PRP & Stem Cells
At Rejuvence Clinic we have a passion for regenerative medicine and are experts in the use of platelet rich plasma and stem cells.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) involves micro injections of the client’s own platelets (little pieces of blood cells that help in wound healing) into ageing skin, wounds, scalp and scars. In facial skin, platelet rich plasma can dramatically improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as thicken the skin and provide a glow that lasts up to 18 months. Injection into the scalp can increase hair growth by up to 25%. PRP has changed the landscape of aesthetic medicine and is a very unique, exciting and entirely natural approach to rejuvenation.
More recently there have been advances in the harvesting of stem cells for bioregenerative treatments that go above and beyond just PRP. Using minimally invasive liposuction techniques fat can be harvested and then micronised (filtered) to release stem cells and growth factors contained in high concentrations in fat cells. When combined with PRP they can be used to rejuvenate the ageing face, improve hair growth, treat sports injuries, erectile dysfunction and even osteoarthritis. The possibilities are almost endless.
How does PRP work?
Platelets have been shown to play an important role in wound healing. When activated they trigger the release and production of multiple chemicals that ultimately result in the stimulation of fibroblasts. Fibroblasts are cells that produce collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin form the main building blocks of the skin. Increased collagen and elastin results in improved skin health. Platelet rich plasma reinvigorates the skin and this can have dramatic effects, especially when you consider skin becomes inactive by the age of 30
What are stem cells?
Stem cells can be considered baby cells that have the potential to turn into any cell in the body and have extremely powerful healing abilities. They are found in high concentrations in certain regions of the body. To date stem cells have been very difficult to harvest. In addition the harvesting techniques used were very invasive. Fat cells have been found to have a very potent type of stem cell often referred to as adipose (fat cells) derived stem cells. With recent advances in fat harvesting and the advent of a technique known as micronising it has now become possible to acquire adipose derived stem cells without significant pain and discomfort. This has opened up huge possibilities with regards to applying the principles of regenerative medicine to aesthetic treatments to get even better results than we have before. When PRP is combined with micronised fat the stem cells are augmented and their healing abilities improved. This means results of treatment to the face, scalp and other regions are better and longer lasting.
Not all PRP is the same. How is Rejuvence different to other clinics?
PRP is widely available in clinics across the UK. There is also a large variation in the cost of treatments. However, it is important to understand that not all PRP is the same. For PRP to be effective it is generally agreed that the concentration of platelets needs to be at least 4 to 5 times higher than in blood. The majority of PRP systems used in clinics across the UK claim to achieve this concentration but that is simply not true. At best test tube centrifugation systems used by the majority of clinics can achieve only 2-3 times concentration. At Rejuvence we use the Magellan TruPRP system that ensures a concentration of PRP greater than 5 times baseline levels. You can be assured that all PRP treatments at Rejuvence are the real deal. For further details please book a consultation.
What is it used to treat?
PRP and stem cells are most often used to treat fine lines and wrinkles. A series of treatments can result in the dramatic improvement of fine lines and wrinkles. The skin becomes thicker and plumper and there is an overall improvement in skin health. When combined with other treatments such as chemical peels and microneedling, PRP reduces the downtime and significantly improves the final result. When injected into the scalp for hair loss it can improve hair growth and hair thickness. PRP and stem cells can also be used in combination with other treatments for improving the appearance of scars and stretch marks. It has recently been used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction and increase in penile girth. PRP and stem cell therapy for sports injuries and osteoarthritis is already well established.
Is there scientific evidence to support this treatment?
Over 25000 scientific papers have been published covering the use of PRP in various medical settings and shown it to be effective, flexible and safe. With regards to the effects of PRP on facial rejuvenation, scientists have demonstrated on a cellular level, significant gains in collagen and elastin in skin, as well as improved healing times. Scientists have studied the effects of PRP on hair growth and demonstrated consistent 20% to 25% increases in hair density as well as hair thickness. Scientists have also shown improvements in the appearance of acne scars on the face as well as stretch marks when platelet rich plasma in used alongside microneedling and microdermabrasion. Currently studies are underway to demonstrate the positive effects of PRP on impotence and penile rejuvenation, otherwise known as the ‘P-shot’ or ‘M-shot’.