Using the body’s own stem cells and growth factors in platelet-rich plasma, this PRP treatment gets rid of stretch marks for good

Earlier this year, we told you about the cousin of the famous vampire facelift, the stem cell treatment for stretch marks. We interviewed Dr Kamlen Pillay of the Wembley Clinic in Cape Town, and he explained that the procedure works by creating platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from the patient’s own blood, and then reintroducing it to the skin to boost collagen production and repair in the area.

Now, we’re actually going to show you what it looks like.

Therapist Jana Vryenhoek let us film a treatment recently. Let’s go:

Watch: This is what the stem cell PRP treatment for stretch marks is like

In this lapelleVid, Terry Norton receives the PRP and Dermaroller treatment for stretch marks

About PRP for stretch marks

Stretch marks may be visible on the surface of the skin, but the real culprit actually lies deeper in the skin (which is why topical creams rarely offer effective treatment). Stretch marks are lesions or “injuries” in the collagen in the middle layer of skin. And the only way to get rid of them is to force the collagen in the area to repair and regrow.

PRP is a solution made from the patient’s own blood. It is full of growth factors and stem cells. Growth factors are cell repair signallers, and in this treatment they boost collagen repair.

Stem cells are unspecialised cells. They have the ability to turn into any kind of cell in your body. So, if you inject them into your skin, they become new skin cells. This builds new collagen and the stretch marks disappear.

To deliver the growth factors and stem cells deep enough into the skin, the therapist uses a Dermaroller to create fine channels in the skin.

In this treatment

Dr Pillay draws 10 ml of Terry’s blood before the treatment starts, which will be used to make the PRP. Directly afterward, therapist Jana applies local anaesthetic on the treatment areas.

In the meantime, Dr Pillay takes the blood sample and spins it in a centrifuge at 3 500 revolutions per minute for seven minutes, and then adds 1ml of adrenaline to activate the platelets in the blood. Minutes later, the collagen-boosting PRP solution is ready.

Once the anaesthetic is fully absorbed and the PRP is ready, Jana rolls the Dermaroller over the treatment areas, continuously applying the PRP solution as she goes.

The results

The effects only start being visible in around six weeks, but with several treatments the stretch marks will be gone forever.

For best results, Jana recommends up to 10 treatments.

Which treatment do you want to see next?

You get to choose which treatments we should film next, so give us your opinion:

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Special thanks to:

  • Jana Vryenhoek, skincare therapist
  • Terry Norton
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