Platelet-Rich-Plasma: Utilising your own cells to stimulate the body’s natural regenerative mechanisms…
Platelets are cells in your blood that respond when a blood vessel is damaged. They also play an important role in healing by releasing growth factors and stimulating a cascade of processes that lead to tissue repair.
Platelets also assist in stimulating mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in the skin to change from resting to active phase. The MSCs will form new tissue such as collagen, elastin, muscle, nerves, blood vessels etc., assisting to restore the structure of your skin.
Introducing Emcyte PurePRP®
At The Skin Clinic Fremantle, we are proud to offer the GOLD STANDARD in platelet rich plasma. PurePRP® by Emcyte is a rejuvenation therapy that concentrates the cells found in your own blood to create anti-ageing treatments that stimulate regeneration in your skin. In comparison tests, PurePRP® has been continuously outperforms all other PRP concentrating systems in performance and clinical outcomes.
The right cells at the right concentration
To deliver effective rejuvenation, the platelets must be concentrated to around 5-9 times the baseline level found in your blood. As well as concentrating the platelets, the processing system must remove red blood cells and make sure that nutrients such as amino acids, electrolytes and saccharides are present in the right amounts.
White blood cells such as neutrophils and monocytes also play important roles in skin rejuvenation treatments. Neutrophils work to remove damaged tissue in preparation for new tissue generation. Monocytes are white blood cells that convert into two types of macrophages in skin tissue (M1 & M2). M1 macrophages will remove debris, pathogens, bacteria and fibrotic tissue, allowing for a new layer of healthy collagen and elastin. M2 macrophages send messenger chemicals to stimulate fibroblasts to repair and regenerate the skin.
The unique separation system of Emcyte PurePRP delivers better cell extraction than earlier generation “test-tube” style PRP systems, including:
- The highest recovery of platelets
- The lowest levels of red blood cells
- The highest levels of monocytes
FAQ’s about Emcyte® PurePRP
Firstly we draw some blood, usually from your arm. It is helpful to be well-hydrated when you come for your treatment as this makes the process easy and comfortable.
Your blood is then processed under sterile conditions using the Emcyte PurePRP® system, which takes about 10mins, and yields approximately 7ml of platelet-rich-plasma. This is then injected back into the skin. The injections can be done manually using a needle or cannula, depending on which area is being treated, but can also be performed using the automatic V2 injector to ensure wide, even distribution over the treatment area.
We personalise each treatment to each patient and often utilise a combination of injection techniques during a session. Your individualised plan will be discussed fully with you during your initial consultation.
Within a week of treatment, many patients notice improved hydration in the skin. Changes such as improved skin volume and structure generally occur within 30 days and improvements can continue for up to 90 days.
The number of treatments required will depend upon the starting condition of your skin, and the desired outcome. Results naturally vary, since the treatment relies upon the body’s own natural regenerative mechanisms. Typically, an initial course of three treatments spaced over 6-12 weeks is traditionally recommended for skin in poor condition. Patients whose skin is in better condition are often satisfied with the results they achieve with only one session, whilst others prefer to have a series of treatments to build upon their initial results.
In order to counteract ongoing ageing of the skin, a regular maintenance treatment every 6-12 months is recommended.
We individualise our platelet-rich-plasma treatments for each patient and so your PurePRP® journey will be planned with you at your initial consultation.
PurePRP® can be used as a stand-alone treatment or used in conjunction with other therapies as an “add-on”.
The face is the most popular treatment area, but platelet-rich-plasma is also commonly used for skin rejuvenation on the neck, décolletage, and hands. Contact us to enquire about other areas.
Yes, certainly. We frequently use PurePRP® in the same treatment session as either DOT laser or Plasma skin tightening, to maximise the results and reduce the downtime associated with these ablative resurfacing methods. We can also mix PurePRP® with other products such as skin hydrators, anti-wrinkle injections and high strength cosmeceutical ingredients to truly individualise your treatment (additional costs apply).
How much does PurePRP® cost?
For more information about the treatment and costs, and to find out if this is the right treatment for you, come in for a consultation with one of our doctors or cosmetic nurses. Book online or contact us to arrange your visit.