Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is an extract of your own blood that contains platelets, growth factors, and active proteins for tissue and injury healing.
It has been used medically for years to accelerate wound healing. In particular, it has been used to repair tendons, ligament and joint damage, heal diabetic ulcers and help regrow muscle and bone. When PRP is placed back into the skin by injection or micro-needling, it initiates a localised stem cell response.
Over the weeks and months following treatment, this stem cell response recruits collagen-producing cells called fibroblasts. The fibroblasts replace tissue that has been damaged or lost through the ageing process with healthy skin that looks refreshed and rejuvenated. Due to the stem cell response and specific growth factors contained in the plasma, it has also shown excellent results in hair restoration.
The potential benefits of PRP have led to a recent widespread interest in its use for anti-ageing, regenerative and hair restoration purposes.
The healing properties of the blood components in PRP can be used in cosmetic treatments 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 Rejuvenation
Within a few weeks of treatment, an overall improvement in skin hydration, texture and tone can be seen. New collagen and blood vessels begin to grow after three to six weeks, and reduction of fine lines and wrinkles and volume correction happens over the next three to six months.
The effects can last 12 months to two years, depending on the individual. While it creates a longer-lasting effect in the skin, it does take time to work. For individuals looking for an immediate effect, PRP can be combined with hyaluronic acid fillers for quick volume correction.
Fillers provide a matrix for building new collagen and can be used to accelerate and sustain the benefits of PRP. Cosmetic wants and needs are unique to everyone and will be addressed individually by one of our expert practitioners.
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Prior to the PRP procedure, an in-depth consultation is carried out to assess cosmetic needs and determine the best combination of treatments to achieve the desired result. Next, a simple blood collection is done and processed immediately in a special centrifuge. This concentrates and separates the platelet-rich plasma from the rest of the blood. After numbing the area being treated with topical anaesthesia, the PRP is injected or reapplied to the skin using a microneedling device. PRP is a simple and safe procedure.
The most common side effects are mild swelling or slight bruising that may last three to seven days. Because the PRP is extracted from your own blood, there is no risk of disease transmission, allergic or immune reaction. It is a safe, effective and natural way of harnessing the healing power of your own blood to help reverse the signs of ageing. As part of an integrated approach to skincare that addresses both internal and external factors, PRP can be your natural fountain of youth.
PRP can be used as an injection alone to stimulate the body to make its own natural filler or can be coupled with Dermal Fillers to achieve a true lift effect. Lastly, PRP can be used with microneedling allowing for collagen creation and tissue enhancement from growth factors found in the plasma serum. After your consultation, a treatment plan tailored specifically to you will be devised.