Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy?
Throughout the ageing process our body’s ability to produce growth factors decreases. Growth factors are present within our blood and stimulate our body’s natural healing processes; such as blood vessel growth, cell replication and skin formation.* Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a technique which utilises your own growth factors and re-targets them to a specific area of concern to encourage repair and regeneration.*
The technique has a long history within orthopaedic medicine, reconstructive surgery and even dentistry. However in recent years the treatment has become more widely used within the cosmetic industry.*
PRP involves extracting platelets from a small blood sample. Each platelet is a bio-chemical powerhouse of regulatory, signalling and growth factor molecules, that participate in the regeneration and healing of skin tissues.*
PRP can be highly effective for any of the following conditions:*
- Ageing hands and décolletage;
- Dark circles;
- Dull skin tone;
- Facial lines and wrinkles;
- Hair Loss;
- Loss of volume;
- Stretch mark and scar repair;
PRP therapy produces long-lasting effects with little chance of allergic reaction, as the platelets come from the patient’s’ own blood. A highly effective treatment for rejuvenating the skin and reducing signs of damage such as stretch marks and scars.
What Can I Expect?
To undergo PRP therapy, you should be in general good health and should have realistic expectations of the outcome – which will be discussed at your confidential consultation.
We apply a topical anaesthetic cream to numb the skin about 30 minutes before the procedure to make the experience as comfortable as possible. The first stage of the treatment is to take a small sample of blood – much the same as having blood taken at the doctors. The sample is then placed in a centrifuge to spin down the blood, which separates the red blood cells from the platelet-rich plasma.*
Using a very fine needle, the platelet-rich plasma is then injected back into the exact location where we want the skin to repair. The platelets release the growth factors triggering the surrounding cells to proliferate, stimulating repair, increasing volume and rejuvenating the skin.*
Injections can be given multiple times in multiple locations in order to give an overall improvement to the area.*
There are few side effects associated with Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy. Immediately after your treatment, you can expect some mild bruising and swelling at the injection sites. You may also experience some tenderness. However any side effects should dissipate within a few days.*
It is usually expected that it may take a few weeks for the results of the PRP therapy to become visible.* With two to three treatments, you can expect the results to last up to one and half years.*