Science & Data
As part of the body’s healing ability, platelets and other components in human blood migrate to the point of care. Platelets are well known to release numerous growth factors that respond to tissue injury and initiate and promote the conditions for healing. Eclipse PRP is an autologous system that allows physicians to prepare platelet-rich plasma at the patient point of care. This system has been safely used in hundreds of thousands of procedures worldwide.
Platelets Release Growth Factors
Description of PRP treatment
This treatment involves the collection of your blood (approximately 8 – 16ml), then your blood is spun down using a centrifuge to separate out the plasma and platelet portion using the separator gel’ as a special filter. The PRP portion of your blood is then injected back into your skin to stimulate new collagen production, and to re-energize your cells into rejuvenating themselves. The product injected is 100% your own blood by-product (autologous).
After PRP: you will likely experience mild to moderate swelling of the treated area, this will last for about 12- 24 hours; ice or cold compresses can be applied to reduce swelling if required. You may notice a tingling sensation while the cells are being activated. In rare cases skin infection may occur, which is easily treated with an antibiotic.
BENEFITS of PRP
Along with the benefit of using your own tissue therefore eliminating allergies there is the added intrigue of mobilizing your own stem cells for your benefit. PRP has been shown to have overall rejuvenating effects on the skin as in: improving skin texture, fine lines and wrinkles, increasing volume via the increased production of collagen and elastin, and by diminishing and improving the appearance of scars. For hair loss, PRP has been proven to diminish hair loss and reactivate dormant hair follicles, leading to new growth over time. Other benefits: minimal down time, safe with minimal risk, short recovery time, natural looking results, no general anesthesia is required.
How Much Blood will be Used?
We collect one tube, which varies between 8 to 16ml. Due to the natural variation in quality of Platelet rich plasma, volume will vary between individuals and is dependent on patient’s blood volume and ability to extract platelets. The amount of blood collected is not directly proportional to the amount of platelets that can be extracted through the Eclipse PRP Autologous system. Individual PRP volume may vary. We recommend preparing for treatment by hydrating and avoiding alcohol consumption. Your injector will make treatment decisions based on volume extracted to maximize your individual results for effective treatment.
How Many Treatments are Required?
Depending on the condition which is being treated, 3 to 6 sessions may be required with an interval of 4 to 12 weeks.
When Can I Expect to See Results?
Hair Loss: Results from treatment for hair loss, may take several months as the hair slowly begins to grow. You may first notice less hair loss, which is a good indication of the efficacy of treatment. Dormant hair follicles start producing hair slowly as they become stronger. Areas with no active hair follicles may not respond, or may take additional treatments. Your provider will assess the skin before every treatment to determine the response.
Rejuvenation: You will notice improved skin tone and texture within 4 to 6 weeks after every treatment. A series of treatments is recommended with regular intervals, afer which time maintenance treatments are recommended to maintain results as the skin ages.
Scars and Acne Scars: The nature of scarring is such that every scar responds differently. We often customize every treatment, utilizing a combination of PRP with MicroNeedling and/or various lasers to address different forms of scarring. A series of treatments may include a combination of modalities as the scars heal and the skin is regenerated.
Contraindications, Risks & Down Time
PRP used for aesthetic procedures is safe for most individuals between the ages of 25‐80. There are very few contraindications, and side effects. PRP is often used to decrease down time of invasive laser procedures. A consultation with one of our providers will help determine if you are a candidate for PRP and all the risks and benefits will be discussed.