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PRP Injection (Platelet Rich Plasma)
Platelet-rich Plasma uses cells from you own body to reduce the impact of thinning or sagging skin, age spots, wrinkling, or thin, empty tissue.
The procedure uses no drugs and no artificial products. A quantity of your own blood is collected and then synthesized to collect the platelet-rich plasma contained in your own blood. This plasma is then injected into the areas to be treated.
Which facial and body areas can be treated with a PRP injection?
- Fine delicate skin around the eyes
- Cheeks and mid-face
- Jaw line
- Chest and décolletage
- Backs of hands and arms
Aging of the skin, on the surface, and deeper down, reduces the elasticity of the skin. This means the skin texture and appearance deteriorate, and dryness can be a problem. This is characterized by sagging, thin skin, puffiness in lower areas, age spots, wrinkles of the forehead, cheek, neck and decolletage. Tissue on the arms and hands can become thin and empty. Sun exposure worsens the effect, and the high UV in Australia is particularly pronounced.
PRP injections and skin rejuvenation can assist with the treatment of all of these conditions.
The process is usually repeated within 4-6 weeks, and then repeated once a year for maintenance. The process typically takes about an hour per session.
Expectations for a PRP Treatment
Results are visible at 3 weeks and improve gradually over ensuing months with improvement in texture and tone.
Cosmeceuticals (biologically active skin care) and Light therapies can enhance the results.
Advanced wrinkling cannot be reversed and a minimal improvement is predictable in persons with drug, alcohol and tobacco usage. Severe scarring may not respond.
Further plasma treatment is also popular and safe. A PRP injection is effective and well tolerated, but patient selection is important if predictable results are to be expected.
Are results immediate?
No. Swelling from the fluid is what you will see and feel first. Once the swelling has subsided you will not see much change at all. Over a few weeks the Platelets will stimulate the growth factors which will assist in more collagen growth.
How many PRP treatments are required?
This will depend upon the health and age of your skin. Normally it is advised to have 2 – 3 treatments 4 weeks apart. However your clinician will determine your treatment protocol according to your skin condition.
How long do results last for?
Treatment results vary however in most patients the results last up to 18months. Repeat treatments will maintain the results as well.
Conditions where PRP is contra-indicated or not advised as suitable
Some mild bruising may occur. These signs may take up to 3 days to vanish. Sensitive areas, such as the corners of the mouth, tend to bruise a little more. Some redness, swelling, itching or discomfort may occur. In the case of a lip augmentation, the swelling can be considerable for a few days.
Occasionally some patients may notice some discoloration at the injection site. Typically, resolution is spontaneous, within one or two days of injection into the skin, and within a week after lip augmentation.
Temporary palpable lumpiness at the injection site may occur.
Joint pain or muscle pain or headaches have been reported, but are unlikely.
Complications (What can go wrong?)
- If you have a history of cold sores in the treated area, filler injections may cause them to break out again. Your Doctor will give you a prescription for antiviral tablets that must be taken before and after the treatment.
- Immediate allergic type reactions: Prolonged redness, swelling, itching or hard lumps at the points of injection. Sometimes they can last for several months or longer, but this is extremely uncommon.
Delayed allergic type reactions happen with a reported incidence of 1 in every 2,000 patients. Red lumps may appear underneath the skin many months later and are permanent in a small number of cases.
In very rare cases (less than 1 in 15,000 treatments) granuloma (lumpy tissue), superficial necrosis (skin death) and urticaria (red wheals) have been reported. These reactions generally start a few days after treatment, but can appear after 2 to 4 weeks. They are generally reported as mild to moderate and self-limiting, with an average duration of two weeks.
Conditions that will mean you cannot have this treatment:
- Active infection e.g. acne.
- Known allergy to Hyaluronic acid.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding (as there is no research data)
- All side effects and complications of treatment should be reported to your treating Doctor.
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