year, an almost permanent effect will be achieved.