Updated: Oct 29, 2018
What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is a skin rejuvenation procedure that uses your bodies own platelet rich plasma to radically improve the quality and appearance of your skin. A powerhouse of growth factors, stem cells and platelets, PRP will accelerate the normal healing process via new collagen formation to regenerate damaged and ageing skin, giving rise to improved texture, tone, pigmentation, hydration, elasticity and radiance.
PRP treatment is incredibly safe, as we are using the healing components of your own blood, so reaction or allergy is not possible. PRP has been widely used for many years in cosmetic surgery, dentistry & physiotherapy.
What Parts Of The Face Can Be Treated?
All skin tones, and all parts of the face can be treated, with the most effective results seen for areas of crepe like changes such as the neck, décolletage, around the eyes and mouth.
PRP can also be used on the backs of hands, and is very effective for scar reduction such as acne scarring or surgical or traumatic scars, hydrating and replenishing volume loss, and the treatment of early onset hair loss.
Am I Suitable For Treatment?
PRP is a fantastic skin rejuvenation procedure, suitable for a multitude of skin concerns, it can be used on any part of the body, and is suitable for all skin tones.
Treatment is best sited to healthy individuals, that are non-smokers, and who do not drink or take substances in excess.
The treatment is NOT suitable for patients who have any of the following conditions: low platelet count or platelet/clotting disorders, acute or chronic infections, sepsis, chronic liver disease, patients undergoing anticoagulation therapy (warfarin, aspirin, dabigatran).
What Is Involved?
The procedure involves taking a small sample of the patient’s blood (like a blood test) and spinning it through a special piece of technology to separate the red blood cells from the plasma. The platelets are then extracted and injected into your skin.
The treatment is well tolerated, and is performed using small, local injections with a needle or cannula (blunt end needle) this technique moves blood vessels and nerves to the side, reducing your risk of bruising.
A numbing cream is applied to the skin prior to treatment to enhance comfort.
Once injected into your skin, the PRP will initiate tissue repair, and regeneration by delivering growth factors necessary for the cellular process. This process brings long-lasting tissue rejuvenation using your own cells.
What Should I Expect After Treatment?
Swelling, redness & tenderness in the treated areas is common especially around the eyes, which can sometimes bruise. Bruising can be concealed with make-up after 24 hours and can take 1-2 weeks to clear. Mild swelling and redness usually lasts approximately 24-48 hours, with swelling around the eyes persisting for 24-72 hours.
When Will I See Results?
Results are cumulative and not visible immediately – initially, you will observe mild swelling from the fluid, once this has settled, you will notice an increased smoothness from the hydrating effects, this then tapers off to looking like nothing much at all.
Over the following few weeks after your treatment, the process of growth factor stimulation will begin to show, with the start of collagen stimulation and growth. Over the following months, there will be a noticeable improvement in the texture, tone, and radiance of the skin.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
At Louise Highet Aesthetics, I recommend 3 treatments at 4-6 week intervals, followed by a booster at 6 months and yearly maintenance to enhance and maintain your results. Results will last approximately 18 months.
What Are The Costs Involved?
Full Face, Neck or Décolletage (2 vials per treatment area) $700 per treatment (3 required at 4-6 week intervals) followed by 1 at 6 months, then yearly maintenance is recommended.
Dermal Needling add on $75
Dermal Needling or the “Vampire Facial” PRP + Dermal Needling (1 vial per treatment) $550