PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP)
There has been a lot of buzz around the Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP treatment lately, also known as Vampire skin rejuvenation, and for good cause. This relatively new procedure refreshes and rejuvenates without the use of Botox or fillers, and the results can last up to 18 months. Here at Bodyworx, we use the MyCells® method and with excellent results.
What is MyCells®
MyCells® is a revolutionary skin regenerating system. This autologous method uses your own blood to produce "Platelet Rich Plasma" (PRP), which is enriched with platelets, lymphocytes and growth factors. When the PRP is reintroduced into your body (via injection) it accelerates the normal healing process by stimulating collagen formation, revascularization and repair. This process brings long lasting tissue rejuvanation without side effects. PRP has been widely used for many years in plastic surgery, orthopedics, dentistry, and for both soft tissue implants and wound healing.
Prior to treatment, the physician will draw between 10 and 20 milliliters of blood into a special glass vacuum tube that is included in the MyCells kit. This is a standard office procedure which causes no more discomfort than providing a sample for blood work. Following the blood draw, the clinician will centrifuge the tube in order to separate the blood into several fractions, thereby creating the PRP. The concentrated blood cell portion, known as PRP, is then injected beneath the skin in the area of fat loss and/or wrinkles. MyCells PRP can provide a gradual increase in skin thickness and vitality. Results usually become apparent within 15 days of treatment.
Typically, the majority of patients see ther treatment results last up to 1-11/2 years. Subsequent "touch ups" may be needed to maintain the desired effect.
MyCells® PRP advantages
- Promotes local tissue growth and repair.
- Stimulates regeneration to eliminate wrinkles
- Safe – made from the patient's own blood
- Even safe for use under the eyes
- No disease transmission
- No rejection
- Non toxic
- Convenient for office use
- Accelerates healing
- Simple and easy to use
- Re-absorbed by the body in just a few days
What is MyCells®?
MyCells® is a revolutionary method, based on using ingredients of your own blood, which can regenerate your skin. These ingredients reside within the fraction of your blood named "Platelet Rich Plasma" (PRP). PRP is enriched with platelets, stem cells and growth factors. Once injected into your skin, these substances will accelerate the normal healing process via new collagen formation at the injected area. This process brings to long lasting tissue rejuvenation by your own cells. PRP has been widely used for many years in plastic surgery, orthopedics, dentistry, soft tissue implants, and other types of implants.
What is MyCells® Based on?
MyCells® is a method based on using Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). PRP (Platelet Rich plasma) is a concentration of human platelets (PLT) in a small volume of plasma. PRP utilizes the patients own (autologous) PLT, derived from his/her blood.
Why is the excitement about MyCells®?
PRP usage takes advantage of normal the body´s healing pathways, only at an accelerated rate. During wound healing, many cells rush into the wound site. Among these cells, there are platelets (PLT).
What do PLT do at the injection site?
- Form blood clots (“PLT gel”).
- Release Growth Factors and proteins (see below).
- Stimulate Stem Cells to regenerate new tissue.
- Accelerate bone healing through Osteo-progenitor cells.
PLT must be intact, in order not to damage these processes!!!
How does MyCells® work?
10 to 20 minutes prior to treatment, your physician will draw 10 to 20 milliliters of your blood, using a standard procedure, causing minimal pain (like taking a standard blood test). Thereafter, he will separate the blood into its ingredients, in a procedure that will last 10-20 minutes. MyCells® is injected below the surface of the skin in the area of fat loss and/or wrinkles. MyCells® provides a gradual increase in skin thickness. Visible results appear after the first treatment session.
Do I need a skin test before being treated with MyCells®?
No skin testing is required prior to use.
Are the results from MyCells® immediate?
No. At your first treatment visit, it may appear that MyCells® worked immediately because of swelling from the watery ingredients of your plasma. In a few days, when the swelling goes down and the water is absorbed by your body, you may look as you did before your treatment. MyCells® takes time to gradually correct the depression in your skin. Your healthcare provider will see you again in a few weeks to decide if you need more MyCells® injections.
How many treatments are required?
Your healthcare provider will decide the appropriate number of treatment sessions and the amount of MyCells® you will need at each session. Typically, 2 to 3 treatment sessions will be requires for up to 12-18 months lasting effect.
How long do treatment results last?
Treatment results will typically last up to 1½2- 2 years after the first treatment session in most patients. Touch-up treatments may be needed to maintain the desired effect.
Do injections of MyCells® hurt?
As with any injection, injections with MyCells® may hurt. MyCells® is injected in small amounts using a very fine needle. Your healthcare provider may apply a topical or local anesthetic.
What can I expect to happen at a treatment session?
Your healthcare provider will answer all of your questions and prepare you for the treatment.
10 to 20 minutes prior to treatment, your health care provider will draw 10 to 20 milliliters of your venal blood, using a standard procedure. This procedure will cause minimal pain (like taking a standard blood test from your arm). Thereafter, he will separate the blood into its ingredients, in a procedure that will last 10-20 minutes.Meanwhile, he will prepare you to MyCells® injections: Make-up should be removed. The area where the injections will be given will be cleaned with an antiseptic, and a local anesthetic will be applied on areas where injections will be made.Once MyCells® will be prepared from your blood, it will be injected to your skin as follows:MyCells® will be injected in small amounts into the skin using a very fine needle. Multiple injections will be needed. An ice pack should be applied to the treatment area to help reduce swelling.
What can I expect after treatment?
Immediately following a treatment session with MyCells®, redness, swelling, pain, bruising or all of these signs can happen in the treatment area. These signs usually go away in a few hours to a few days. Your healthcare provider will give you specific post-treatment care instructions.
How quickly can I get back to my daily activities?
Most patients feel comfortable going back to their normal activities following treatment.
When will I be able to apply make-up after treatment?
Make-up may be applied a few hours after treatment if no complications are present (for example, open wounds or bleeding).
Who should not use MyCells®?
Patients who experience the following conditions, should not use MyCells®: Platelet Dysfunction Syndrome, Critical Thrombocytopenia, Hypofibrinogenaemia, Haemodynamic Instability, Sepsis, Acute & Chronic Infections, Chronic Liver Pathology and Anti-coagulation Therapy.