Regenerative Medicine – Facial Rejuvenation with your own cells
Patients are seeking a more natural method to facial rejuvenation. Dr Shahidi offers a new approach through the regeneration of your own cells and more specifically, autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP). This is also referred to as autologous cellular regeneration (ACR), an aesthetic practice, which is a safe and tolerable procedure.
Regen Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) has been utilised in aesthetic medicine (UK, Japan, Asia and Europe) to rejuvenate and slow down the ageing process since 2006. Regen PRP was introduced into Australia 5 years ago and has been pioneered for facial rejuvenation in select patients with chronological ageing.
Science supports the use of PRP for the augmentation and regeneration of hard and soft tissues. PRP is the source of concentrated platelet content present in blood. Apart from assisting blood clotting, platelets also release growth factors that assist the human body to repair itself by stimulating cells to regenerate new tissue. Today, platelet rich plasma can easily be separated from blood, through a process of centrifugation. Using your concentrated plasma permits the body to heal faster and more efficiently. Because your plasma (autologous) is used, there is no danger of disease transmission. In general medicine, platelet transfusion is common practice in treating blood platelet disorders, including very low counts associated with bleeding. Case studies reported in Europe, England, Asia, Japan and South Africa have demonstrated consistent rejuvenation of facial ageing, including wrinkling in persons with modest grades of photo- or chronological ageing. Improvements in skin texture and tone have also been seen. Results are noticeable within 3 weeks with ongoing changes and improvements over the following months, dependent on the health of the patient. Like all skin treatments the process can be enhanced by the inclusion of appropriate Cosmeceuticals.
It is well known that platelets have many functions. Platelets contain important growth factors that, when secreted, are responsible for:
These are vital steps in collagen regeneration and wound healing.
Facial Rejuvenation PRP Procedure:
Prior to treatment a blood sample of 8ml – 32ml is taken. This blood is immediately placed in the centrifuge for 5 – 9 minutes. When centrifugation is complete your Plasma will be separated into three layers: