Platelet Rich Plasma, also known as “PRP” is a non-surgical treatment. injection treatment whereby a person’s own blood is used. PRP utilises technology where Fraction of blood is drawn up from the individual patient into a syringe. The Blood is spun in a special centrifuge to separate the blood components and then reinjected into the patient’s skin.
Blood components consist of red blood cells white blood cells and platelets and plasma.
- red blood cells (to carry oxygen)
- white blood cells (to help fight infections)
- platelets (help the blood clot and heal wounds)
- plasma (a liquid that carries the cells)
Platelets are very small cells in your blood that are involved in the clotting and healing process. Briefly if we have an injury and we have a cut in our skin the platelet cells become activated. As part of this process, they release enzymes known as ‘growth factors’ growth factors promote healing.
How does it work
By re-injecting concentrated platelets made from the patient’s own blood, there is an increase in the release of growth factors, which accelerates the natural healing process.
As a result, new collagen begins to develop. As the collagen matures it begins to shrink causing the tightening and strengthening of the damaged area. When treating injured or sun and time damaged tissue, they can induce a remodeling of the tissue to a healthier and younger state.
PRP treatments are not confined to cosmetic use; they are a well-established treatment that have been used in other branches of medicine including orthopedic surgery (for the bones and joints) to promote healing.
Crinkling skin around the eyes, cheeks and mid face, neck, jawline, chest and décolletage, back of hands and arms, lips, and to stimulate hair growth on scalp. Almost all skin tones show that PRP is reliable and repeatable because your own enriched plasma is used.
- the under eyes for darkness, fine lines and crepey skin
- the rest of the face for skin texture improvement
- the neck chest areas – to improve skin texture and the ‘necklace’ lines
- the scalp – to improve thinning hair (this can’tbe done for bald areas)
Prior to your treatment you will have a thorough consultation with the registered nurse. During your consultation, the nurse will ask you about your medical history to establish suitability for the treatment. This also gives you the opportunity to discuss your goals and expectation from the treatment.
PRP used for aesthetic procedures is safe for most individuals between the ages of 18-
There are very few contraindications, however, patients with the following conditions are not candidates for PRP treatment
- Acute and Chronic condition
- Skin diseases (i.e. SLE, porphyria, allergies)
- Chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments.
- Severe metabolic and systemic disorders.
- Abnormal platelet function (blood disorders, i.e. Hemodynamic Instability, Hypofibrinogenemia, Critical Thrombocytopenia);
- Chronic Liver Pathology.
- Pregnant or breastfeeding
- Is taking anticoagulants
- Has received an injection of long acting steroids
How is PRP Performed
- Similar to the way your GP takes your blood, known as” venopucture” this the is the way we will take your blood in the clinic
- The drawn blood is placed in a centrifuge for 5
- This equipment spins the blood at high speed to separates the red and white blood cells from the plasma. The separated liquid is a gold colour known as plasma.
- The plasma is then drawn into a syringe with fine needle and gently injected into your skin.
- Thirty minutes prior to injecting the plasma into your skin a topical numbing cream is applied to minimise discomfort.
What to expect from PRP?
Results are generally visible at 4 weeks and continue to improve gradually over ensuing months (3-6 months) with improvement in texture and tone. Advanced wrinkling cannot be reversed and only a minimal improvement is predictable in persons with drug, alcohol, and tobacco usage. Severe scarring may not respond. Current data shows results may last 18·24 months.
Of course, all individuals are different so there will be variations from one person to the next. Generally, 2-3 treatments are advised, however, more may be necessary for some individuals. Touch up treatments may be done once a year after the initial group of treatments to boost and maintain the results.
Combining PRP with other therapies such dermal fillers and muscle relaxant can enhance results.
Are there any side effects?
Some of the Potential Side Effects of Platelet Rich Plasma include:
- Pain and bruising at the injection site.
- Bleeding, Bruising and/or Infection as with any type of injection.
- Short lasting pinkness/redness (flushing) of the skin.
- Allergic reaction to the solution.
- Injury to a nerve and/or muscle as with any type of injection.
- Itching at the injection site(s);
- Nausea /vomiting; (The following are possible with any simple injection and not specific to PRP Therapy).
- Dizziness or fainting.
- Temporary blood sugar increase.
- Swelling and redness
- Minimal effect from the treatment
Post Treatment and Aftercare
It’s important recognise that PRP treatment is not a quick fix or a definitive treatment and it is equally important that you still need to take care of your skin and implementing the following
- Avoid washing your hair for the first 12 hours. This will allow the platelets to activate and commence the skin rejuvenation process.
- Avoid strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours
- Take paracetamol and/or codeine if required, but avoid aspirin for two days
- Avoid supplements that may increase bruising (e.g. fish oil) for two days Avoid inflammatory medication (e.g. Nurofen), topical gels (e.g. Voltaren) and oral steroids (e.g. Prednisone) for ten days
- Use a sun protector minimum factor 30 daily.
- Use medical grade skin care products
- Maintain healthy lifestyle, stop smoking to be mindful of drinking enough water every day (1.5L or more)
From $500 per vial or package of 3 for $1200
One vial is often enough to treat one area for example cheeks or neck
Add on Skin needling $200 per treatment
Add on LED $55
Customised Packages available