PRP is an all-natural treatment that delivers truly fantastic, rejuvenating results to the complexion by stimulating the production of new skin cells deep within the layers of the skin.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a therapy that uses a client’s own ‘platelet-rich plasma’. A small vial of a client’s blood is taken (10 to 25mls) is taken from your arm much like a blood test. It is then spun in a centrifuge for eight to ten minutes to separate the red blood cells from the platelet-rich plasma.
The concentrated platelets are then injected back under the skin by a series of tiny injections using a very fine cannula needles. These platelets are the “sticky glue” that stops bleeding when you hurt yourself.
Their other job is to spur wound and tissue recovery by secreting growth factors. By injecting it into the deeper skin layers, fibroblasts and other cells can be stimulated to produce new skin cells that have a more youthful function and appearance.
Clients notice a more luminous, healthy glow to their complexion.
Doctors have used PRP Therapy since the mid-1990s to aid bone healing after sports and spinal injuries, but it can also be used cosmetically to improve skin texture and soften lines and wrinkles, particularly the crêpe – like skin under the eyes and on the eyelids, neck and décolletage, lines above the upper lips and the back of the hands.
It is also ideal to treat dull, dry skin and stimulate hair growth.
The skin area(s) to be treated may be numbed with a topical anaesthetic cream to minimise discomfort.
A single session every 6-12 months can be used to boost and lengthen the initial treatments.
Minor redness and swelling may occur and may last 24 hours. Some minor bruising is also possible and while it may be covered with makeup, bruising may last up to a week on those that tend to bruise easily.
PRP treatment is also not recommended for people with platelet or clotting disorders.
Do not take aspirin and/or anti-inflammatory drugs such as Nurofen® and Voltaren® for two weeks prior to treatment and six weeks after treatment.
If you take blood thinning supplements with omega 3 fatty acids (such as fish, krill or flax seed oil), you should also stop them during the preparation period outlined above.