Platelet Rich Plasma information (vampire facial)

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What is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a natural, injectable anti-ageing treatment used at our Sydney based clinics. The procedure uses a small amount of your own blood, separating it in a centrifuge to leave the “plasma” full of growth factors and proteins. It is then reinjected into the areas of concern. This plasma has the highest concentration of growth factors for stimulating stem cells, which in turn, leads to collagen production, soft tissue healing, skin rejuvenation and, when injected into the scalp, increased hair growth. PRP is also used in sports medicine for joint, ligament, and tendon repair. It also encourages repair of burn wounds.

What is the procedure for PRP?

  • A numbing cream is applied topically for 30 minutes prior and a local anaesthetic block and laughing gas are also offered, for extra comfort at no extra charge.
  • A small blood sample is collected in specially designed tubes.
  • It is then spun in a centrifuge to separate your plasma and red blood cells.
  • The platelet rich plasma is then injected into the treatment area via small needles and/ or a super-fine cannula to minimise bruising.
  • Your platelets will then release growth factors to stimulate cells to regenerate new collagen.
  • This treatment can also be combined with a beauty booster using hyaluronic acid, muscle relaxant and skin needling.

Plasma Rich Plasma before and after

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Patient 1 – 6 months after x 3 Cellenis PRP treatments

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Patient 2 – 12 weeks post x 2 Cellenis PRP treatments

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Patient 3 – 18 months post 6 x PRP Treatments

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Patient 4 – 3 months post 3 x PRP Injections

What is the procedure for PRP?

  • This treatment can also be combined with a beauty booster using hyaluronic acid, muscle relaxant and skin needling.
  • Dull, thin or crepey skin on face, hands or body
  • Fine lines of the face
  • Scarring post acne, surgery, or stretch marks
  • Poor tone and texture of skin around the eyes, neck and chest
  • Recent hair loss or thinning (within 2 years of occurrence)
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Centrifuge device

What are the benefits of PRP?

  • 3 treatments in total are needed: 1 treatment at 4 to 6 week intervals, times 3
  • Results are maintained at 6 – 12 months intervals, depending on your age and the condition of your skin
  • Results are gradual, because PRP needs time for collagen production to take effect
  • Results will be visible at 2 weeks; Full results are seen at 4 months after your 3rd treatment
  • No two clients will experience the same results, therefore, a personalised plan is required

Possible Side Effects

  • Since your own plasma is used, the procedure, in general, has fewer side effects than dermal fillers
  • Expect some swelling for 12-48 hours; you may require time off work for few days
  • Redness, small bumps and tenderness for 12-24 hours
  • Some clients may experience a headache
  • Bruising for approximately 7 days. No moisturiser or make-up that day, but may be worn the next day.
  • A bruise at the venipuncture site may be visible for 2-3 days
  • Infection is very rare.

Aftercare, post-procedure hints:

  • Do not touch your face, use creams, or make-up for 12 hours
  • Do not lie on your face and please do sleep elevated for a few nights
  • Do not apply ice or take antihistamines, as we want an inflammatory response
  • Do not do strenuous exercise, yoga, steam rooms, saunas for 48 hours
  • You may require 24-48 hours off work for under eye swelling

What is PRP used for in Aesthetic Medicine?

  • PRP therapy acts as a natural filler, improving the texture and appearance of your skin.
  • Facial rejuvenation (particularly fine skin)
  • Improves skin quality, laxity and texture
  • Reduces scarring
  • Rejuvenates the fine skin above the eye
  • Minimises under eye circles and hollows
  • Refreshes the thin skin of the neck and decolletage
  • Enhances the skin of the hands, elbows, knees, thighs and abdomen
  • Regenerates hair growth to the scalp (when hair loss is within the last two years)
  • Skin hydration is increased, offering improved natural skin glow.

How many treatments will I need?

A consultation is required to see if you are suited to PRP treatment.

  • Severe skin disease
  • Cancer and chemotherapy patients
  • Severe metabolic and/or systemic disorders
  • Blood disorders and/or abnormal platelet function
  • Some auto -immune diseases
  • HIV
  • Steroid use in last month
  • Smokers
  • Pregnancy, breastfeeding and IVF

What can you do before a PRP treatment for best results?

  • Drink plenty water to be well hydrated 48 hours leading up to the procedure
  • Reduce your fat, alcohol and caffeine intake, particularly that morning
  • Stop all omegas-oils, green teas and supplements that increase bruising for one week
  • Arrive ½ hour before your appointment for numbing cream and eat before arriving

How much will it cost?

  • Starts from $ 550 – 1 vial PRP which will treat 1 area. The face, neck or décolletage; the hairline, under eyes, or around the mouth. All fees are discussed prior during the treatment plan.
  • Additional treatments may be offered, as needed

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Anti-Wrinkle Injections Sydney

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  • A 30 to 45-minute procedure, typically.
  • Minimal downtime – most patients return to work the same day.
  • Minimal discomfort- as icy poles, numbing cream, dental nerve blocks and laughing gas are offered at no cost.
  • Long-lasting results 3-4 months +.

