PRP & Stem Cells – What is it?
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At Rejuvence Clinic we specialise in new cutting edge regenerative procedures and go above and beyond others. PRP is well known for its rejuvenating properties. The application of PRP to the face can help to bring back a youthful glow to the face, improve fine lines and wrinkles and even help with pigmentation and scarring.
At Rejuvence we combine PRP with stem cells harvested from your own fat cells. This results in increased collagen and elastin regeneration and provides more of a youthful glow. As we age, alongside changes in the skin due to reduced collagen and elastin, there is a reduction in facial volume. By combining fat with PRP we are able to replace this volume in a similar fashion to dermal fillers. The result is that hollowed out areas are filled up and volume can be restored. The advantage of fat over fillers is that it is completely natural and much longer lasting with results being maintained for years as opposed to just a few months.
Stem cell rejuvenation comprises the injection of fat into facial muscles in an attempt to replace volume as well rejuvenate. The injections are in two forms. After harvesting fat through minimally invasive liposuction techniques it is injected back into the face in the form of a filler and used to help restore volume. These injections are placed within the facial muscles to replace fat that has been lost through the normal aging process. Some of the fat harvested is micronised (filtered) and injected just below the skin throughout the face to give more of a rejuvenating effect to the skin and helps to regenerate collagen and elastin as well as help with pigmentation, especially under the eyes. The overall effect is a unique and impressive return back to your youth and as long as a healthy lifestyle is adhered to the results can last for many years.
With all our Stem Cell rejuvenation treatments we combine PRP. PRP is well known to augment the effect of stem cells and improve fat graft survival. At Rejuvence we use the Magellan TruPRP system. This ensures a high concentration of PRP as opposed to the vast majority of other PRP treatments offered at various clinic. It is important to understand that not all PRP is the same. There are only a small handful PRP systems that produce sufficiently concentrated PRP that will yield results. The Magellan system is one of these.
Candidates for stem cell rejuvenation are males and females of varying ages suffering with regions of volume loss, under eye dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles as well as a generalised sallow complexion and loss of glow to the skin.
The process of harvesting fat is minimally invasive. Fat is normally taken from the flanks. A small incision is made in the skin and the area from which fat is harvested is numbed with local anaesthetic. Fat is then removed using VASER liposuction. The harvested fat is then mixed with PRP produced using the Magellan TruPRP system. This is then placed in a centrifuge and spun down to separate the fat from other cells. A small volume of this purified fat is then micronised to produce nano fat containing large volumes of stem cells and growth factors. This is injected just underneath the skin especially around the eyes to help with dark circles. The remaining fat is injected in hollowed out areas of the face requiring volumisation. Areas that receive particular attention are the tear trough regions, cheeks, temples and nasolabial folds. Even lips can be injected to provide long lasting volume.
We normally advise clients to take 3 to 4 days off work. There can be some mild bruising and swelling associated with the injections to the various regions in the face. We advise against using ice and heat packs to help with the swelling as this can compromise fat graft survival. The fat harvesting sites can ooze slightly for the first 24 to 48 hours but this will normally resolve of its own accord. Over the counter pain medication such as paracetamol is normally sufficient. Smoking is absolutely contraindicated as it can prolong the healing time and more importantly it can seriously compromise graft survival.
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