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Which PRP treatment is right for you?
Skin Institute
August 30, 2016

At Skin Institute we offer three types of PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma transfer, enabling us to match the level of treatment to your needs. We’re often asked for the most up-to-date and relevant information on PRP, so we’ve asked our medical team to answer the questions they hear most often in our New Zealand-wide clinics.

Q: What is PRP?
It’s a skin-rejuvenation treatment that’s relatively new to New Zealand and it is currently getting attention both in Skin Institute’s clinics and in our local beauty media. It’s been used by Skin Institute’s own surgeons for years to accelerate healing and injury recovery after reconstructive plastic surgery, before emerging as a treatment to help improve the appearance of the skin. It’s a natural treatment that enhances your own healing powers – one reason why it’s fast becoming one of the most asked about treatments here at Skin Institute

Q: What does it involve?
First, you’ll have a complimentary consultation with one of our friendly Appearance Medicine nurses to discuss your skin needs and which PRP treatment would suit you best. The next step is your treatment appointment, where our registered nurses apply numbing cream to the area to be treated, and take a small vial of blood from your arm, in the same way we would for a normal blood test. Then we spin the vial in a centrifuge to separate your plasma from your red blood cells. This spinning process concentrates your platelets, which are the cell fragments that produce the growth factors that trigger healing. This rich nourishing fluid is then gently injected into the areas of concern on the face and neck. For more advanced results, PRP is combined with dermal needling, which helps reduce pore size and scarring, making your skin look and feel smoother. Alternatively, for extra hydration and nourishment, our third option is Matrix PRP. This mixes PRP with a light hyaluranon gel before injection for extra improvement in skin tone and luminosity.

Q: How does PRP work?
Platelet Rich Plasma contains concentrated levels of your own platelets, which initiate the body’s repair system by releasing growth factors to trigger collagen production and new blood vessel formation. When PRP is introduced back into the skin, the growth factors stimulate collagen-producing cells called fibroblasts. Over the weeks and months following treatment, your collagen levels rise and new blood vessels are created, usually leading to your skin looking refreshed and rejuvenated. It is this ability to enhance the healing process that has made PRP an emerging treatment in fields of medicine where tissue regeneration is required.

Q: Why am I hearing more about these treatments at the moment?
Treatments that stimulate the skin to activate its own repair systems are becoming increasingly popular worldwide – for many people knowing that their own natural ‘resources’ are being used is a big plus.  Our website contains further pages that help to explain the popularity of PRP, including this treatment page.

Q: Who does it suit?
Women and men who are looking for a natural treatment for dull and aging skin, without a dramatic change in look. PRP harnesses your skin’s own healing powers to deliver more radiant-looking skin without altering your facial shape or expressions. It’s a refreshment rather than a total transformation. It’s one of the best options for improving neck skin, which is good news for this difficult area. If you have concerns about acne scarring or pore size, we might suggest adding dermal needling to smooth the texture. And if your skin is dehydrated and crepey, in need of maximum nourishment, Matrix PRP with added hyaluranon might be your best option. There are some medical conditions, such as blood disorders, that may make you unsuitable for treatment. We always recommend that you discuss your skin concerns with a Skin Institute registered nurse or doctor so that the right treatment can be advised.

Q: How long does the treatment take?
Generally you will be in the clinic for about two hours, including the application of numbing cream. If PRP with dermal needling is your best option, it can take slightly longer.

Q: Is it safe?
PRP is such a simple and safe procedure, it has quickly become very popular. Because the PRP is extracted from your own blood, there is minimal risk of a reaction. This is one of PRP’s biggest benefits. Afterwards, please ensure you protect your skin from the sun, as some skin types may form pigment after treatment if UV exposure is not avoided.  We’ll tell you how to care for you skin after treatment to help get the best result.

Q: Is there any downtime?
Some people are good to go back to work the same day. Others will experience a little more redness, which can easily be covered by our breatheable camouflage makeup. As with any procedure involving needles, mild swelling and bruising are possible, especially if you are having dermal needling. After dermal needling you may notice some flaking as new tissue regenerates around day three to five. Bruising may last three to ten days. We encourage everyone to avoid the sun and protect the skin by using high SPF sun block during the healing process.

Q: When will I see results?
Within four to six weeks of treatment patients often report an overall improvement in skin hydration, texture and tone. New collagen and blood vessels begin to grow after three to six weeks, and skin repair happens over the next three months. As cell growth is required to manufacture new tissue, it does take time to work, but the effects of PRP can sometimes be observed sooner depending on the particular treatment plan and on the individual. Because it is a natural process, results can vary, and occasionally changes at a cellular level do not translate to a visible change.

Q: How many treatments are necessary?
At Skin Institute, we recommend patients have three treatments six weeks apart for optimal results, with maintenance treatments every 12 months.

Q: Is there anything else we should know?
To sum up, patients tell us they particularly like it because it uses your body’s own natural resources to acheive results. It’s perfect if you’re looking for refreshment and radiance rather than a dramatic change in shape or contour


For more information on PRP you may like to read these articles:
The Beauty of Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment
The Lowdown on PRP

About the Skin Institute:
Skin Institute has more than 20 years’ experience in caring for your skin health and we pride ourselves on keeping at the forefront of new appearance medicine techniques. It’s our job to help you to feel confident and look the best you can.

If you’d like to know if PRP is right for you, book a free one-on-one consultation with a Skin Institute Appearance Medicine nurse to have your skin assessed and to discuss your concerns and desires.