Anti-Wrinkle treatments have been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration in Australia since 2002, but have been used for various medical conditions (twitches, tics and spasms), since 1989.

These injections, performed in our Sydney Clinic, work by relaxing the muscles responsible for creating fine lines and wrinkles.

At Form & Face Sydney Clinic, our Aesthetic Nurse Specialists have been injecting Dermal Fillers in Australia, since 1992. They work very closely with our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Ben Norris, to ensure optimal results with a high level of patient safety.

How do Anti-Wrinkle injections work?

When injected, the neuro-toxin is placed into the muscle responsible for the contractions. Anti-Wrinkle injections block the chemical messenger, acetylcholine, which in turn prevents the transmission of signals going to the muscle. As a result, the muscular contractions stop or are minimised, depending on the patient’s desire and/or cost. This reduces the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles at the surface of your skin. Over time, the treated area becomes smoother and younger-looking and prevents deeper wrinkles forming. It’s like pushing the pause button on the ageing process.

Is the treatment painful?

  • Most people think it is not painful but similar to a mild sting like a mosquito that disappears instantly.
  • The super tiny needles used are smaller than a diabetic needle.  
  • To make your experience at Form and Face most comfortable, you will be offered icy poles, a topical anaesthetic cream or nitrous oxide (laughing gas), to ensure that you are relaxed and relatively pain free.

Are there any differences between Anti-Wrinkle injections and Dermal Fillers?

Anti-wrinkle injections contain a substance that relaxes the muscles by preventing the transmission of signals that are responsible for creating muscular contractions. Once these contractions are gone, the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines are reduced.

In contrast, dermal fillers contain a gel-like substance that is found naturally in your skin: hyaluronic acid. When injected, this substance refines lines and adds volume and/or fullness to the treatment area. It also provides hydration to your skin.

For best results, anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers are used together.

Other, non-cosmetic uses of Anti-Wrinkle injections include:

  • Migraine headaches
  • Teeth clenching or grinding
  • T.M.J (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder)
  • Excessive sweating to scalp, forehead and underarms (Hyperhidrosis)

Who is suitable for treatment?

Anyone seeking treatment should have good physical and mental health, realistic expectations, and a positive outlook. If you have any allergies, skin infection, muscle or nerve condition, or undiagnosed medical condition, you should inform your Aesthetic Nurse Specialist to prevent complications. You cannot be treated while pregnant, breast feeding or undergoing IVF treatments, or if you are unwell.

How will I care for the treated area?

  • Stay in an upright position, sitting or standing for the first 4 hours, after your treatment.
  • Avoid vigorous washing, massaging, or rubbing the treated area/s for 12 hours.
  • Avoid strenuous activities for 24 hours.
  • You can return to work immediately as redness & swelling is gone in approximately 15 min and bruising is rare.

How long will the results last?

The results vary from patient to patient. This will depend on several factors like the strength of the muscles to be injected, the dosage needed to provide the desired result, and the location to be injected.

  • It takes 2-3 days for anti-wrinkle injections to exert their effect on the underlying muscle. The effects are gradually seen each day.
  • Full results are seen in 10-14 days, so be patient.
  • Maintenance treatments are required at 3-4 months to ensure long-lasting effects.
  • Excessive exercise, extreme pain, stress, social drug use, and medication that speed up the metabolism may also reduce results.

Are there any side effects associated with the treatment?

Side effects are rare and mild in nature, including the following:

  • Bruising is rare and is often gone in less than 5-7 days (make-up will usually conceal).
  • Inflammation, redness, and swelling is usually gone within 15-30 minutes.
  • Small lumps at treatment site – rare but resolve within 24 hours.
  • Headaches – usually occurring on the first day or so and relieved with Panadol.
  • Asymmetry – easily adjusted at 2 weeks.
  • Heavy eyelids or eyebrows – prescription eyedrops may help a droopy eyelid or extra units to lateral eyebrows.

What concerns are best treated with anti-wrinkle injections?

  • Forehead and frown lines
  • Brow lifting/shaping
  • Crow’s feet
  • Nasal/bunny lines
  • Gummy Smile
  • Chin dimpling
  • Depressed corners of the mouth
  • Wrinkles above the lip (Lip flip)
  • Definition of jawline & pull up sagging neck skin with a ‘Nefertiti Lift’
  • Vertical Neck Bands
  • Facial jawline slimming
  • Pore-reduction, decrease oil production
  • Droopy nasal tip

How much do anti-wrinkle injections cost in Sydney?

The total cost of the treatment may vary from patient to patient. This is because anti-wrinkle injections are customised to suit the varying needs of every patient. There are several factors that you need to consider when getting an estimate of the total cost of your treatment.
These include the following:

  • The total number of units that you received during your procedure.
    determines the cost.
  • That number is determined by your specialist and your specific needs.
  • The number of areas treated, the strength of the muscles treated and/or what your budget allows (maximum vs baby-tox).

During your initial consultation at Form & Face clinic in Sydney, we will give you a detailed, honest breakdown of the total costs associated with your treatment.

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