Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a natural substance that is used to stimulate the body’s healing process upon injection. PRP injection is a treatment that speeds up the healing process with the injection of a patient’s blood. Platelets are a plasma that makes up blood and, when separated from the bloodstream via centrifusion, can begin the healing process. Platelets contain proteins that aid in tissue regeneration and healing. PRP is a cosmetic injectable used to heal injuries and repair the body. This natural therapy increases the volume of the treatment area and targets signs of ageing such as wrinkles, fine lines, pigmentation, dark under eye circles and loose skin. PRP is commonly used as a hair loss treatment as it stimulates the growth of new hair.

Benefits of PRP

Platelet Rich Plasma has many benefits associated with this natural therapy. The plasma stimulates the body’s production of collagen and elastin to create a youthful-looking appearance for the patient. PRP injections are used to support healing in the body and have commonly been used to treat hair loss and male pattern baldness. This treatment can stimulate hair transplant growth and ensure the procedure has the best possible results. PRP treatments are safe as they use a patient’s own plasma and therefore remove the risk of immune reactions. This procedure stimulates skin rejuvenation and is used to reduce signs of premature ageing. The results of PRP are long lasting, and therefore patients can enjoy their results for longer. PRP can be used to treat sensitive areas such as the under eyes that cannot be reached by other facial treatments.

PRP is used to treat:

  • Wounds
  • Scars
  • Sun damage
  • Skin tone and texture

Your consultation at The Good Skin Clinic

Patients should organise a consultation with our clinic before their treatment to ensure the treatment is ideal for their case. Here at The Good Skin Clinic we will evaluate your suitability to PRP based on several determining factors and after a skin check up. The factors our team will weigh up include your medical and cosmetic history, your skin type, your ideal treatment outcome and your intake of supplements and medication. In your consultation you should discuss your concerns and queries about PRP injections and what they can do for you. Nurse Practitioner Sheriden Dobson will use her three years of cosmetic experience to ensure you receive the best care possible and a treatment plan suited to your case. She will help you leave happy with your results and will tailor your treatment plan to suit your skin care concerns. Book your next consultation with The Good Skin Clinic by contacting our team today.

What to expect

One week prior to your treatment you will be instructed to stop taking anti-inflammatory medication as it can affect the procedure. You should inform our team if you have a low platelet count, if you take blood thinning medications or if you currently have an infection. You should not apply creams, spray tan, perfumes or makeup to the skin before your treatment and you should arrive with clean skin. You will be advised to drink lots of water in the lead up to the procedure. PRP treatments take approximately one hour to complete and can be done in-office. The treatment area will be cleaned with antiseptic. Local anaesthetic is then injected to the treatment area or is inserted in a mixture with the PRP.

The procedure begins with NP Sheriden Dobson taking approximately 10 ml of blood from your arm. This blood is taken in the same method of a blood test. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge machine which will then spin and separate the platelet rich plasma from the other elements of blood. The separation process takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. The PRP is then injected into the treatment area to begin stimulating the body’s healing process. Occasionally an ultrasound is used to guide the insertion of the PRP. Some patients require more than one PRP treatment to see results. PRP injections reduce the need for patients to use anti-inflammatories for healing.

Cost of PRP treatments in Moonee Ponds

Here at The Good Skin Clinic we evaluate the different elements of your personalised treatment to create an individual quote for your treatment. Our team will create a personalised quote based on your needs for the treatment and the parameters of the treatment. The treatment area, the amount of areas being treated and the reason for treatment all determine the price of the PRP injections. Prices for PRP injections start at $350 for one tube, $600 for two tubes and $750 for three tubes. This procedure is also commonly combined with microneedling for further skin rejuvenation. Book a consultation prior to your treatment to ensure you have made the right decision and to gain an understanding of the procedure. The consultation is where you will learn about your treatment cost so it is important to book one. NP Sheriden Dobson will learn about your ideal outcome for the procedure to ensure you are happy with your results and the direction of the treatment. PRP injections are no longer covered by medicare or health insurance rebates and will instead need to be paid for by the patient. PRP injections are classed as elective procedures. To book your PRP appointment, contact our team today!

Results & aftercare for PRP

After your procedure you will be informed to maintain your results with a series of aftercare.
You should organise for someone to drive you home after your PRP injection. After your treatment you can apply ice packs and cold compresses to the skin to prevent pain and swelling. Take any medication you are prescribed after your procedure. Gently wash your skin the day after the treatment and pat the skin dry softly. Avoid rubbing the areas to not irritate it. We recommend sleeping with a slight elevation to ensure you avoid excess swelling. Do not apply makeup for a week after the procedure and only use gentle face washes to clean your treatment area. It is important to try and avoid touching the treatment area and to clean your hands when touching it. Peeling can occur and, if so, avoid exfoliating the face.

Patients have found their has improved in tone and texture after the procedure. Results can take between one and two weeks to show as the procedure aims to make gradual improvements to the skin. Patients have found improvements in their wrinkles, fine lines, large pores, hair loss and injuries.

Risks & complications

Whilst the PRP injections are low-risk, the PRP procedure can be associated with some risks and complications. The PRP procedure begins with the withdrawal of blood and therefore patients must remain hydrated and should eat prior to the treatment. Patients who do not do either of these can experience light headedness. After the procedure patients may feel discomfort or pain and may notice bruising of the treatment area. Some patients also experience peeling of the skin however this will settle and patients are advised to not pick at it. PRP is made up of plasma and therefore, patients will not have an allergic reaction to the treatment.

Risks that patients may face include:

  • Bleeding
  • Dryness
  • Burning and itching
  • Tissue damage
  • Faintness and dizziness
  • Infection
  • Injuries to nerves
  • Pain at the injection site
  • Nausea, scarring and redness
  • Pigmentation of the skin
  • Minimal or no results
  • Blood clot

Frequently Asked Questions

How often can a patient have a Hydrafacial treatment?

For the best results, we recommend patients have a hydrafacial treatment every 4 weeks to maintain and improve their results. Our team will determine the exact amount of treatments needed for your individual needs by comparing your health and lifestyle.

Am I an ideal candidate for the Hydrafacial?

The hydrafacial is suited to all skin types, across all ages. The treatment can also target sensitive skin to restore the health of the skin. Those with dry, oily or acne-prone skin are recommended hydrafacial to hydrate and cleanse the skin of blemishes and congestion. Those looking to unclog their pores and cleanse their skin will see excellent results from the hydrafacial.

What is the difference between the Hydrafacial and Microdermabrasion?

A hydrafacial delivers the same level of results without irritating the skin. Microdermabrasion uses a device to remove the dead skin cells without hydrating the skin like the hydrafacial. Microdermabrasion uses crystal technology to exfoliate the skin creating a slight irritation to the skin. A hydrafacial removes the dead skin softly by vacuuming the pore debris and then hydrates the skin. A hydrafacial is gentler than microdermabrasion as it also hydrates the skin with a serum at the same time as removing dead skin.