Platelet-Rich Plasma is a natural treatment which utilises the patient's own plasma (a component of blood) to stimulate collagen and elastin in the skin. This results in a "natural" filler which refreshes and revitalises skin leaving it stronger, thicker, and hydrated.
What is PRP?
Blood is drawn from the arm and then spun in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells and white blood cells from the plasma components. The plasma portion contains platelets, these cells not only aid in clot formation contain a high amount of "growth factors". Growth factors stimulate new cell growth and stimulate tissue healing.
PRP is used to treat a variety of conditions including:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Skin laxity, tone, texture, and colour
- Dark circles, and 'crapey' undereye skin
- Male pattern baldness (hair loss)
- Chronic tendonitis, bursitis and arthritis
- Stretch marks
- Rippling resulting from breast implants
How is the PRP Performed?
Once the plasma portion has been separated it is injected into the skin. A topical anaesthetic is applied beforehand to ensure the procedure i comfortable and painless.
Recovery From PRP
As a non-surgical procedure, recovery time is minimal. Immediately after the treatment, you may expect some bruising, swelling and redness at the injection sites. If your practitioner has injected the PRP superficially it will take around 48 hours for the product to be reabsorbed into the skin. Ice gently, applied to the area will aid any bruising or swelling.
Results From PRP
Most patients will require three to six treatments at four week intervals. The production of collagen can take up to three months to occur and the results can differ depending on the individual.
Results can last up to three years. Factors such as smoking, stress and illness can effect your results and the number of treatments required.
PRP For Under Eyes
Curtsey of Aust M, Pototschnig H, Jamchi S, et al. (July 18, 2018) Platelet-rich Plasma for Skin Rejuvenation and Treatment of Actinic Elastosis in the Lower Eyelid Area. Cureus 10(7): e2999. doi:10.7759/cureus.2999
Frequently Asked Questions
Is PRP a filler?
No, PRP is not a filler and should not be treated as such. It is a solution used to improve overall skin health.
Can you get HIV/Aids from PRP?
No. PRP consists of your own blood. You cannot contract HIV/Aids if you do not already have HIV/Aids. The news reports that circulated a while ago claiming that patients had contracted HIV from PRP were due to the practitioner reusing medical equipment on multiple patients. You can rest assured that the clinic follows STRICT hygiene and safety protocols, and will NEVER reuse disposable equipment.
Who can't have PRP?
Most patients are suitable candidates for PRP. Although, those undergoing anticoagulant therapy, individuals with platelet dysfunction syndrome, critical thrombocytopenia, hypofibrinogenemia hemodynamic instability, sepsis, acute & chronic infections and chronic liver pathology are not suitable candidates.