PLATELET RICH PLASMA
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.
Also known as the “vampire facial,” platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has received so much attention that it may seem as if we’ve finally found the fountain of youth.
What is PRP?
A PRP facial is a type of cosmetic treatment that involves injecting platelet-rich plasma (PRP) into the face. PRP is a component of blood that contains growth factors and other proteins that can promote healing.
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 your 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 hair loss particularly male pattern baldness.
What areas can be treated with PRP?
- Crinkling skin
- Around the eye area
- Cheeks and mid-face
- Jaw line
- Décolletage and chest
- Back of hands, arms
- Lips and surrounding lip lines
- To stimulate hair growth in scalp
IS THE PROCEDURE PAINFUL?
Injections of PRP into the scalp can be painful. We use ice and a vibrating anaesthetic device on all patients when PRP is injected into the scalp. Despite these measures, the treatment can still be uncomfortable.
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 a few days to disappear.
HOW SOON WILL YOU SEE RESULTS?
Most patients will require three treatments at four to six week intervals. The first thing people notice is an improvement in skin turgor 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 12 months to two years.