Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has become extremely popular over the last 5 years within aesthetic medicine. PRP has been used for many years in cardiac surgery, plastic surgery and orthopaedic surgery. High performing professional athletes have been receiving PRP for the accelerated recovery of sports injuries. More recently the potential benefits from PRP in anti-aging medicine and for the treatment of hair loss and erectile dysfunction have also started to be realised.
PRP is a serum that is produced from your own blood. Whole blood consists of platelets at a concentration of 150 to 450 x 109/L. PRP is produced by taking a blood sample that is then spun in a centrifuge to separate out all its components. The platelets are then extracted and concentrated to achieve a platelet count around 4-6 fold greater than in whole blood. This is then injected into the region of interest and has been found to result in a significant increase in the release of specific growth factors. These growth factors have been found to have a positive impact on various cellular processes.
When injected into the face it can result in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles as well as an increase in collagen and elastin. PRP can also result in the improvement in the appearance of scars. When injected into the scalp PRP has been shown to increase hair density and reduce hair loss and is becoming a viable interim treatment for male and female pattern hair loss as well as alopecia areata that does not respond to first line treatment.
The effectiveness of PRP is dependent upon the release of specific growth factors from the alpha granules found in platelets. The alpha granules are responsible for releasing platelet derived growth factor (PDGF), transforming growth factor (TGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), epidermal growth factor (EGF) and insulin-like growth factor (ILGF). These have all been shown to have specific positive effects on stem cells.
Researchers have started to publish the results of the effects of PRP in different cosmetic treatments. What has become more and more apparent that not all PRP is the same. Many clinics advertise PRP treatments but they do not disclose the commercial systems they are using to produce PRP. There is a huge variation in the quality of the PRP that clinics offer and the effect of any PRP treatment is completely dependent upon this.
At Rejuvence Clinic we specialise in PRP and its use in anti-aging, hair loss, erectile dysfunction, sports injuries and wound healing and scar treatments. At Rejuvence we use the Magellan TruPRP system. Magellan is an American manufactured PRP system that ensures a consistent and high platelet concentration. The ideal concentration of platelets in any PRP preparation should be between 4-6 fold higher than baseline whole blood levels. Very few PRP systems can achieve a platelet concentration even 2-fold greater than baseline let alone 4-6. Magellan, on the other hand, consistently produces highly concentrated PRP that can be tailored to your needs and uses a complex, laboratory standard, dual spin infra-red based system of centrifugation to guarantee effective treatment.
Arteriocyte, the parent company responsible for the development of the Magellan TruPRP system, have published independently verified laboratory tests on their PRP measuring the levels of various key growth factors compared to whole blood levels.
At Rejuvence Clinic we specialise in PRP. Magellan TruPRP is a premium PRP system that ensures you get the best possible results.
If you are serious about getting PRP make sure you give us a call on: 0207 531 6600.
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