PRP Injection

When we age, our skin’s ability to produce collagen and maintain hydration becomes markedly diminished. Coupled with sun exposure and damaging lifestyle choices, our skin takes on further abuse. PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy) is a non-invasive treatment that can stimulate collagen and improve the skin’s texture and elasticity. PRP therapy uses ‘platelet-rich plasma’, your own platelets and plasma taken from a small sample of your blood.

What is PRP used for?

Fat injection is a good option if you:

  • To improve the texture of the skin and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Treat lines around and under the eyes and on the neck
  • Facial rejuvenation including nasolabial lines, marionette lines, forehead lines
  • Neck ageing and rejuvenation
  • Chest and décolletage rejuvenation
  • Mild to moderate acne scarring and other scarring
  • Back of hands
  • Hair loss

How to prepare

Best results are obtained in those individuals who:

  • Do not smoke
  • Avoid excess alcohol and drugs
  • Avoid aspirin and antiinflammatories such as nurofen and voltaren 2 weeks before and 6 weeks after treatment
  • Avoid Omega 3, Vit E supplements, Ginko Baloba for the same amount of time as aspirin and antiinflammatories

How is PRP Done?

A small collection of blood 20mls, is taken and processed to give us the PRP required for your treatment. This is done by placing your blood in a centrifuge to separate the plasma and platelets from your red blood cells. The concentrated source of autologous platelets within the plasma contain numerous growth factors that stimulate tissue regeneration and remodeling. After application of a topical anaesthetic the PRP is then injected into your skin, much like having other cosmetic injections. The entire process takes about an hour.

  • Avoid massaging the treated area for up to 48 hours after treatment.
  • Aggressive facials or any heat diffusing treatments like lasers should be avoided for the first month.
  • Avoid the sun for 48 hours post treatment. Use a good sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30 for two weeks.
  • Do not take any inflammatory medicines for at least 2 weeks after the treatment.

Results and the Recovery Time

Initially you will see minor bruising or swelling from the treatment itself, this will gradually subside. For the first 2 weeks there is minimal change. The neck is slower to improve than the face. Results become more visible around the 3 week period as platelets stimulate growth factors with concomitant collagen and skin production, this improvement will continue over the ensuing months particularly in skin texture and tone providing a thickening and tightening effect. Minimal improvement occurs in persons with heavy alcohol, tobacco or drug usage as these patients harvest poor platelets.
Three treatment sessions are generally recommended, spaced 1-2 months apart, to achieve the best outcome. Your skin should still improve with time following your treatment programme.
PRP lasting results will depend on the patient’s anatomy and individual circumstances, also care and maintenance of your skin are important. However, 2-3 treatments will help results last up to 18 months.

  • It does not involve surgery and this makes it an attractive option for elderly patients.
  • Patients usually are able to immediately return to their daily activities with few or no side effects.
  • Due to the patient own blood being used, risk factors of disease transmission or immune reactions to foreign blood is eliminated.

Who cannot have PRP?

PRP is not suitable patients who/have:

  • Smoke
  • Drug and heavy alcohol use
  • Platelet or Clotting disorders
  • Acute or Chronic Infections
  • Severe systemic disease eg malignancy, chronic liver pathology
  • On anticoagulant or antiplatelet therapy eg. aspirin, warfarin, dipyridamole, clopidogril