What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and how does it work ?

PRP has become a highly sought-after non-surgical procedure for facial and skin rejuvenation. PRP therapy is a treatment which uses your own blood platelets to stimulate new cell growth, helping to improve your complexion, skin texture and to restore lost facial volume.

Your blood is essentially made up of four components; red blood cells, white blood cells, the plasma and the platelets.  We take your blood and spin it in a centrifuge, which enables the separation of the blood cells from your plasma and platelets. This is then re-injected into the skin to stimulate collagen and new skin cells.  PRP harnesses the beneficial functions of the patient’s own platelets and therefore there is no risk of allergy or rejection of the treatment.

PRP can also be successfully used to treat thinning hair and hairloss particularly male pattern baldness.  It is important to start treatment early on and whether you are a suitable candidate will be determined during your consultation.

What is the procedure?

Depending on how many areas you want to get treated, a volume of blood will be taken. This is usually between 10 to 30 ml.  Your blood is then placed in a centifuge for around 8-10 minutes.  Once your cells have separated, the rich platelets are extracted and injected into the skin where rejuvenation is requested.

What should you expect post treatment?

Most people will experience some mild to moderate swelling in the area of treatment, redness or heat, which are all common side effects and are part of the activation of your platelets. Because a volume of fluid has to be administered, swelling is inevitable. Bruising can occur and may take several days to disappear.

How soon will I see results?

Most patients will require three treatments at four to six week intervals. The first thing people notice is an improvement in skin appearance and elasticity. Collagen production can take up to three months to occur and the results can differ depending on the individual.  Because the injected product is 100% your own, factors such as smoking, stress and illness can effect results.  A series of three treatments can yield results for up to two years.

Are there any reasons why I can’t have PRP therapy?

Like the majority of cosmetic procedures, ladies who are pregnant, breast-feeding or trying to conceive are not suitable candidates. This treatment is not recommended in people on anti-coagulation treatment, autoimmune conditions, have suffered any type of cancer or who have certain implants in the treatment area. Your past and present medical history, as well as your past cosmetic history will be assessed to determine your suitability.

PRP Therapy is also used to promote healing. It can treat many illnesses and enhance appearance and wellbeing:

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Muscle and tendon injuries

  • Back and neck pain

  • Autoimmune conditions

  • Systemic diseases

  • Neurological conditions

  • Cosmetic (hair, face)

  • Sexual dysfunction and enhancement

  • Gynaecological conditions

How should I prepare for my treatment?

 

  • Fast for 8 hours prior to your blood extraction.

  • Eat healthily and drink water.

  • Optimise multi-vitamins, specifically vitamin C. Co-enzyme Q10 and fish oil tablets are recommended.

  • Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and illicit drugs.

What should I do after my treatment?

  • Refrain from alcohol, smoking and caffeine.

  • Drink water and eating healthy foods.

  • Avoid direct sunlight on the skin.

  • No hot showers, spas, sauna or baths. Use warm water for short showers.

  • Avoid any form of physical exertion that causes sweating or strain on the heart.

  • No massages, facials or acupuncture.

Please note there are rare cases where a patient who has arrived at the clinic must be denied treatment because of a medical problem. Conditions include: infections, cancer, high levels of tumour markers in the blood and pregnancy.

We do not recommend PRP therapy if you have had cosmetic Injectable treatments in the past 2 months as it may reverse the effect of your injections.

Contact our clinic to arrange a consultation for PRP injections with our Cosmetic Dr.  today.