PRP

Platelet Rich Plasma information (vampire facial)

PRP model 01-2, Form & Face clinic

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.

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)

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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