Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Natural ageing of the skin means that skin texture and appearance deteriorate over time. A new approach appealing to patients seeking a more natural method of facial rejuvenation is regeneration with your own cells, more specifically, autologous platelet rich plasma treatment, sometimes referred to as the ‘Vampire Facial’, is being used successfully to rejuvenate and slow down the ageing process.
Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment is an effective anti-ageing solution for all skin types. It is a versatile treatment that it extends well beyond skin rejuvenation (it has its origins in treating sports injuries in elite athletes). The tissue-repairing effects and the growth factors released by PRP regenerating tissue like few other treatments.
PRP can be used to enhance facial volume, plump and fill fine lines and wrinkles, promotes a more youthful and radiant complexion, treats uneven pigmentation, and can be successfully utilised in the delicate areas around the eyes and mouth, where dermal fillers, lasers and neurotoxins may not be as effective.
A PRP treatment is fairly quick, around 40 minutes all up. First we harvest your own blood growth factors, which your body would normally use to heal damaged tissue. To do this, two small vials of your blood are taken and placed in a special machine whereby the platelets are separated from the blood and then put in a syringe. It is then re-injected into the target areas in small amounts with a very thin needle, so the process involves minimal discomfort.
Recent clinical studies have shown remarkable results in the combination of platelet rich plasma and dermal fillers in facial rejuvenation.
Platelet Rich Plasma FAQs
What does PRP treat?
- Tired and dry skin
- Laxity of skin
- Uneven pigmentation
- Signs of skin ageing
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Overall texture and tone improvement
- Certain types of alopecia or general hair thinning
- People who may experience risk of allergic reactions from other treatments
- People looking for a natural treatment using the body’s own healing process
How does PRP work?
Platelet Rich Plasma is an autologous treatment, meaning that it is only your own platelets being injected back into your skin. The platelets stimulate the release of growth factors which assist in collagen regeneration.
Increasing the collagen in your skin means that over time following your course of treatment, your skin will appear rejuvenated, younger and fresher.
What does the PRP procedure involve?
Topical anaesthetic cream is applied to your face about 20 – 30 minutes prior to the procedure to relieve the discomfort of the injections.
A small amount of blood is collected by venepuncture from your arm, into a special tube. (The same as a blood test)
The tube of blood is placed into a centrifuge that separates the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) from the red blood cells.
The PRP is drawn up into a syringe and then injected into the skin.
What can I expect following the PRP procedure?
The injections can cause minor swelling, however, this can be alleviated with some ice packs for a short time. On rare occasions minor bruising may occur. Some patients may wish to touch up the treated areas with a little make up before returning to work or normal activities.
How many PRP treatments are required?
This may vary depending on your skin condition and concerns. Three PRP treatments about 4 weeks apart is the recommended course. The results can then be maintained with top-up treatments every 12 months.
Is PRP treatment suitable for everyone?
Because the procedure uses your own blood, the risk of immunological reactions or contamination with transmissible diseases is eliminated. Platelet Rich Plasma is also suitable for those who may experience a risk of allergic reactions from other treatments.
When will I see results from my PRP treatment?
The results will vary from patient to patient. Typically, you will see the first results about 2 weeks after PRP treatment. However, it can take up to 4 months for the regeneration process to take place. Over this time your skin will appear fresher and rejuvenated.
PRP is ideally combined with other non-surgical aesthetic procedures such as laser, anti-wrinkle reduction injections, and an appropriate skin care regime to further enhance the results of the treatment.