What is PRP?
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy draws 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 a popular rejuvenation and healing tools.
PRP injections can reduce the appearance of acne scarring and plump areas of the face that have lost volume over time with the normal ageing process. In a cosmetic sense, PRP injections can help to refresh skin tone, help improve fine wrinkles and lines 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.
A ENRICH Clinic we primarily use PRP Treatments for hair loss and acne scarring.
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. PRP and Skin rejuvenation
Recently PRP has been cited for use in cosmetic treatments and can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as plump areas of the face that have lost volume over time with the normal ageing process.
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 even better results. Because PRP works on your cells, anything that dulls down cell performance like smoking, stress, or being unwell can hinder results.
Again it’s important to understand that PRP therapy is a long term process. Your platelets are aiding in the growth of new cells so it is not instantaneous.
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.
You may elect to combine PRP with other cosmetic treatments, like dermal fillers, anti-wrinkle injections, lasers or heat therapy’s that can also help with your skin journey. It is important to research your options and understand what is best for your skin type with any treatment.
At ENRICH a skin consultations cost just $50 and is redeemable on any treatment.
Best places for PRP injections
PRP injections can be used almost anywhere and in medicine, they often are is, but in cosmetics, there are some key areas that are more popular than others. Facial areas are most popular in the cosmetic field.
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 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 can benefit from PRP helping them to look more youthful, less blemished, and strengthen the skin making it, firmer and more resilient.
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.
At ENRICH we have had successful treatments using PRP to stimulate growth and help with hair loss, but it may not be for everybody. 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. As however, as with all treatments some people may not be suitable for 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 help with your condition, healing or skin journey.
*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.
If we think of the normal concentration of platelets in our blood is 1. Then, most tube plus centrifuge devices will only produce increased level of platelets of 1.5 to 2 times normal. In Dr Rich’s opinion, this ratio is not much more effective than re-injecting your own blood, so not a great benefit
At ENRICH, we have the Angel plasma extraction and the Magellan extraction system, state-of-the-art devices that concentrate the platelets significantly more than the syringe centrifuge systems, which are commonly marketed and used. The ratios our devices achieve are between 4 to 6 times the normal levels, delivering better quality PRP. That is, your platelets and growth factors are more densely concentrated in our PRP treatments, giving better results for the same effort and treatment time. There is a cost that comes with achieving these higher level of platelets but it is worthwhile, as we believe the results are significantly better. At ENRICH we do not mix our patients extracted cells with any other material, cells or tissues.
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 your now platelet rich plasma 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 acne scaring and skin rejuvenation (to stimulate skin cells).
PRP therapy injections on the face can stimulate the fibroblasts that can contribute to firmer, more youthful-looking skin, as well as contribute to the new development of cells. In hair follicles, injection of growth factors (via platelets) stimulates hair growth.