What is platelet Rich Plasma? (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a non-surgical procedure for skin rejuvenation. It is often referred to as "Golden Facial" as it results in leaving your skin with a beautiful glow.
PRP is made up of your own blood plasma with a high density of your own platelets containing growth factors and cytokines. The release of growth factors to the application site activates restoration and remodelling of the dermal tissue, resulting in a boost of collagen production. This leads to enhancement of skin elasticity and texture improving tired/dry skin, uneven pigmentation, wrinkles and dark circles, smoothening of scars and can be beneficial for hair loss, increasing of hair volume and strength.
Approximately 10-20ml of your own blood (autologous tissue) are collected and then separated into it's components by a spinning process in a centrifuge.
The PRP component is injected or needled back into your skin and will be applied topically as a mask to complete the treatment session. As this is autologous tissue, any allergy potential is eliminated.
The procedure takes about 45-60 minutes under application of a topical numbing cream.
PRP is a safe procedure with minimal down-time. Results might be visible over time once the dermal remodelling process has started and it is recommended to have at least 3 treatments 4-6 weeks apart. Results can last as long as 18 months and you should aim for a maintenance treatment at least once every 12 months. More or less sessions might be necessary for some individuals. PRP treatments are an investment towards your future skin!
PRP application via skin needling
Platelet Rich Plasma can also be brought into the skin via micro-needling. Little micro-channels are opened up and the PRP will be needled down into the collagen producing skin layer, resulting in a more intense stimulation of collagen formation.
As micro-needling is removing a lot of dead and superficial skin cells in the process, your face will usually look red, comparable to a sun burn, for a few days. The skin will feel somewhat warm and tight and start to peel off dry cells for a little while.
The majority of clients observe a marked reduction in post treatment reactive effects with each of the following days and some will go back to their normal within just 3 days, though it might take up to a week for this. It is important to apply moisturiser freely and to wear sunscreen to protect the vulnerable skin until all irritation has settled (though wearing sunscreen to sun exposed areas should be a daily routine all year round!).
The wonderful reward of this method of PRP application is that you should feel how your skin is much smoother with a noticeable dewy glow in the weeks after. To optimise, and maintain long term effects, about 3 sessions 4-6 weeks apart and a yearly freshening-up treatment are recommended.
Smoothening of scar to cheek 2 weeks after initial PRP skin needing treatment