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Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) patient information and FAQ

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) patient information and FAQ
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NOTE: This information is for patients and is intended as an informational resource. 

What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?
PRP is a skin rejuvenation technique that uses your own blood platelets to stimulate new cell growth. It is used for facial rejuvenation and for hair loss or thinning.

How is PRP collected and made?
Your blood is taken – about 20mls – and spun in a special blood centrifuge, the state-of-the-art Angel Plasma, for up to 10 minutes, which separates out the red blood cells, the white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. The plasma and platelets are then separated out and that is PRP – platelet-rich plasma. The Angel Plasma device produces high-quality PRP with a higher concentration of platelets, which means better, longer-lasting results than many other devices offer.

How is PRP injected?
At ENRICH, we have a special state-of-the-art multi-pronged injector that leaves your skin with less bruising and downtime. It is faster and less painful than other types of injectors.

How does PRP work?
In medicine, PRP injected into the skin can help restore a more youthful, clear, supple complexion, and restore volume in facial skin, and increase hair follicle activity, by injecting growth factors. It does this via the platelets, which stimulate new collagen and skin cells.

Where is PRP used?
The most common areas PRP is used are the face, neck, décolletage or scalp, but there are more areas that can be treated successfully.

  • Eye area, to treat crepey skin or fine lines
  • Acne scars
  • Cheeks
  • Mid-face
  • Neck – thinning skin
  • Jawline
  • Hands
  • Knees
  • Elbows
  • Upper arms
  • Abdomen – post-baby tummy

Is PRP safe?
PRP is considered very safe, since it is your own blood, and therefore carries no allergic reaction risk. The skill of your cosmetic surgeon comes into play to ensure the best possible results.

Do PRP injections hurt?
We use local and topical anaesthetic agents and our special multi-pronged injector, making any discomfort fairly mild.

How long does the treatment session take?
Usually a session will take between one to two hours, but this will depend on what area is being treated.

What happens after treatment?
Some swelling is expected for several days, with redness and heat. Some slight bruising may occur, though our multi-pronged injector helps to limit it.

When can I see results?
Results are slow to appear, since your skin is growing new cells, so several treatments are necessary before the full results appear.

The first things typically noticed are an improvement in skin elasticity and texture. Collagen production can take a few months to develop. Individual results may vary, since each person’s skin and biology is different. Lifestyle factors also need to be taken into consideration, like smoking, stress, or being unwell.

How long does a treatment last for?
A three-treatment series can last for up to two years, however your individual results may vary depending on your face and skin type, so speak to your doctor about expectations.

Who can’t have PRP therapy?

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women
  • Women trying to conceive
  • Anyone on anti-coagulation medication
  • Those with autoimmune conditions
  • Anyone with a history of cancer
  • Those with implants in the treatment area
  • Those undergoing chemotherapy
  • Anyone suffering skin diseases – SLE, porphyria, allergies
  • Anyone with severe metabolic or systemic disorders, and
  • People with abnormal platelet function and blood disorders

Can I use other treatments like anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers with PRP?
Yes, although PRP can be used on its own too. Each person will have their own individual needs, which will be discussed with you in your consultation.

If you have any questions or concerns about your PRP treatment, please contact us.

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