PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma)
PRP contains high levels of platelets and when injected into tissue, growth factors are released, which are vital for tissue healing and repair. Tissue that is aged and damaged usually reflects poor texture, wrinkles, sagging and an uneven tone. Patients that want a natural appearance are increasingly recognizing PRP as a useful natural intervention to aid tissue and collagen stimulation.
How does it work?
A small sample of your own blood is processed in a highly specialised, state of the art system: The Arthrex ACP double-syringe system is used to facilitate the safe and rapid preparation of autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) designed to extract the PRP in a safe, clinical manner. PRP is then injected into the areas that require tissue remodelling and rejuvenation. PRP is your own unique blood and so you are using your own natural resources to repair and improve your skin tissue.
As your skin is healing, the growth factors, in a higher concentration that would normally be fund induces new and extra collagen, new cells and increased normal vascularity of the skin. This has a profound effect of the appearance of the skin, much tighter, and brighter and immediately fewer wrinkles, especially combined with Centennial skin.
What are the benefits of PRP?
- Wrinkled skin on the neck and décolletage
- Ageing of the hands
- Lines and puffiness around the eyes
- Rejuvenation of lips
- Acne scars
- Stretch marks
- Hair loss – Significant results for hair restoration
- Scar revision stretch marks
- Orthopaedic therapies and Healing – joint pain and tendonitis
- Enhancing Surgical result; whilst combined with Fat Grafting, PRP is then injected into the areas that require tissue regeneration and rejuvenation.
Is there any discomfort during PRP?
Each person is unique and the response to intra-dermal injections will vary, though adverse reactions are rare. Dr Kremer may use a topical anaesthesia for greater comfort before injecting your PRP. You may feel a ‘tingling’ sensation after the procedure and there may be redness, slight swelling and sometimes bruising, but this is temporary.
How long will the treatment take?
The processing of your PRP will take 20 minutes and the procedure will take on average 45-60 minutes, depending on the area been treated.
What is the Downtime of PRP?
PRP injections may bring about the possibility of developing a tiny bruise, especially on the needle's entry point. Some patients may also experience slight swelling.
The absorption with PRP is achieved in as little as 24 hours. With all of these things considered, it can be said that PRP injection downtime can range anywhere from 24 to 72 hours. After such time, you can go back to your usual routine as long as you wear sun cream!
How many treatments will I need?
Everyone is different, therefore it depends on the individual skin type and area being treated.
However, you can have PRP treatments every 2-3 weeks or so. By stacking this needling in a series of 2-3 weeks, there is an additive effect in collagen production and contraction. Usually after 8-12 weeks, the real result is seen, and it is recommended that you have a single maintenance session every 4- 5 months.
Can I Have PRP if I get Botox and Fillers?
Yes, it is a good combination to choose. PRP two weeks after Botox or fillers is ideal, as the collagen production of PRP enhances the healing of wrinkled lines and the new collagen production and remodelling of collagen for constant improvement of skin texture and appearance.