Introduction to PRP Therapy

PRP, or protein rich plasma, is an advanced treatment in aesthetics and regenerative medicine and has become popular over recent years with celebrities and those who value a natural facial rejuvenation treatment. Also known as the 'vampire facial' PRP uses the body’s own blood to derive platelet rich plasma which is then used to simulate skin cell growth and renewal.

PRP works by stimulating the skin's stem cells to regenerate new collagen and elastin and remove damaged skin cells in a natural way. This results in rejuvenation of the skin and helps to slow and reverse the signs of ageing.

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PRP is the perfect treatment for those who seek natural results and who are committed to long term skin health.

There are many PRP systems on the market today, many of which are used for both medical and cosmetic indications. The variety of PRP systems marketed mean there are differences in quality and results. Youth Lab have researched systems for over 12 months, and Dr Kate has used multiple systems in her former clinics.

Our choice of PRP system is Emcyte PurePRP. Emcyte PRP is the leader in medical aesthetics and results in a higher concentration of platelets which release growth factors and stem cells resulting in the formation of new connective tissue.

Protein Rich Plasma Explained

Protein rich plasma contains platelets which contain growth factors. These are responsible for wound healing, tissue regeneration, collagen production, vascular re-growth, connective tissue formation and bone mineralization.

Protein rich plasma is being used for regeneration and rejuvenation in facial aesthetics, cosmetic surgery, reconstructive surgery, orthopaedics and wound care. Research into PRP is ongoing and it is an exciting and emerging field of medicine.

Areas That PRP Therapy Can Treat

Emcyte PRP can be used for multiple rejuvenation treatments, not limited to the following:

  • Reduction in fine lines and wrinkles such as crow’s feet, lip lines and smile lines

  • Natural improvement of under eye volume loss, skin laxity and dark circles

  • Improvement of loss of facial elasticity and sagging skin

  • Improvement in skin tone, complexion and texture

  • Rejuvenation of the neck and décolletage

  • Rejuvenation of aged and sun damaged hands

  • Hair regeneration and regrowth

  • Skin tightening

Frequently Asked Questions

+ WHAT DOES THE TREATMENT INVOLVE?

PRP uses the patient's own blood which is drawn up and placed in a centrifuge to spin down the blood and extract the platelet rich plasma.

The procedure is performed following a thorough consultation with our doctors or nurses to determine your concerns and suitability for the procedure. Following consent for the procedure, blood is taken and the treatment area is cleaned. A topical anaesthetic cream may be applied.

Following this the PRP is injected into the treatment area, such as the face, neck or hands. From here the PRP releases growth factors which then generate cell growth and regeneration, new blood vessel formation and production of new collagen and elastin. This results in connective tissue formation, skin tightening and rejuvenation.

The procedure is quick and comfortable with the entire procedure taking approximately 45-60 minutes.

+ WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE TREATMENT?

There are minimal side effects and down time associated with Emcyte PRP. Our PRP system is generally more comfortable than others on the market.

There will be some redness and swelling to the treatment area much like with other injectable treatments. Bruising is a possibility due to injections however this is expected with an injectable treatment and is generally self-limiting and mild. Many patients can return to normal activities the day following the treatment.

Following the procedure, it is important to protect the skin from the sun and maintain hydration by the application of gentle moisturisers and broad spectrum sun screen. This will protect the skin and prevent any damage to the newly forming collagen and elastin cells.

+ WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?

Due to PRP being autologous, meaning it is from the patient's own body, there is no risk of allergic reactions making PRP low risk of side effects and a well-tolerated procedure. The procedure is performed under aseptic conditions which further reduces risk.

Unfortunately, patients with certain skin diseases such as active SLE, those undergoing active chemotherapy, liver disease and abnormal platelet function and those who are taking anticoagulant medications such as warfarin and heparin should not have this treatment. We will discuss any contraindications during your consultation and discuss other possible treatments if required.

Results are optimized in patients with good general health who are non-smokers.

+ HOW LONG DO RESULTS LAST?

Results become evident within 8-12 weeks with the end result evident at 6 months. Results are a gradual process due to the generation of new collagen, elastin and connective tissue which is an ongoing process.

You will notice a gradual yet noticeable improvement in skin texture and appearance but it is important to note that the results are not immediate.

A series of treatments is recommended with 3 being the ideal number for optimal skin rejuvenation. Our suggested protocol is for the second treatment at 6-8 weeks followed by a third treatment at 6 months.

The effects of PRP can last from 12 months to two years. Often having a treatment every 12 to 18 months can maintain and improve results as time goes on, slowing down the ageing process with continued collagen production and skin renewal.

Combining PRP treatment with skin resurfacing, medical grade skin needling and dermal fillers can dramatically enhance the results.

Final results will be skin that is tighter, brighter, smoother with a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.

+ WHAT ARE THE COSTS?

To view our up to date pricing please visit our Medical Pricing page and look up under the PRP Therapy secton.