Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy for Melasma

Platelets are your body’s richest source of collagen promoting growth factors and for these reasons, we use PRP for conditions which require tissue rejuvenation; e.g. building collagen as part of acne scar therapy.  Perhaps surprisingly, there are skin bleaching peptides within platelets. In platelet rich plasma therapy, we precisely and delicately place these peptides into skin involved by melasma and fading of this stubborn condition ensues over the subsequent 6 – 8 weeks.

How does Platelet Rich Plasma therapy work?

During the procedure, a vial of blood is removed and this is centrifuged to separate the cells from the platelets and serum. Then, the important peptides are released from platelets with refined sterile techniques in our certified laboratory.  Afterwards, the platelet peptides are delicately placed into melasma patches.

Is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy for Melasma painful ?

No. There is the minor needle poke for obtaining the blood but the precision needle gun is essentially painless.

When do I see Results ? How many procedures would I require ?

Skin bleaching tends to take six to eight weeks. When properly selected, most patients show benefits after one to three sessions.

How do I prevent relapse of melasma after successful Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy ?

This is a common question in our clinic. Melasma can be managed but not “cured” in the strict sense of that term. Thus it is essential that sun exposure be mitigated through use of zinc oxide sunscreens. We now know that visible spectrum light (i.e. not just ultraviolet light) – can exacerbate melasma. We recommend Venuceane containing zinc oxide sunscreens as this ingredient helps reverse damage to skin cells that is caused by visible spectrum light. Retinol is also recommended as this helps exfoliate out subtle pigmentation by acceleration of epidermal turnover. Finally, 2 % hydroquinone with a unique trans-epidermal carrier molecule is usually recommended.  This 1-2-3 home therapy is ideal to prevent relapse and the need for more laser.

If you are interested in melasma therapies, please contact us. We would love to see you soon….

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