What is PRP?
Skin that looks grey, saggy and tired can be incredibly ageing. PRP Therapy is a revolutionary treatment where your blood is injected back into your face and body to repair it and restore it back to its former glory. It's fantastic because you can target exactly where you want the skin to be rejuvenated.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is the concentrated part of blood that contains platelets. These platelets when injected back into your skin not only assist in blood clotting but also release growth factors that attract stem cells to help your body repair itself.
What is the procedure used for?
- Reducing fine lines and wrinkles
- Tightening and toning skin
- Mild collagen and volume loss
- Crow’s feet and dark under eye circles
- Acne scarring
- Hair loss
Who is the treatment suitable for?
PRP is ideal for people who want to improve the texture of their skin, add volume to their skin and reduce fine lines without undergoing plastic surgery. It is also ideal for anyone who has suffered tissue damage, or have an open wound, or injury.
People who are suffering from skin diseases such as SLE, allergies, porphyria, cancer, severe metabolic and systemic disorders, abnormal platelet function, critical thomobocytopemia, haemodynamic instability, anti-coagulation therapy and underlying sepsis cannot undergo Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy.
It can also be used to treat hair loss.
What happens during the procedure?
Before the procedure, a 15ml blood sample is taken and spun in a centrifuge to separate the portions of plasma and platelets. Under a topical local anaesthesia, the PRP portions of your blood are injected back into the skin.
The treatment takes around 30 minutes.
What are the side effects or risks?
There are very few risks associated with PRP because the clinician will be using your own blood to do the procedure. However, occasionally some mild side effects can occur, including:
- Mild irritation
What results can I typically expect?
PRP Treatment results vary from person to person and it's important to talk to your clinician beforehand to set expectations. In most patients the results last around 18 months. The use of cosmeceuticals (a cosmetic that has, or is claimed to have, medicinal properties) and other complimentary treatments may ensure prolonged results.
Downtime is approx 3-5 days with possible bruising.