Your body has the ability to heal itself after an injury. It is able to do so because of the highly potent growth factors produced BY your body that can be found in your blood. After an injury, a " distress" signal is sent and blood literally floods the injured area with healing growth factors. These growth factors are almost exclusively contained in our platelets ( cellular component of blood).
Platelet rich plasma, or commonly referred to as PRP, is the part of whole blood that remains after it is centrifuged to remove red blood cells. PRP is made up of several different growth factors and substances called cytokines, all which play an integral part in the process of healing.
Over the last decade, the use of PRP in the medical and aesthetics fields have surpassed the expectations of experts involved in every field of its use.
Its easy to understand the reason behind this though- the body's ability to repair itself has no limits!
Listed below are only some of the aesthetic indications for the use of PRP:
- Hairloss: Male and Female distribution patterns
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne and Acne scarring
- Eye rejuvenation: dark circles, hollows, aging skin
- Tone and texture concerns
- Dry skin concerns
- Lip rejuvenation: treatment of fines lines around the lips
- Neck rejuvenation: texture, tone, hydration, fine lines, aging skin, pigmentation
- Aging eyelid concerns
- Scar management ( traumatic and surgical)
Medical indication include but are not limited to:
- Joint injections for arthritis, arthralgia ( joint pain)
- Chronic Migraine pain management
- Chronic neck pain management
- Dry eye management
- Vaginal dryness and management of menopausal symptoms
Many places provide aesthetic services, including PRP. Make sure that you do your research before investing in any treatment.
Fundamentally there are two ways of obtaining Platelet-containg-plasma, but only one true way of truly getting superior platelet-rich-plasma.
Plasma, or the fluid part of our blood, is obtained when whole blood is "spun down", or centrifuged. This can be done at many different rates with many different centrifuges, depending on what the end goal is.
In the aesthetic and medical field, our end goal is to obtain the plasma (serum) with the highest concentration AND quality of growth factors, giving YOU the best long term results.
Essentially there are two ways of obtaining "PRP": The Single spin and Double spin methods.
The Single spin method involves only a single spin cycle of whole blood. The plasma that is then obtained is used for treatment.
The Double spin method, however, takes the plasma after the single spin cycle, and then spins it for another cycle. This second cycle further spins off components of whole blood that does not contain healing factors and that may actually not be beneficial to the treatment area where it is applied, so affecting YOUR final result.
Make sure you get the best PRP available, ask for the DOUBLE SPIN method.
Treatment duration: 15-60minutes
At Captivating Aesthetics, the first step is to book a consultation with Dr Wilhene Zwanepoel. During this consultation a brief medical and relevant aesthetic history will be taken. You will have the chance to discuss your treatment concerns, your treatment goals, your fears and concerns in regards to the actual treatment itself.
Photographs of your face,neck and décolletage will be taken from different angles. This will be done before ( and often after) every treatment, and serves to show the progression towards your end goal.
Same day treatment is often possible, and is usually discussed at the time of booking the consultation.
The actual process:
Depending on personal preference and time constraint, you may want to apply a topical anaesthetic before. You will receive specific guidelines if this is the case.
Before the PRP/Microneedling-PRP treatment process, the treatment area will be thoroughly cleaned and prepared. The donor site will also be prepared. A venesection ( blood draw) will be performed ( by Dr Zwanepoel). The whole blood will then be centrifuged using the double spin technique in order to obtain only the highest concentration and quality of PRP. Depending on your specific treatment plan, the PRP will then be either injected, or applied+_injected ( medical microneedling) as discussed during your consultation.
You will receive specific after-care directions.
It is very important to note that with this procedure you SHOULD expect some swelling and bruising due to the process of "controlled injury". This is usually minimal. Other things to consider will be discussed during the consultation.
What is the downtime?
Essentially you can go on with life as normal.
The swelling is minimal and usually subsides within the first day. The bruising can easily be covered up with a concealer, and usually settles completely within 3 days.
The total cost of the procedure will be determined on an individual basis according to your treatment goals and specific needs. As everyone has different end goals, every treatment plan differs. This will be thoroughly discussed during your consultation.