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PRP Treatments (Platelet Rich Plasma)
Platelet Rich Plasma treatments are gaining popularity for treating a variety of skin concerns such as skin ageing, hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, uneven skin tone and visible loss of collagen. It is where a concentration of platelets separated from red blood cells are re-administered into the skin to produce corrective and dramatically improved skin appearance.
The process of PRP should only be carried out by a qualified phlebotomist within a clinical setting.
What is PRP?
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is plasma in which the concentration of platelets is higher than that of other components of the blood. To develop a PRP preparation, blood must first be drawn from a patient. The platelets are separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased during a process called centrifugation.
How does PRP therapy work?
A practitioner will take a blood sample and then use a spinning tool (the centrifuge) to separate the PRP from the rest of the blood. Then, we will either use a Microneedling device to prick the skin, making tiny holes in the skin's surface or administer it using a Mesotherapy device. This will then allow the PRP to be absorbed into the skin to start its reparative function.
PRP contains proteins, including growth factors and stem cells, with these proteins helping skin tissue repair and to multiple collagen.
What are the benefits of PRP?
There are many benefits of PRP therapy, including the treatment of: Acne scars / Surgical scars / Wrinkles and fine lines / Hyperpigmentation / Sun damage / Open pores / Uneven skin texture / Areas with loss collagen and elastin / Skin laxity.
The addition of either using a Microneedling or Mesotherapy technique to re-administer the PRP will enhance the effects dramatically, with your practitioner deciding which method is best suited following a consultation.
Who is suitable for PRP?
People who are in good health and ready to fight mild to moderate signs of ageing skin, acne scars, decreased collagen production, hyperpigmentation and open pores may be good candidates for PRP therapy. It is suited for all skin types, including darker skin tones.
How to prepare for your PRP treatment
- Stay hydrated (drink 2 litres of water for 3-4 days prior.
- Stay warm on the day.
- Avoid alcohol intake for 72 hours prior
- Exercise prior is recommended to increase blood flow
- Ensure you are fit and healthy to have blood taken
- Be confident you feel okay about having your blood taken (that you are not needle phobic)
*Please note in some rare cases it may not be possible to draw blood, due to external factors, however by following the above it will give you and your practitioner the best chance to work together in this procedure.
A full consultation will always take place prior to this therapy being booked.