About platelet rich plasma

2011-05-28 16:23

Platelet-rich plasma is a skin regeneration therapy.It uses the patient’s own blood by extracting components in it called platelets to rejuvenate the skin.

Platelets are the components in blood that signal that the clotting process should begin to heal the wound.

Dr Duncan Carmichael explains how it works: A doctor draws blood from the patient and centrifuges it. This means the blood is spun very fast for 15 minutes in a vial (medicine bottle).

The result is that the red and white cells (red thick part of the blood) get separated from the plasma (clear liquid).

Concentrated volumes of platelets are found in the plasma.

These have been traumatised from the spinning and release large amounts of growth factors. These are then injected into the skin.

The growth factors are ­messengers that tell the ageing skin to start making more collagen and give the appearance of younger skin.

The claimed result is a glowing, strengthened skin about one month after treatment.

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