What is PRP?
PRP or “Platelet Rich Plasma” is a solution that is created from a sample of your own blood. Blood contains many components, different types of cells, suspended in a liquid solution. If we take a small blood sample it can be treated in a process called centrifugation to separate out the components leaving us with a solution of fluid containing high concentrations of cells called platelets.
What does PRP do?
The platelets in your blood are responsible for regeneration and repair of your tissues. When you have an cut or a scrape, the platelets in the area will rupture, releasing a potent mix of molecules that act as signals to other cells and co-ordinate the repair process. We can use the solution of platelet rich plasma to stimulate a repair and regeneration process in the skin that will result in improved skin quality.
How is it used?
It can be used in a few different ways in aesthetic medicine, the simplest way is to take the solution and use a technique called microinjection to place it directly into the skin. This is sometimes called the “Vampire Facelift” and is one of the most popular forms of PRP treatments. A series of three or more sessions are usually recommended and the regeneration process in the skin continues for several months after treatment. It is also used in combination with other skin rejuvenation treatments such as laser resurfacing and micro-needling. These treatments regenerate the skin by creating a controlled injury with subsequent healing. PRP is often used in combination with these treatments to result in an improved outcome and a faster healing process.
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Here at Clinetix, we have a passion for continuing education. The aesthetic medicine industry is constantly striving to improve products and techniques for procedures. At Clinetix we endeavour to use the most advanced techniques and products.
Last week Dr. Emma flew to Bologna, Italy to train with some of the best practitioners in the aesthetic medical industry at the IBSA Masterclass to discuss and learn about the recent advancements in HA dermal fillers, Aliaxin and Profhilo. The course was ran by Dr. G Salti, Dr. A Tateo & Dr. G. B Siquier Dameto and involved 3 days of intense practical training.
At the masterclass Emma gained some hands on experience using an advanced method to dermal fillers for a full face approach and then later focusing on the upper and middle third of the face and finally finishing with hands rejuvenation. This masterclass allowed Emma to build on an already extensive knowledge to ensure that she is always providing the best possible treatment to her clients.
Dermal fillers are a natural biodegradable gels which can be used to create volume and structure or used superficially to decrease the appearance of lines and furrows to create a more youthful appearance. The most common dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, which is a molecule naturally found in abundance in the skin meaning that allergic reactions to dermal fillers are very rare. Dermal fillers are often used for plumping of the lips, smoothing of the nose and mouth lines. In expert hands such as Drs. Emma & Simon Ravichandran dermal fillers can be used for facial reshaping and recontouring as part of a rejuvenation treatment. For more information on dermal fillers read our FAQ’s here.
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From April, private clinics offering cosmetic treatments such as dermal fillers and botulinum toxin will have to register with Healthcare Inspection Scotland. Currently there is an increasing number of aesthetic practitioners offering their services in Scotland and with little to no regulation in the aesthetic medical industry many of these practitioners are untrained and do not obtain any qualifications.
Dr. Simon spoke to the Sunday Herald regarding the new regulations that will cover aesthetic medical clinics in Scotland. The implementation of regulations is welcomed by professionals in the aesthetic medical industry. Although regulating practice is a significant step forward to improving patient safety there is a long journey ahead of us before an effective system is in place. The concern is that the introduction of phases of the regulations, will inspect independent clinics (such as Clinetix) who already obtain a degree of regulation through governing bodies prior to inspecting bogus practices and allowing these practices to continue to administer botched treatments.
Although we feel that accreditation of clinics is important and welcome the change, we believe that this is slightly backwards as the majority of malpractice occurs outside of independent clinics. This approach could have a potentially hazardous effect on independent clinics that already attempt to maintain the highest standards whilst bogus practices are able to continue carrying out untrained, dangerous practice in non-clinical environments.
Read Simon’s interview with the Sunday Herald here.
For more information, the full report of the Scottish Governments Scottish Cosmetic Intervention Group can be found here.