What is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments draw on your body’s own healing capacities by using your cells, called platelets, to regenerate and rejuvenate your skin and hair follicles. Packed full of growth factors, PRP is fast becoming one of our most popular rejuvenation tools.
PRP injections for skin rejuvenation can help improve the appearance of sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles, reduce the appearance of acne scarring, and plump areas of the face that have lost volume over time with the normal ageing process. In addition, it helps to refresh skin tone and improve skin texture and firmness.
PRP hair treatments for hair loss targets and stimulates under-developed and under-active hair follicles to encourage hair growth, proving itself in some circumstances to be an effective hair-growth treatment.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy in our Melbourne clinic – the injections
We also use a state-of-the-art multi-pronged injector, which means shorter treatment times, less downtime and less bruising. It’s fast and far more comfortable than other injectors. We use anaesthetic where required so you feel comfortable the entire time. Our multi-pronged injector also creates a better patient experience by doing multiple injections in less time.
Each session takes one or two hours, depending on what area is being treated.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy in our Melbourne clinic – post-treatment and results
Some swelling is to be expected for a few days after treatment, plus some redness. The treatment area is likely to feel warmer than other skin areas, with slight bruising possible. The multi-pronged injector helps to reduce bruising.
Results are slow to appear because your skin is actually growing new cells and rejuvenating the old ones. Several treatments will be necessary before the full effect is apparent, so patience is important, as is managing your expectations of instant results. PRP therapy is a longer-term investment in your appearance, but once you see the results – finally – you will understand what the process is, and how it enhances your skin’s performance.
You may also get other treatments at the same time, like dermal fillers or anti-wrinkle injections.
At first, you will start to notice an improvement in skin elasticity and texture as collagen production ramps up and cells begin to develop. Naturally, everyone is a bit different, so we can’t expect the same results for everyone – some of you will have good results, while others will have outstanding results. Because PRP works on your cells, anything that dulls down cell performance like smoking, stress, or being unwell can hinder results.
Treatments last for up to two years, though this depends on your skin type and individual factors. Your dermatologist will be able to explain what you can expect from your PRP treatments.
Best places for PRP injections
PRP injections can be used almost anywhere and in medicine, it often is, but in cosmetics, there are some key areas that are more popular than others.
PRP treatments around the eyes
The skin around the eyes can start to crinkle and wrinkle as we age, with sun damage, and as we move the muscles and skin of our face with our facial expressions. Crepey or fine lines can respond really well to PRP injections, as the fibroblasts are stimulated and collagen is produced in greater quantities.
PRP treatments for acne scars
PRP injections can be used to remodel collagen in scars, particularly acne scarring that tends to be smaller in size, making it easier to manage. Not all acne scarring will respond to PRP injections, so have a consultation – your dermatologist will have more information for you.
PRP treatments for the cheeks
If the cheeks look in need of some volume, are starting to droop, or have skin damage of some kind appearing, PRP injections can give cheeks a real boost. Our cheeks are one of the largest areas on our faces and one of the places we notice radiance first. Having fuller, smoother cheeks can enhance your appearance, sometimes dramatically.
PRP treatments for the midface
The midface is the part between the bottom of your nostrils to the highest peak of your eyebrows. It includes your nose, eyes, and cheekbones; arguably some of our most important facial features. Having PRP injections in the midface area – tailored to your specific requirements – may be part of a greater plan put in place by your dermatologist, and can make an incredible difference to how your facial skin looks.
PRP treatments for the neck
Thinning skin on the neck can start to look wrinkly and saggy. PRP injections can plump up the skin, stimulating the skin cells so they hold their hydration, and are firmer and smoother. A neck that has been treated with PRP injections – usually as part of a full anti-ageing suite of treatments – will look more youthful for longer.
PRP treatments for the jawline and jowls
Your jowls are the pieces of skin from your cheeks that can start to droop over the lower jawline on either side of your face. As we age, the skin in the cheeks starts to succumb to gravity and a loss of collagen, with the collective impact of all that talking, laughing, and eating. PRP injections in the jowls and jawline can really boost your facial profile.
