Platelets are found in our blood and is mainly known for their clotting ability. When we cut ourselves , there will be bleeding. The bleeding will stop in a few minutes due to activation of the platelets in the blood to form blood clots. However there is more to the platelets than just to form blood clots to stop bleeding.
The platelets also contains growth factors which promotes formation of new blood cells, collagen formation and healing. This is a form of repair mechanism of the body for the injured area. Blood is drawn from the body and centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the serum.
There is a layer of the serum which we call the Buffy coat which is rich in platelets. The PRP treatment involves using this platelet rich plasma for rejuvenation and repair of the body. It has been used successfully in repair of damaged cartilage in joints. It is also an effective treatment for tendon problem.
The term Vampire facelift was coined about 10 years ago to refer to the use of PRP for facial rejuvenation. The healing effect is impressive enough for some to market it as a form of face lift. But what about the vampire part ? Well that is because the platelet rich plasma is derived from your blood. However, rest assured that we are not going to smear blood on your face! The platelet rich plasma is a clear serum where there is no red blood cells. The PRP can be applied using mesotherapy method or using rollers which is almost painless after applying numbing cream. A very effective non invasive method of facial rejuvenation.
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