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What is PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma therapy?

Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is a form of biostimulation that uses concentrated factors from blood to stimulate cells to regenerate and rejuvenate. It has been used for decades in sports medicine and surgery to aid healing. PRP use in aesthetic treatments leads to stimulation of collagen production resulting in improved skin texture and laxity, softening fine lines and wrinkles, enhancing skin tone, and promotes healthier skin.

PRP can be used as a stand alone treatment but can also be used in combination with other skin therapies for better results. Plus it can accelerate healing after resurfacing procedures, minimising complications and enhancing results.

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.

Individuals with blood disorders or chronic liver disease are unable to have PRP therapy.

How does the treatment work and what is involved?

PRP therapy works by stimulating the skin’s natural wound healing response. Platelets derived from the blood are concentrated in the plasma component and then activated to release their cytokines. These are proteins or peptides such as growth factors that tell cells what to do. When injected into the skin, they stimulate stem cells and trigger the body’s own wound healing cascade. This results in new collagen formation to soften fine lines and wrinkles, but also improves skin tone and quality.

The treatment involves taking a certain quantity of blood depending on the size of the area of skin to be treated. This is collected as in a simple blood test in special tubes and then centrifuged to concentrate the platelets in the plasma and separate it from the unwanted components of the blood.

This PLATELET RICH PLASMA can be used in a number of ways.

  • Injecting it very superficially into the skin, using fine needles and multiple injection points to ‘bathe’ the treated area.
  • Injecting it more deeply with a cannula, just below the skin
  • Using it in combination with other treatments, such as skin needling or resurfacing laser
What to expect after PRP treatment and what are the risks?

Mild redness and swelling, pin prick marks, blood spots and some bruising are all expected to occur after PRP injections. These reactions settle over a couple of days.

Excessive swelling, inflammation (redness), and bruising can occur uncommonly, which may take several days to resolve.

Complications of PRP therapy are rare but can include:
Bacterial infection, reactivation of cold sores (especially if treatment is around the mouth), haematoma formation.

How many PRP treatments are needed to see results?

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 seen 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.

What are the benefits of PRP therapy?
  • Uses completely natural ingredients derived from your own blood
  • Can treat all skin types and colours
  • Improves skin texture and tone
  • Reduces skin laxity, fine lines and wrinkles
  • Useful for areas of skin difficult to treat with other therapies
  • Short post treatment recovery time
  • Useful for faster healing after other procedures have been performed