PRP is a skin rejuvenation treatment which is used to stimulate the inflammatory cascade and help to heal the body as well as treat thinning hair. During the treatment, PRP is injected into the mid to deep dermis layer of the skin using a similar technique to many other types of filler treatments.
The treatment involves taking a blood sample of approximately 10-20mls which is then spun out using a centrifuge to separate the plasma and platelet portion of the blood through the use of a separator gel. The PRP portion of your blood is then injected back into your skin during the treatment, under topical local anaesthetic, in order to stimulate new collagen production and revitalise your cells to encourage them to rejuvenate themselves.
PRP used for hair loss involves injections into the scalp which is used to stimulate the bulb cells at the base of the hair and surrounding microcirculation. This treatment enhances the vitality, colour and brightness of the hair and healthy patients with no underlying health issues may see their hair loss slowed and growth activated.
Plasma and Platelets are found within the blood, along with white and red blood cells. Platelets are small discoid cells which have a life span of about 7-10 days. Our platelets contain clotting and growth factors which, during the healing process, are activated and released into the blood to stimulate the inflammatory cascade and help heal the body.
Results will vary due to the quality of plasma which has been taken from the individual, and so a natural variation in the outcome from patient to patient is expected. The objective of each treatment is to attain a good coverage of plasma over the face or selected area.
Results are not immediate and swelling from the fluid will take time to subside. Throughout the course of a few weeks, the platelets will stimulate the growth factors which will assist in more collagen growth and you will begin to see improvements in your skin’s tone and texture.
As with all skin treatments, the process can be enhanced through the addition of appropriate Cosmeceuticals and complementary skin treatments.
PRP Treatments can be used to treat the following areas:
- Around the eye area – Peri Orbital Rim
- Cheeks and mid-face
- Jaw line
- Thinning skin on the neck
- Back of hands
- Scalp for thinning hair
- Other body areas such as the knees, elbows, upper arms, post-weight loss tummy and post-baby tummy
Facial rejuvenation treatments require a total of 2-3 treatments (with one treatment every 4-6 weeks) with a top up treatment at 6-12 months if required.
PRP Injections have a built in painkiller to minimise discomfort. Side effects are minimal; however, they may include some swelling, bruising and redness for 12-24 hours post treatment.
However rare, some clients may experience headaches, faintness and bruising at the injection site.
We charge $350 per tube and dependent on the treatment, it will require a different amount of tubes. As a general rule, the following treatments require the specified amounts:
- Full face: 2-3 tubes
- Neck: 2-3 tubes
- Décolletage: 2-3 tubes
- Scalp: 1-2 tubes
- Hands: 2 tubes
Science supports the use of PRP for the augmentation and regeneration of both hard and soft tissues. PRP is the source of concentrated platelet content which is present in blood. In addition to assisting blood clotting, platelets also release growth factors which allow the body to repair itself by stimulating cells to regenerate new tissue. Today, platelet rich plasma can be easily separated from blood through centrifugation. Using your concentrated plasma allows the body to heal faster and more efficiently and as your own plasma (autologous) is used, there is no danger of disease transmission. In general medicine, platelet transfusion is a common treatment for blood platelet disorders including very low counts which are associated with bleeding.
Prior to the treatment the following are strongly recommended:
- You may apply light water- based or mineral makeup
- Expect swelling and bruising: use Arnica or paw paw cream
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine, hot drinks, and spicy food for 24 hours
- DO NOT take medications such as aspirin or Nurofen, which are blood thinning agents and may exacerbate bruising
- Avoid supplements such as multivitamins, fish oils, glucosamine and Vitamin B, which are blood thinning agents
- It is suggested to avoid exercise or excessive exertion for 24 hours
- Avoid excess sun exposure, solarium or sauna use for 24 hours
- You MUST avoid applying ice generally to the areas injected