PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma Transfer
What is PRP Therapy?
Although it has been used in sports medicine for decades PRP is now the latest cutting edge treatment in facial rejuvenation therapy. The rationale for the use of PRP is to concentrate the number of platelets from your blood, therefore concentrating the important regenerative growth factors that they contain. PRP is a naturally occuring component extracted from your own blood. Blood is made up of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. When platelets are activated in the body they release healing proteins called growth factors. Growth factors create an accumulative result, which assists the body to repair itself by regenerating new tissue, improving blood supply and would healing, all of which are important factors in regenerative therapies.
How Does PRP Work in Tissue?
PRP contains high levels of platelets and when injected into tissue, growth factors are released, which are vital to tissue healing and repair. Tissue that is aged and damaged usually reflects poor texture, wrinkles, sagging and an uneven tone. Patients that want a natural appearance are increasingly recognising PRP as a useful natural intervention to aid tissue and collagen stimulation. As we age collagen production in the body starts to slow. Collagen tissue is throughout the human body and gives our skin its youthful, soft and spongy texture. Dermal fillers cannot directly address the texture and health of collagen tissue, however they can be used effectively in conjunction with PRP. Please refer to our injectable treatments page for further information.
Your skin texture will respond as new tissue cells grow and visible results may take 3-6 weeks and continue for up to 6 months. Results will depend on your overall health status, age, dietary variations, whether you smoke and other health factors including your skin type.
When is PRP Used?
We recommend PRP wherever soft and hard tissue remodeling and collagen rejuvenation is required:
For overall facial rejuvenation
Loose wrinkled skin on the neck
Wrinkling around the eyes
Back of hands and arms
Decolletage and chests
Post pregnancy skin stretching
What Does the Process Involve?
A small sample of your own blood is processed in a highly specialised, state of the art system, specificualy designed to extract the PRP is a safe, clinical manner. This PRP is then injected into the areas that require tissue remodeling and rejuvenation. For optimal results we recommend a series of treatments consistently spaced apart.
Is PRP Therapy Safe to Use?
PRP is your own unique blood and so you are using your own natural resources to repair and improve your skin tissue. The PRP is processed onsite in our clinic in front of you under exacting clinical standards, which all clinicians must adhere to when working with blood products. The therapy is performed by registered nurses highly trained in the procedure. PRP has been used for decades in sports medicine and has a strong research evidence base for its effectiveness.
Is there Discomfort During or After the PRP Treatment?
Each person is unique and the response to intra-dermal injections will vary, though adverse reactions are rare. We offer topical anesthesia, laughing gas and other pain relief options for better comfort before injecting you PRP. You may feel a “tingling” sensation after the procedure and there may be redness, slight swelling and sometimes bruising, but this is temporary and we provide you with full appropriate after treatment and care.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
The processing of your PRP will take 30 minutes and the procedure itself will take on average 60 minutes depending on the area you are having treated. 1.5 hrs in total.