What is PRP treatment?
PRP involves taking platelet rich plasma from your own blood and re-injecting this in desired areas to stimulate collagen and elastin, while gradually and subtly restoring skin integrity.
Medically, surgeons have been using PRP to stimulate tissue growth for decades. Cosmetically, it can also be used to generate hair regrowth in those with receding hairlines, bald spots or adrenergic alopecia, and to rejuvenate the vaginal area in women, helping with both bladder control and stimulation.
Treatment areas include
- Almost anywhere!
- Upper face
- Lower face
- Under eyes
- Upper lip
- Marionette lines
- Hair rejuvenation
- Vaginal rejuvenation
It is my first time with you, do I need to book a consultation beforehand?
Welcome! It is not necessary to book a separate consultation in addition to treatment time. Each appointment is flexible and includes ample consultation time. Of course, if you are unsure and would like some time to think your options over before proceeding, you are more than welcome to book in for a no-obligation consultation.
How long does the appointment take?
Each PRP appointment takes approximately 30 minutes, including consultation time. The actual injecting component generally only takes a few minutes depending on the area being treated. Please allow approximately 60 minutes due to the unpredictable nature of medical appointments.
What happens during my appointment?
After thorough consultation, your blood is taken via a very small needle. This is then placed in a centrifuge, where your “liquid gold” PRP is separated from your red blood cells. This PRP is collected and reinjected into your areas of concern.
What can I expect after treatment?
Immediately post treatment, slight localised swelling and bruising may be present. Because the collagen stimulating effects of the PRP occur over time, results are best seen at approximately the 4-6 week. A course of 4-6 treatments, spaced 4-6 weeks apart are recommended for best results.
How long does the treatment last?
Beyond a certain age, our body is constantly losing collagen, so once a desired level of skin improvement has been reached, repeat treatments are recommended every 6-12 months.
Will I bruise or swell?
Minor bruising or swelling is common following PRP treatment. Rarely, this can be severe and may take over a week to completely heal. Therefore, it is recommended treatment is conducted at least a few weeks before any important events. If you bruise easily, you may be at higher risk of bruising. The risk of bruising may be lessened by avoiding blood-thinning vitamins, medications and foods for 1-2 weeks prior to treatment. Intense exercise, caffeine and alcohol should be avoided for 24 hours prior to treatment.
Are there any risks?
PRP treatments are very safe, however as with all medical procedures, do entail rare, but possible side-effects. These are discussed in detail during consultation and include the possibility of ongoing swelling, bruising, lumps, infection, and very rarely, temporary nerve damage. All potential risks and side-effects are discussed in detail during each appointment.
Is there anything I should do to prepare for my appointment?
It is preferable you attend your appointment make-up free. If this is not possible, makeup in the targeted areas will be removed by our practitioners prior to treatment. If you wish to minimise your chances of bruising, it is also recommended that, where medically suitable, you avoid blood thinning medications and vitamins for 1-2 weeks prior. You should also avoid alcohol and caffeine in the preceding 24 hours and not partake in any heat inducing activities, such as heavy workouts, the day of treatment.
What are the after-care instructions?
Remain upright for 4-6 hours post treatment.
Avoid any heat-inducing activities for 24 hours post treatment. These include intense exercise, steam rooms, saunas, spas.
Avoid makeup for 24 hours post treatment.
Avoid blood thinning medications, vitamins and food for 24 hours post treatment.
Avoid placing any pressure on treated areas for 1-week post treatment. This includes vigorously rubbing or massaging the area unless instructed otherwise. If desired, ice may be gently applied to the treated area to help with any bruising or swelling.
Avoid tattooing or invasive facials for 2-weeks post treatment.
Is the treatment painful?
A very strong numbing cream is applied topically and the PRP is injected gently, however due to the stingy nature of the product, slight discomfort is expected. The treatment is very quick, and for the most part, very tolerable.
I’m needle-phobic, can I still have treatment?
Of course! Cosmetic Nurse Jana specialises in treating nervous patients and has many techniques to ensure your complete comfort. Please make sure you have a big meal prior to treatment.
I’m flying in to see you, can I have treatment on the same day?
Cosmetic Nurse Jana has many clients fly interstate to see her. Generally, she prefers patients to avoid flying for 24-48hours post treatment and to be available for a 2-week review if needed.
Who can’t have treatment?
Anyone under 18, anyone unwell and anyone undergoing dental work or facial surgery 2 weeks either side of their appointment. It is the patient’s obligation to inform the practitioner of all medical issues and medications. All patients are consulted with a doctor prior to treatment where any individual medical issues or potential contraindications can be discussed.