PRP and IPL Therapy

As age progresses, signs of oxidative stress appear on the skin. This reaction is the cause of cosmetic problems such as hyperpigmentation, changes in skin tone, unevenness, wrinkles, and inflammation. These signs are particularly noticeable and concerning when they appear on the face.

Many doctors use Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy to address these issues in patients. IPL therapy is a non-invasive method for treating sun-damaged skin and inflammation, as well as removing pigmented spots, freckles, and unwanted hair.

Like laser therapy, IPL therapy exerts controlled thermal effects on the skin. It involves specific wavelengths, pulse intervals, pulse durations, and radiation intensities in a pulsed light beam. However, IPL penetrates into the second layer of the skin without damaging the first, making it less harmful to the skin than laser. IPL can be used to remove, treat, or minimize:

  • Wrinkles
  • Pigmented spots
  • Sunburns
  • Freckles
  • Birthmarks
  • Tattoos
  • Varicose veins
  • Rosacea
  • Port wine stains
  • Unwanted hair

The pigment cells of the skin absorb light energy, which is converted into heat. This heat then destroys the pigment to minimize unwanted darkening on the skin. When removing unwanted hair, the light energy penetrates into the hair follicles, where it is converted into heat, destroying them.

Although Intense Pulsed Light therapy is generally well tolerated, patients often experience redness and swelling after the procedure. Bruising and blistering may also occur after IPL therapy; in the worst case, an infection may be introduced. Additionally, three to four weeks of intervals between IPL treatments are required for proper skin healing.

However, by adding Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections to IPL therapy sessions, certain negative side effects can be reduced, and the intervals between sessions can be shortened.

Using PRP injections after IPL therapy helps reduce some side effects, such as inflammation, and also shortens recovery time.

How does it work?

PRP stimulates the natural healing process in the body. When we suffer soft tissue injury, our body responds to it by releasing platelets. Activating, the platelets release several types of growth factors, proteins, and cytokines, which play a fundamental role in cell regeneration and tissue healing.

In this method, PRP enhances the natural healing process by separating platelets from other blood components and concentrating them. This specially prepared platelet-rich plasma contains 5-10 times more platelets than whole blood. Then, the concentrated PRP mixture is injected into the site of damage and its surrounding area, effectively triggering and significantly enhancing the body's regenerative reactions.

Since PRP is an autologous therapy using the patient's blood preparations, there is no risk of cross or immune reaction or disease transmission.

PRP Procedure

The following steps are performed to produce platelet-rich plasma:

  1. A specialist takes a small blood sample from the patient and puts it into a Dr.Renat Akhmerov ® Premium tube.
  2. During centrifugation, platelets are separated from other blood components and their concentration increases.
  3. Then, the obtained platelet-rich plasma is injected into the site of action and around it.
  4. The concentrated growth factors contained in the plasma cause a mild inflammatory reaction, which effectively triggers and enhances the body's natural regenerative processes.