What should I expect from my consultation?
During your consultation, you will learn about PRP and discuss your needs and concerns. Dr. Nabil Fakih will carefully examine your entire face and he will determine what type of treatment you need. For most facial treatments, Dr. Nabil Fakih recommends that your skin is optimally prepared prior to your treatment; preparation before the PRP is integral to the safest, most effective treatment. After your consultation we will take photographs for your medical record and we will discuss the surgery fees and scheduling dates. You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history. Also provide information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries and medications that you currently take. It is important for you to provide complete information.
PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma)
Injections involving platelet-rich plasma (PRP) are the latest wave in facial rejuvenation. Facial rejuvenation with PRP is also known as PRP facial rejuvenation. PRP is blood that contains higher concentrations of platelets and growth factors than normal blood. These substances stimulate stem cells to produce collagen and blood vessels, in turn slowing or reversing the signs of aging.
Platelets are the key are key actors of hard and soft tissue repair mechanisms. They provide the essential growth factors (FGF, PDGF, TGF-ß , EGF, VEGF, IGF) involved in:
• Stem cell migration, differentiation and proliferation.
• Stimulation of cells such as fibroblasts and endothelial cells, to induce new extracellular matrix deposition and neo-vascularization.
Science supports the use of PRP for the augmentation and regeneration of bone and soft tissues. PRP is the source of concentrated platelet content present in your 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. Case studies reported in Europe, England, USA, Japan and South Africa have demonstrated consistent rejuvenation of facial aging, including wrinkling in persons with modest grades of photo or chronological aging. 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.
Plasma contains many factors essential for cell survival such as nutriments, vitamins, hormones, electrolytes and proteins. Among the plasma proteins, there are the essential molecules for the coagulation process and generation of the fibrin polymer that will serve as a scaffold for cell migration, differentiation and proliferation.
It is well known that platelets have many functions. Platelets contain important growth factors that, when secreted, are responsible for:
• Tissue regeneration and rejuvenation
• Increasing collagen production
• Recruiting other cells to the site of injury
• Initiating vascular growth
• Inducing cell differentiation
• Bone – mineralization
• Extra cellular matrix formation
• Elimination of donor transmissible infections
• Biological glue: for tissue adhesion especially in skin flaps, bone grafts and trauma