Frequently asked questions
PRP is suitable for ?
PRP treatment is suitable for:
Tired and dry skin, laxity of skin, uneven pigmentation
Signs of skin ageing
Fine lines and wrinkles
Overall texture and tone improvement
Certain types of alopecia or general hair thinning
People who may experience risk of allergic reactions from other treatments
People looking for a natural treatment using the body’s own healing process
Dark circles around the eyes
Fine lines around the mouth
Dull, rough, or grey skin tone and texture
Sun damaged skin
Crepey skin in the eye, neck and décolletage area
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy and how does it work?
PRP therapy involves harvesting platelets from the patient’s own blood in order to inject them into problem skin areas, giving it the nicknames Vampire Facelift and Dracula Therapy. Before the procedure, a small amount of blood is taken from the patient and put into a centrifuge, where the blood is spun in order to separate the red blood cells from the platelet plasma. The platelet plasma, which is the component of the blood that is known for being highly effective in treating burns and skin injuries, is then activated and injected into the chosen area, where it plumps up the skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
When the platelet plasma is injected into the skin, the platelets release their growth factors. The growth factors stimulate other cells surrounding the injection site, plumping them up and causing them to increase in volume. The platelet plasma sends out signals to other cells in the body when it is injected, telling them to rush forward to the injection site.
One cell that is stimulated during the process is the fibroblast cell, which is the cell type that creates collagen. Collagen is what gives skin a youthful appearance. As we age, collagen is produced less and less, causing wrinkles and fine lines in the skin, and therapies such as PRP therapy that stimulate collagen production can counteract this. Another cell stimulated during the process is the pre-adipocyte cell, which is a cell type that can convert into a fat cell, which is especially important in the face to fill out lines and to contour the face.
What does the procedure involve? Is it safe?
Following your consultation with our specialist nurse injector, your nurse will draw 8-24ml of blood. This is done in a similar way to when you have blood taken for testing.
The blood will then be spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelet plasma from the red blood cells using one of the branded systems described. Any makeup on the skin will be removed using a wipe, and antiseptic will be applied to the injection site. Topical anaesthetic cream may be applied before injection, meaning re-injection causes little to no pain.
The PRP will then be injected into the skin. Injections will be given multiple times in multiple locations in order to give an overall improvement to the area. The whole procedure usually takes about 1 to 1.5 hours (majority of this time is due to the topical aesthetic).
Is it safe?
Because PRP uses your own blood, the risk of immunological reactions or contamination with transmissible diseases is eliminated.
How many treatments do I need? Are results immediate?
How many treatments do I need?
This may vary depending on your skin condition, lifestyle and your expectations. 3 treatments, 1 month apart is normal. Once you and the practitioner are happy with the results you can simply maintain the look with top-up treatments maybe every 12-24 months.
Are results immediate?
Typically first results are visible 2 weeks after treatment and full results around 4 months after, as platelets stimulate the release of growth factors which assist in collagen regeneration. Increasing the collagen in your skin means over time your skin will appear fully refreshed, rejuvenated, younger and fresher looking. Results will vary from one individual to the other. Treatment results vary however in most patients the results last up to 18 months. Touch up treatments will maintain the results as well.
Who should NOT have a Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy treatment?
To undergo PRP therapy, you should be in general good health and you should have realistic expectations of the outcome. Most people are suitable candidates for PRP therapy, and it is recommended as a safe treatment for individuals who are unable to undergo more invasive procedures such as a full face lift, due to the risks associated with general anaesthetic (although it will not achieve the same results as a surgical face lift).Individuals with platelet dysfunction syndrome, critical thrombocytopenia, hypofibrinogenaemia, haemodynamic instability, sepsis, acute & chronic infections and chronic liver pathology and cigarette smokers are not suitable candidates for PRP therapy. Those undergoing anti-coagulant therapy are also not suitable candidates.If you are on medications such as anti-inflammatories (such as ibuprofen or similar), fish oil, krill oil, St John’s Wort or Vitamin E, these should be stopped at least 2 days beforehand as these medications can affect platelet function. You should make your treatment provider aware of any medications you are taking and the ramifications will be discussed during your consultation.
Recovery after PRP
PRP requires little recovery time. There are few side effects associated with PRP. Immediately after the procedure, you can expect some swelling and redness that appears much like sunburn, by the third day this should diminish. You may also experience some tenderness, occasionally a bruise and discomfort at the injection sites. Though you may notice these changes, you will not likely have any significant downtime as a result of these symptoms. Side effects should dissipate within a few days following the procedure. With a light make-up application You can go back to your regular daily activities after your appointment and, no one will be the wiser about your procedure. Look forward to a dewy and firmer skin.
Packages are available.