A Swiss biotechnological laboratory RegenLab has developed a unique method of skin rejuvenation and wound and scar repair using one’s own blood plasma which is injected in the skin.
After being separated from the blood using a special procedure, plasma is injected in the skin. It contains various substances with regenerative abilities: platelets and growth factors above all. The official name of this procedure is “platelet rich plasma rejuvenation” (PRP) – rejuvenation using platelet-rich plasma. In case of tissue damage, platelets get activated at the damage site, releasing the growth factors which then stimulate tissue regeneration. The Swiss company RegenLab has used this physiological response of the body to design a medicinal product which is efficient for the management of issues such as skin aging, alopecia, slow healing of wounds. It also has successful application in the fields of rheumatology, orthopedics, sport medicine, dental medicine. How is the treatment performed? The blood is extracted using a sterile kit prepared in advance and placed into vials. The kit is designed so as to prevent the blood from getting in contact with air, eliminating the possibility of contamination with air-borne bacteria. Centrifugal force is used to separate plasma form other blood derivatives. Only the plasma is used for the rejuvenation treatment. Some of the plasma is used for the rejuvenation of a certain region of the skin, while the rest is used to make fillers for deep wrinkles and furrows.
When we want to rejuvenate the skin of one or several regions, we inject pre-prepared plasma into the skin with needle injections 1 cm apart. This allows us to treat the skin of the face, neck, cleavage, forearm, the inner side of the thighs, the region around the knees, the part of the upper arm where the skin is loose, and even the belly region. Fillers from one own’s plasma are used to feel deep wrinkles around the lips, wrinkles between the nose and the lips, wrinkles between the lips and the jaw bone, wrinkles on the neck and deep cleavage wrinkles. Before the treatment, a local anesthetic can be applied but even without it, the procedure is not particularly painful, as is performed using very thin and sharp mesotherapy needles. After the treatment, there will be injection marks, but since this is no more than a vasomotor reaction of the skin, they will disappear very fast. Sometimes, there might be tiny bruises which will go away in 3 to 5 days’ time. Rejuvenation using the patient’s plasma is repeated a month, three months, six months and a year after the original treatment. It is only then that the treatment takes full and long-term effect. Afterwards, it may be repeated once a year, if necessary. It is the safest way for rejuvenation because nothing but the patient’s own blood is used for the procedure. There is absolutely no risk of an allergic reaction. The skin is stimulated to perform self-rejuvenation. It may be performed at any time of the year, as there is no possibility of hyperpigmentation, even in the summer months. PRP can be applied after laser procedures, chemical peelings or other more aggressive types of treatment as a face mask soaked in plasma. Plasma can also be added to a special cream which is applied to the face following one of these treatments as it promotes faster skin regeneration. In case of hair loss, plasma is injected into the scalp. Activated platelets release growth factors which regulate the life cycle of a hair follicle. This promotes regrowth of hair and causes the hair to become stronger and fuller. The effect becomes noticeable very fast, within a few months.
Platelets release the growth factors, which in turn stimulate tissue recovery. In and of itself, plasma contains important molecules such as blood proteins, hormones, nutritional ingredients, all of which promote tissue recovery. Platelets and growth factors are released slowly in the epidermal layer and travel to the deeper layer – the dermis – where they cause fibroblasts to produce new collagen and extracellular matrix, which in turn leads to the self-recovery of the skin and smoother wrinkles from within. At the skin’s surface, in the epidermal layer, the color and texture of the skin appear healthier. The effect of plasma in medicine is tried and tested, which is why it is also used to speed up the healing of wounds and the treatment of injuries. The RegenLab system makes it possible for a small amount of plasma to contain a high concentration of platelets and regenerative substances.
Seeing that the patient’s own tissue is used for the treatment, there is no risk of an immunologic response or transmission of a disease through blood. RegenLab developed the system of using platelet-rich plasma in 2003, and the treatment’s efficiency and safety has been proven. The American FDA and the healthcare authorities of the European Union have approved the use of RegenLab PRP. The company also manufactures kits which include everything needed to perform a PRP treatment – vials with patented gel used for the separation of blood cells, syringes, needles, cannulas, etc. Since the blood can never come into contact with air, the possibility of contaminating PRP with microorganisms which could cause an infection at the site of injection is out of the question.
RegenLab PRP treatment is not only used for aesthetic reasons, but also for the healing of wounds, removal of scars and treating sport injuries. In USA, PRP treatment has been used for the treatment of chronic wounds in diabetics, and was even included in the list of treatments covered by medical insurance in August this year. Clinical research in multiple case studies in the fields of surgery, aesthetic medicine and wound treatment proved the efficacy of the treatment, while independent clinical studies further testify to the efficacy of plasma treatment.