Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy for Skin Rejuvenation
Platelet-rich plasma is a safe, natural, anti-ageing treatment, which makes use of the growth factors and healing cells in your own blood. It is a non-toxic, hypoallergenic treatment, which avoids the use of any synthetic ingredients or products. PRP is an established treatment in many fields of medicine, including facial aesthetic surgery, wound healing, dentistry, and orthopaedic surgery.
PRP can be used as a stand-alone procedure, which will leave skin looking smoother, younger and revitalised. It can also be used in conjunction with other treatments such as surgery, laser and light treatments, and chemical peels. At Fitzgerald Plastic Surgery, our standard offering includes an IPL treatment following your PRP treatment, to enhance and stimulate the results.
What is PRP?
PRP stands for Platelets Rich Plasma, it is a high concentration of blood Platelets in a small volume of Plasma. Platelets are small but POWERFUL they contain growth factor proteins that help stimulate new collagen and can help to reverse the signs of ageing.
What areas can be treated?
Platelet derived growth factors can help to rejuvenate loose sagging skin of the face. It is safe for the delicate under eye area and ‘crepey’ eyelids, fine lines and wrinkles of the lip lines, neck, décolletage, hands, surgical scars and acne scars. Great results can be seen around the eye area in particular.
What is involved?
Platelet rich plasma therapy is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure performed in one session, which typically lasts an hour. We take a small amount of blood (about 10ml) from your arm, similar to any other blood test you may have had in the past. Your blood is then immediately ‘spun down’ in our centrifuge in order to separate the red blood cells and other blood components from the platelet rich plasma the straw coloured serum that contains your body,s repair cells. Your skin is numbed with a topical local anaesthetic cream to help minimise any discomfort.
The platelet rich plasma serum is then injected with a very small, fine needle or cannula into areas of skin to be treated. Your natural repair factors are thus delivered directly into areas of your face where the skin is thinning, wrinkled, sagging, discoloured or damaged or scarred. The injection process takes 15-30 minutes and all areas are usually treated, such as the face, neck décolletage or back of the hands.
Are there any side effects?
Redness and some swelling are to be expected for a day or so following treatment. There is a risk of bruising, and therefore, like all our injectable treatments, we advise you to avoid having this treatment done within a couple of weeks of any social or other occasion for which it would be completely unacceptable to you, to have any bruising in the treated area. Should a bruise occur, it is perfectly fine to apply make-up to the area, from the day following treatment, in order to help disguise the bruising.
Excess alcohol, blood-thinning medication, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, oral steroids, and high doses of vitamin C, E, garlic, ginkgo, and ginseng, should be avoided in the week before this treatment. (If you have been prescribed blood-thinning medication, please note that we do not recommend discontinuing that medication, without consultation with the prescribing doctor).
What results can I expect from a PRP treatment?
Results can be seen from 2 weeks this also depends on the condition of your skin prior to the treatment. Improvement continues up to one year (or longer) after a treatment, as the collagen, etc., stimulated by the PRP injection matures and becomes more robust.