Stacey Power, our Appearance Medicine Nurse, is the national trainer for Platelet Rich Plasma in New Zealand.
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is not a new treatment but it is relatively new to New Zealand. If you have the kind of skin which is developing those very fine crepe like lines and wrinkles this treatment is AMAZING!! It is effectual for people of all ages. If you are having surgery a pre treatment will enhance your healing.
What is it?
The procedure involves drawing some of your blood (like in a blood test) centrifuging it (spinning it very fast for about 8 minutes) so that it separates into the red blood cells and the plasma parts. The rich platelets are then extracted and injected into your skin. This is done under a topical local anaesthesia (a gel or cream is applied to your skin to numb it for the injecting) More popular these days a small local injection and a canula (blunt ended needle) is fed under the skin. Canulas move blood vessels and nerves mostly out of the way so with an experienced injector you should get very little bruising. Usually a little swelling and slight redness that evening and you can go to work the next day with no one the wiser. We prefer to use this technique at Dr Greg Taylor's surgery. On your second treatment it is nice to finish with a dermal needling and stem cell serum to get a double whammy effect. This can be discussed at your consultation. Stacey loves to work with several angles to your skin to get the most effective results.
Areas that can be Treated
The forehead, crinkling skin around the eyes, cheeks & mid face, jaw line, chest and decolletage, the neck (its incredible in making older women's necks look so much younger!!) and the backs of the hands and arms, where we really show aging, can all be rejuvenated with this treatment.
PRP facial rejuvenation can be a one off treatment, but further canula injections under the skin can be re-performed at 4 weekly intervals for lines and wrinkles as you desire.
At Dr Greg Taylor's we recommend 3 treatments 4-6 weeks apart, then booster treatments every year – 18 months.
The entire process and injection time is simple and takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour in total. The process is on the same day and in the same medical clinic.
PRP is enriched with platelets, stem cells and growth factors. Once injected into your skin, these substances will accelerate the normal healing process via new collagen formation at the injected area. This process brings long lasting tissue rejuvenation by your own cells. PRP has been widely used for many years in plastic surgery, orthopedics, dentistry, soft tissue implants, and other types of implants.
How long does it Last?
Depending on the health and age of your skin you usually need about 3 treatments 4 weeks apart. Then touch up treatments to maintain results, then, although results vary, most patients results last up to 18 months. Results are not immediate, initially you will see and feel swelling from the fluid and then once the swelling has subsided you will not see much at all. Over a few weeks the platelets will stimulate the growth factors which will assist in more collagen growth, then over the ensuing months there will be more improvement in texture and tone.
How much does it cost?
Platelet Rich Plasma is now $999 per treatment.