Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP treatment delivers rejuvenated skin by using products in your own blood to stimulate collagen production and improve elastin in the skin. This remarkable treatment, long used in sports medicine to stimulate healing from injuries is also used in maxillo-facial surgery and bone grafts, facial plastic and cosmetic surgery, eye surgery – retinal hole repair, leg ulcers and orthopaedic surgery – tendon and cartilage repair.
When injected into skin at various layers, the result is a gradual enhancement in skin texture and quality. PRP treatment is perfect when looking to improve the overall texture of the face or for thin skin that has developed a crepey texture.
Areas that are particularly well suited to PRP treatment include:
- The delicate skin around the eyes
- The face
- The neck area
- The décolletage area
- The backs of the hands
- To increase hair growth in men and women with male pattern baldness
A Natural Healer
Platelets are an important component of our blood. One of the main purposes for platelets is to start the process of blood clot formation following an injury. Platelets also contain many different growth factors responsible for promoting growth of both collagen and elastin. Injecting a concentrated solution of platelets into skin, will stimulate increased production of both.
The PRP Treatment Process
Initially, a consultation is needed to determine suitability for the treatment as well as to determine which areas are to being treated. Prior to the PRP treatment, blood will be taken from an arm. The amount taken will depend on how many areas we are treating. It can vary from 10–40 mls. The blood is placed in a centrifuge to separate the plasma and concentrate the platelets. The platelets are then activated with calcium to release the growth factors prior to injecting the PRP solution into the skin. There are various techniques used to inject this healing solution. At Brisbane’s Shine Clinic, we use a combination of techniques. Around the eye area, the solution is injected with a very fine needle into the crepey skin right up to the lash line. There are very few treatments that can get to this area and produce a result. For the remainder of the face, neck and décolletage we utilise the Dermastamp to inject small amounts of PRP very evenly at precisely the right depth. The other advantage of using the Dermastamp is that the needling itself also stimulates collagen.
Dermastamp – The Dermastamp is a needling device with a number of fine needles at the tip. The depth of the needles can be controlled depending on the treatment area. There is a chamber on the Dermastamp that can hold hyaluronic acid, growth factors as well as PRP solution. The solution is injected into the skin through the fine needles. This gives a very even distribution of the solution delivered to the desired depth. Needling the skin also stimulates collagen by creating a controlled injury. This is an excellent combination.
There will be some pin point bleeding from the skin in the treated area. A soothing face mask is applied after the treatment. The face will be red for 24–48 hours, but mineral makeup can be worn to cover this. There is also a possibility of bruising from the injections.
PRP for Hair Loss – There is growing evidence of benefits using PRP treatments to stimulate hair growth in areas of scalp thinning in men and women with male pattern baldness. A minimum of three treatments is recommended at 4–6 week intervals.
This special platelet rich plasma has intense repair qualities that will stimulate the growth of collagen, improve the moisture content of the skin and aid in growing thick healthy skin.
Who can have this treatment?
While this PRP treatment is probably the safest because it is using your own blood to produce the PRP solution, anyone who has problems with scarring from injections would not be a good candidate for this type of skin treatment. In addition to this, as we rely on the body’s healing ability to grow more collagen, if there are medical conditions that affect this process, results may not be as good. This is the case with smokers, people with disorders of the immune system or a disease affecting platelets.
What should I expect during treatment?
After an initial consultation, the treatment area will be cleansed, often a light microdermabrasion is performed and then topical anaesthetic applied. Blood is taken from the arm, identical to having a blood test. The PRP solution is prepared as described above. The solution is injected either with a fine needle into the skin or via the Dermastamp treatment for larger areas. If we are performing a PRP treatment to the scalp to stimulate hair growth the process is much the same, although the technique is to inject directly with a fine needle about 0.5 to 1 cm apart in the affected area.
We recommend that the treatment be completed in a series over a period of time. Generally, three treatments are done 4–6 weeks apart. The changes will be gradual over this time but can be expected to last well. We have seen reports of people still seeing positive results as much as a year or two later. It is recommended that a follow-up treatment be done every 6–12 months to maintain the best results.
Are there side effects or risks involved?
Because PRP treatments are made from our own blood, there is no need to worry about contaminants or allergies. No serious side effects have been noted for PRP treatments for facial rejuvenation. There is redness after the treatment for 24–48 hours that can be covered with mineral makeup. Also bruising is a possibility.
PRP treatments are a perfect complement to our Elos Sublative Radiofrequency treatments as both procedures work in slightly different ways to promote healthy growth of new collagen as well as improved skin texture.
At Shine Clinic, many of our clients like to combine PRP treatments with anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers to further reduce facial lines and improve areas of volume loss.