PLATELET RICH PLASMA

This treatment involves the collection of your blood (approximately 8 – 16ml), then your own blood is spun down using a centrifuge to separate out the plasma. The PRP portion of your blood is then injected back into your skin to stimulate new collagen production, and to re-energise your cells into rejuvenating themselves. The product injected is 100% your own blood by-product

What is PRP?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections bathe troubled cells in a concentrated mixture made from your own blood. This treatment offered at our clinic involves the collection of your blood (approximately 8-16 mL), then your blood is spun down using centrifuge to separate out the plasma and platelet portion using the separator gel as a special filter. The PRP portion of your blood is then injected back into your skin to stimulate new collagen production, and to re- energise your cells into rejuvenating themselves. The product injected is 100% your blood by-product.

Please note that you should not have PRP treatment done if you have any of the following conditions:
Skin conditions and diseases including facial cancer (past and present), SCC, BCC and Melanoma,
Systematic cancer, Chemotherapy
Dermatological diseases affecting the face (i.e. porphyria)
Blood disorders and Platelet abnormalities
Anticoagulation Therapy. (e.g. Warfarin)

Pre-treatment Instructions

We recommend patients avoid or discontinue certain medications prior to injection:
– avoid corticosteroid medications for 2 to 3 weeks prior to the procedure
– stop taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or aspirin (low dose aspirin may be permissible), or arthritis medications such as Celebrex, a week prior to the procedure

– do not take anticoagulation medication for 5 days before the procedure.

In addition, patients are advised to drink plenty of fluids the day before the procedure. Some patients may require anti-anxiety medication immediately before the procedure.

Post-treatment Care

Swelling may be present for 24 to 48 hours. The swelling will subside, sleeping elevated will help.
Avoid touching your face for at least 2 hours to allow injection sites to heal over and avoid infection.

Wash your hands before touching injected areas to avoid introducing external infection.

Avoid applying make up minimum 2 hours post, gently massage area with a neutral cream for 3 days post procedure. Your treated area will feel a bit tender for a few days, keep the area free of oil based products, heavy cosmetics and thick moisturisers for at least 24 hours.

Bruising may be reduced by the use of Bromelin extract along with massaging in Hirudoid cream.

Avoid exposure to prolonged sunlight, Vigorous exercise, saunas, hot baths and excessive amounts of alcohol for 24-48 hours as this will increase the swelling and the possibility of bruising, however, a celebration drink is acceptable!

Avoid use of ice packs on the area as platelets do not like extremes of temperature, so also keep water temperature tepid.