Also known as platelet rich plasma, PRP therapy is the process of harvesting plasma from the patient’s own blood to increase skin cell regeneration. This is an ideal treatment for anyone who wants to treat sun damage, scarring, fine lines and wrinkles or mild facial sagging.
Everyone’s blood is made up of four main elements: red and white blood cells, plasma and platelets. The plasma and the platelets are what stimulate cell growth and collagen production.
During a PRP treatment, a few samples of blood are withdrawn and placed in a device called a centrifuge. A centrifuge is designed to separate the PRP from the rest of the patient’s blood, after which, the plasma is strategically injected into the problem area.
PRP therapy is not a treatment that produces immediate results – patients will need to wait at least a month before seeing the effects. It should also be noted that while PRP can be used as a standalone treatment, a series of 3 – 5 treatments spaced 4 – 6 week apart produces optimal results.
Since your blood is all that’s needed for this treatment, there is no risk of allergic reactions and because the sessions are minimally invasive, you are free to return to work after each treatment.
PRP treatments should only be administered by a qualified doctor.
Microneedling treatments incorporate an advanced device that penetrates the dermis and activates the skin’s wound healing response. Once this natural process has been activated, cell growth speeds up and collagen production increases, which slowly rejuvenates the skin.
To ensure that your skin is receiving essential nutrients and active ingredients, the microneedling device can also be filled with a specialised serum or platelets, which is why it’s recommended that PRP and microneedling be combined.
Since the wounds are microscopic, patients won’t experience any scarring after their procedure.
While microneedling is an effective standalone treatment, results are far more dramatic when treatments are combined with PRP therapy.