What Is PRP Therapy?
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a non-surgical procedure that can be used to treat acne scars, surgical scars, hyperpigmentation issues, uneven and dull skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles. Plasma is a component of blood which is full of healing and growth factors. When PRP is introduced back into the skin, the growth factors stimulate collagen-producing cells and new blood vessel formation resulting in skin looking refreshed and rejuvenated.
What Are The Benefits Of PRP Therapy?
- Brighter and smoother skin tone
- Helps to restore lost volume
- Reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
- Virtually no downtime is needed
- As your own plasma (extracted from your own blood) is used, it is a relatively safe technique with very little chance of reaction to the plasma. This means it’s the ideal procedure for anyone who feels worried about injecting foreign substances into their body.
Who Are The Ideal Candidates For PRP Therapy?
This treatment is suitable for all patients who are not pregnant or breastfeeding and is cleared and safe to be used on ALL skin types including very light and darker skin tones.
PRP will improve skin quality and smooth fine lines of the face, hands and neck area. Patients will notice an improvement in puffiness and darkness under the eyes. Overall the skin will appear more youthful, tighter, and with an improved skin tone. PRP treatment is ideal for individuals that are searching for a natural improvement in their appearance.
How Is PRP Therapy Performed?
Firstly, blood is taken from the patient; it is then centrifuged to separate out the plasma. Plasma is a component of blood which is full of healing and growth factors This plasma is then injected into your skin using an injection device. The injection device is used to penetrate the skin and introduce your own repair cells into the dermis to induce repair. The technique of injecting PRP is virtually painless with the use of the injection device and the whole treatment takes about an hour.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The recommended protocol for optimal results is 3-4 sessions at 4-6week intervals. After these treatments are complete, some patients may require maintenance therapy once or twice a year. Patients who smoke or have a lot of sun damage will require more treatments.
What Are The Side Effects?
As your own plasma is used, it is a relatively safe procedure with very little chance of reaction to the plasma. However, it is possible that a person may have irritation, pain, or bleeding related to the injection site. Most patients experience post-injection swelling during which their scalp remains somewhat pink and numb for a few hours.
When Will I See Results?
To achieve the best results, it is recommended that patients have 3-4 sessions spaced at 4-6 weeks intervals. Patients will notice an improvement in skin texture in the first month. Maximum collagen regeneration occurs around 3 months after the initial treatment. The results are typically maintained for 18-24months. Maintaining the results usually requires 1-2 yearly touch-up treatments.
How Much Does PRP Therapy Cost?
Please contact us for the cost of PRP treatment based on area. If you purchase a package of 3 treatments, you will get a 10% discount.
Can This Treatment Be Done The Same Day As A Facial Or Laser Treatment?
No. Facials, Lasers, Botox and Dermal Filler treatments cannot be done for 1 week before or 1 week after PRP treatments.
Can I Get This Treatment If I Am On Accutane?
No. Accutane must be stopped for 6 months prior to this treatment
When Can I Return To Normal Activities?
Overall, PRP treatments will not require much downtime. Most people can resume their normal activities within 24 hours after having a PRP injection.
Do I Need To Do Anything In Preparation For This Treatment?
Please advise us prior to treatment if you have suffered in the past with cold sores on the skin or lips. This viral infection may be re-activated in these areas by any injection treatments. You may be required to take an anti-viral medication such as Valtrex on the day of your treatment and for several days after your treatment