PRP treatments for hands
Hands will start to age as time goes by, showing wrinkles and thinning skin that damages easily. Having regular PRP injections in the tops of the hands can help keep these spots and sags at bay by boosting the skin cells. The hands will look more youthful, less blemished, and the skin will be stronger, firmer and more resilient.
PRP treatments for knees
Because the knee is a moveable joint, the skin on and around it must be stretchier and looser than other areas of the body. What this means, however, is that once collagen and elastin-production starts to wane, the knee skin can start to hang, rather than sit. PRP injections can give knees a more youthful look, no matter your age, as part of your anti-ageing strategy.
PRP treatments for elbows
Elbows are much like the knees when it comes to the requirements of movement, with looser, sagging skin becoming more apparent as time goes by. This can be even more pronounced if a lot of weight has been gained or lost over the years. PRP injections in the elbows (and arms, as part of an ongoing anti-ageing program) may improve the contours of the arm while also improving skin tone, clarity, and structure of the skin.
PRP treatments for the upper arms
The upper arms can become spotty and saggy over time, which overall leads to a less defined shape. While PRP injections are not a skin-tightening procedure per se, they can smooth the skin and stimulate collagen and elastin, which does have a skin-tightening effect overall.
PRP treatments for post-baby tummy
The skin on the abdomen stretches an amazing amount during pregnancy, with some women coming out of a full-term pregnancy with crepey, wrinkly skin on the stomach that may feel like it will never disappear. PRP injections can make a lot of difference here, as the PRP can rejuvenate the belly skin somewhat, tightening and providing much-needed collagen and volume.
PRP hair treatments for hair loss in men and women
PRP is a revolutionary new treatment for hair loss in men and women, stimulating new hair growth by activating stem cells. PRP hair treatments won’t work for everyone, but in certain cases, it can work extremely well to stimulate new hair growth. Ask your dermatologist if PRP hair treatments will work for you.
Safety of PRP injection therapy
PRP injection therapy in Melbourne is considered very safe, since it is your own blood being injected back into your body, not a foreign substance that you can react to. There is no allergic reaction risk to PRP injection therapy, which means very safe, effective treatments. Some people can’t have PRP injection therapy, so if you aren’t sure, talk to your dermatologist.
Contact us to arrange a consultation to discuss how PRP treatment could change you for the better.
*Results may vary from person to person
The PRP-extractor we use is superior
There are currently many different devices available to filter out the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) once the patient’s blood has been taken. They are not all alike in the quality of the PRP that they produce.
At ENRICH, we have the Angel plasma extraction system, a state-of-the-art device that concentrates the platelets significantly more than competitor machines, delivering better quality PRP. That is, your stem cells and growth factors are more densely concentrated in our PRP treatments, giving you better results for the same cost, effort and treatment time.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy in our Melbourne clinic – the extraction
About 20mls of blood is taken from your arm, which feels like any normal procedure you’d have at the doctor’s where blood is taken. We then put this blood into our state-of-the-art Angel PRP system centrifuge, so the white and red blood cells, and plasma and platelets can be separated out. This takes about 10 minutes. Once separated out, the plasma and platelets are now – voilà! – platelet-rich plasma. We have PRP. It’s that simple.
Why does PRP therapy work?
PRP therapy works by injecting stem cells and growth factors directly into an area, to stimulate growth and rejuvenation of cells in that area. This means that any cell offered a boost will perform better – that means cells are working at their optimal. This could be used in a wound, for example, or as we use it most often, in hair-loss treatments (to stimulate the hair follicle) and for skin rejuvenation (to stimulate skin cells).
PRP injections on the face can stimulate the fibroblasts that contribute to firmer, more youthful-looking skin, as well as contribute to the new development of cells. Skin can become vastly clearer, and more supple, with improved volume. In hair follicles, injection of growth factors (via platelets) stimulates hair growth.