Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) - Adelaide
One of the latest advancements in skin rejuvenation techniques is the PRP Micro-Droplet Treatment, sometimes known as the Vampire Facial. The process medically referred to as platelet-rich plasma injections, earned the nickname vampire facial because it involves withdrawing some of the patient’s own blood and using certain beneficial elements of it to counteract the signs of ageing and restore a youthful appearance to the skin.
PRP uses a completely natural serum using platelet-rich plasma contained in your blood.
It is a simple, non-surgical treatment that delivers effective results with minimal recovery, making PRP a relatively safe cosmetic procedure.
Patients can have the treatment anywhere on their body, even in delicate or complex areas, and treat multiple sites in one sitting.
PRP can relieve trauma and sports-related injuries, restoring functionality and mobility to injured joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissue. The treatment facilitates tissue repair and reduces inflammation.
It can improve the appearance of scarring and stretch marks in treatment areas.
PRP tightens and improves overall skin quality, reducing the signs of ageing and smoothing the skin to create a radiant, youthful complexion.
How it works
How does PRP / Vampire Facial Work?
PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma is a treatment that employs the use of platelets in your blood to stimulate collagen production. The treatment basically involved creating micro-injuries into the skin by using a micro-needling device. These micro-injuries are healed by your bodies own natural healing mechanisms. The PRP serum helps to facilitate and enhance this healing mechanism and the formation of collagen. The PRP serum can either be applied topically or it can be injected using small injections to the area being treated.
Platelets are very small blood cells that play a very crucial role in the clotting process. When you cut yourself, your blood will begin to clot. The platelets release enzymes that attract stem cells to the area to help heal the damaged skin. these platelets release enzymes. These enzymes then attract stem cells to help heal the damaged area.
The body utilises platelets, growth factors and white blood cells to initiate and accelerate the growth of new tissue and repair injuries related to ageing, sun damage and other conditions. By adding to the platelet count, collagen and elastin production within the skin are stimulated, diminishing fine lines and tightening the contours of the face.
How Does PRP Revitalise and Refresh The Skin?
Dr Rahma Targett injects the platelet-rich plasma into ageing or damaged skin for an effective yet minimally invasive treatment option. By enhancing the body’s natural healing abilities, patients are able to enjoy a smoother, more youthful look and skin that is revitalised and refreshed.
While platelet-rich plasma is a new form of therapy in dermatology, it has been employed for years in orthopaedics and sports medicine practices. PRP injections are used to treat a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, ligament sprains or tears, hair loss and more.
What Does PRP Treatment Involve?
During the PRP micro-droplet treatment, a small amount of blood is drawn from the patient’s arm and placed in a processing unit to separate the platelets, white blood cells and serum from the red blood cells. The platelets, growth factors and white blood cells are then placed in a centrifuge and concentrated.
The platelet-rich plasma that is produced is loaded into several syringes. Dr Targett uses the tiny needles to make microscopic punctures in the skin to deliver the PRP directly into the targeted areas to maximise its absorption.
The treatment typically takes between 15 and 45 minutes to complete and is performed under local anaesthetic, which numbs the injection sites to minimise pain for patients. Most patients tolerate the injections well and experience little to no discomfort. The number of sessions recommended will vary depending on the condition of your skin, but optimal results are usually achieved in one to three treatments.
Are There Any Risks For PRP Treatment?
Since the PRP is produced from the patient’s own blood, there is little risk of developing complications when this procedure is performed by an experienced doctor. There is always some risk of infection with any type of injection, but most patients undergo this procedure with no problems.
Dr Targett can help you to determine whether a PRP micro-droplet treatment is right for you. If you are interested in learning more about the treatment and platelet-rich plasma, please call us today to schedule an appointment.
Dr Rahma Targett
Dr Rahma Targett is a General Practitioner(FRACGP), with a specialty in Cosmetic Medicine. She founded Advanced Cosmetic Medicine in 2016 and has since become well known as a trusted and in demand Cosmetic Physician in Adelaide. She has a Diploma in Dermoscopy and a Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine with the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. Dr Targett is a leader in her field and regularly attends Cosmetic conferences to keep up to date with modern aesthetic techniques. At advanced Cosmetic Medicine you can always be reassured that you will be welcomed and treated personally by Dr Rahma Targett.
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When will I see the results?
Results will gradually be seen 2-3 after your treatment, and the effects will continue to improve over several months. The new collagen should develop around 12 weeks after your first treatment as collagen production is stimulated.
How long will the effects last?
With multiple treatments over time, the results of PRP can last up to two years, but because the serum is derived from your blood, your health and lifestyle can affect the treatment’s longevity and effects.
Is the treatment painful?
PRP treatments are performed under local anaesthetic, numbing the injection sites to reduce any discomfort patients may feel. Some treatment areas are more sensitive than others, but patients usually find the treatment quite comfortable due to the anaesthetic.
How many treatments do I need?
The number of PRP treatments required will depend on your skin condition, concerns, and desired outcomes. Optimal results are usually achieved in one to three treatments at 4-6 week intervals, but this varies depending on the treatment area and severity of concerns. Annual maintenance treatments may be recommended to prolong results, as patients report PRP effects lasting up to two years.
Is there any downtime?
PRP treatments have very minimal aftercare required. Patients may continue their daily activities immediately after and do not need to take time off from work. However, we recommend that patients avoid vigorous exercise or activity for 24-48 hours, as this will help minimise any swelling, bruising or redness present, which is a normal post-treatment experience.
Are there any contraindications for PRP treatments?
Conducting a consultation with Dr Targett is vital before undergoing any cosmetic treatment, as she will evaluate your health and lifestyle to determine your suitability for treatment. However, PRP is not suitable for the following individuals:
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women
- Women wanting to conceive
- Individuals with autoimmune diseases
- Individuals with any cancer
- Patients on anti-coagulation medication
- Individuals with cosmetic implants in the treatment area
- Individuals with broken skin or acne in the treatment area