What is PRP?
A NEW WAY TO REGENERATE YOUR SKIN.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a form of biostimulation that utilizes concentrated factors from your own blood to stimulate skin cells to regenerate and rejuvenate. It has been used for decades in sports medicine and surgery to aid healing.
Now it is becoming increasingly popular in aesthetic treatments to improve skin texture and laxity, enhance skin tone for a brighter complexion, restore hair loss and to promote better skin heath.
Benefits of PRP
- Uses completely natural ingredients derived from your own blood
- Improves skin texture and tone (colour)
- Reduces skin laxity (crepiness), fine lines and wrinkles
- Brightens your complexion (skin looks hydrated and glowing)
- Hair restoration
- Useful for difficult to treat areas
- Short post-treatment recovery time
How Does it Work?
THE ULTIMATE SKIN REJUVENATION TREATMENT.
PRP therapy works by promoting the skin’s natural healing response. Platelets derived from your blood are concentrated and then activated to release their cytokines (which are proteins or peptides) such as growth factors. When injected into the skin these stimulate stem cells and trigger the body’s own wound healing cascade resulting in new collagen formation to soften fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment also results in a brighter and more even skin tone, plus improves skin quality and skin health.
What to Expect?
PRP treatment involves taking your blood (just like a simple blood test), which is collected in special tubes. The blood is then spin in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets and separate the plasma from unwanted cells. This platelet-rich plasma is then used by:
- Injecting it into the skin, using fine needles and multiple injection points to “bathe” the treatment area or;
- Injection it more deeply with a cannula;or
- Using it in combination with other treatments (such as Skinpen microneedling).
Topical numbing cream is applied to make the procedure more comfortable, and it is usually well tolerated.
After the injections are completed in an antiseptic cream is massaged into the treated skin, and a healing cream or gel can be applied as well.
Optimize Your Results
HOW MANY TREATMENTS DO I NEED?
A minimum of three treatment sessions is recommended for visible results, performed 3-4 weeks apart. Most patients notice some improvement after 6 weeks, and especially after 3 months. How much improvement you see and how long these results will last depends on the individual and other factors such as age, general health, skin health, sun damage, and smoking.
Longer lasting results can be achieved with good skin care and sun protection post treatment.
Maintenance treatments can be done every 6-12 months.
Mild redness, swelling, pin point blood spots and bruising are all expected and normally occur after PRP injections, but are usually not severe. These reactions settle over a couple of days, and any minor bruising can be covered with makeup.
Excessive swelling, which can have a bluish tinge, and excessive bruising can occur but are rare.
Is PRP Right for You
IT MAY BE IF:
- Anyone who wants to utilize a natural process to promote better skin health is a good candidate for PRP therapy. This treatment stimulates your body’s own repair mechanisms for completely natural looking results. PRP therapy is safe for all skin types and colour.
- PRP therapy can be particularly useful for younger skin with early signs of ageing; for older, dry and tired looking skin; for uneven pigmentation and sun-damage; and for those who may have sensitive or allergy-prone skin.
- Although this is a natural process, most treatment should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Mild redness, swelling, pin-point blood spots and bruising are all expected and normal after PRP injections.
Excessive swelling (which can have a bluish tinge) and excessive bruising can occur but are uncommon.
Complications of PRP therapy are rare. They include:
- Infection (bacterial)
- Reactivation of cold sores (especially if treated around the mouth)
- Significant bruising (hematoma formation)
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