PRP ‘Platelet Rich Plasma’

What is PRP rejuvenation?

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a cutting edge form of regenerative medicine that is becoming widely used for cosmetic therapy. It helps restore a youthful skin and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.

PRP uses your own blood as part of the restorative agent. Plasma of your own blood is concentrated and re-injected back into the tissues of your skin. The fact that PRP uses your own blood eliminates the risk of allergy or infections. While PRP facial rejuvenation can provide similar benefits to dermal fillers through activating your skins own collagen.

What can PRP rejuvenation be used for?

  • Rejuvenating the skin
  • Eliminating skin wrinkles
  • Providing fuller facial features as an alternative to commercial fillers
  • Improving the appearance of acne scarring
  • Speeding up the healing process after a facial peel
  • Restore hair loss and prevent further hair loss

What are the benefits of PRP?

The concentrated platelets in PRP contain high amounts of bio active proteins including specific growth factors that promote tissue repair, angiogenesis (capillary formation), and collagen production. These growth factors activate accelerated tissue repair and have positive effects on skin rejuvenation.

PRP can be used in combination with and will often enhance the effects of wrinkle relaxing treatment, fillers, derma rollers, thread lifting and skin peels.

What preparation is needed for PRP?

  • Enhance the effects by ensuring your skin is in prime condition, consider intensive skin reconditioning, chemical peel or laser resurfacing.
  • Avoid asprin or ibuprofen for 2 days prior to PRP treatment to minimise bruising (if you take asprin for blood thinning purposes, please continue use)
  • Notify your aesthetic doctor of any facial cold sores prior to treatment.

How is PRP administered?

file1An individual treatment plan is prepared to determine the exact areas, which need to be treated and the extent of the PRP needed.

The injection process take approximately 10-15 minutes and involves a series of tiny injections under the skin of the defined treatment area. A very fine needle is used and discomfort is usually minimal and very brief. Pressure may be applied to the areas following injection. The treatment often needs to be repeated depending on skin condition and indication.

The first step is to draw the patients own blood in to a specially prepared test tube. The tube is then placed in a centrifuge and spun at a certain speed to separate the platelets. The concentrated platelets are then injected to the target area (face or neck) using very small needles similar to those used in botox injections.

Results are expected within two to three months. Medical staff may recommend a second session based on initial results observed.

What should I avoid following treatment?

Post procedure instructions –

  • Refrain from exercise / strenuous activity / sweating for 4 hours.
  • Avoid lying completely flat for 4 hours.
  • Avoid lowering your head below your heart for 4 hours.
  • Avoid applying make up to the treated area for 4 hours
  • Do not rub or massage the treated area for 24 hours.
  • Avoid and facial cosmetic procedures to the area for 24 hours.

What can I expect following treatment?

  • Some bruising and swelling
  • Some tingling is normal after the procedure and should dissipate after a few hours.
  • Mild pain (should be easily controlled with paracetamol)

Visible results are usually seen in 2 to 3 months. Patients should allow the PRP to take full effect before evaluating the final results.

What are the risks?

Your aesthetic medicine doctor will explain all the specific risks of PRP to a particular facial area in detail before you sign a consent form for treatment we have outlined the risks of botox injections in general.

Common

Swelling / bruising at the injection site; this is normal and should subside within a day or two. Bruising in patients taking blood thinning agents may take several weeks to resolve.
We do not treat pregnant or breast-feeding women, since the effects on the baby aren’t known.

How many sessions of PRP will I need?

The number of PRP sessions necessary to obtain optimal results has great variation due to facial anatomy, gender and lifestyle. PRP takes two to three moths to take maximal effect. Proactive and regular maintenance is key to achieving optimal results.

We recommend seeing you at 3 months for evaluation and to plan further treatment.