PRP ANGEL - PROTEIN RICH PLASMA
What is PRP Angel?
PRP, or protein rich plasma, is a revolutionary treatment in aesthetics and antiageing and has become popular over recent years with celebrities and those who value a natural facial rejuvenation treatment. Also known as the 'vampire facial' PRP uses the bodies own blood to derive platelet rich plasma which is then used to simulate skin cell growth and renewal.
PRP works by stimulating the skin's stem cells to regenerate new collagen and elastin and remove damaged skin cells in a natural way. This results in rejuvenation of the skin and helps to slow and reverse the signs of ageing.
Dr Kate uses a specialised system to derive PRP from a client known as the PRP Angel. The PRP Angel is the industry leader and results in a concentration of platelets which release growth factors and stem cells resulting in the formation of new connective tissue.
As PRP uses the patients own blood the end result is natural and without risk of significant side effects.
What is Protein rich plasma?
Protein rich plasma contains platelets which contain growth factors. These are responsible for wound healing, tissue regeneration, collagen production, vascular re-growth, connective tissue formation and bone mineralisation. Protein rich plasma is being used for regeneration and rejuvenation in facial aesthetics, cosmetic surgery, reconstructive surgery, orthopaedics and wound care,
What areas can be treated?
Angel PRP can be used for rejuvenation in multiple areas, not limited to the following:
- fine lines and wrinkles
- crows feet, forehead lines
- areas with a loss of facial elasticity and tone
- lip lines and sagging around the mouth
- dull complexion and skin texture
- neck and décolletage
- ageing and sun damaged hands
- scalp (hair regrowth)
- skin tightening following weight loss
What does the procedure involve?
PRP uses the patients own blood which is drawn up and placed in a centrifuge to spin down the blood and extract the platelet rich plasma.
The procedure is performed following a thorough consultation with Dr Kate to determine the client's concerns and suitability for the procedure. Following consent for the procedure, the treatment area is cleaned and a topical anaesthetic cream is applied. This can take 20 minutes or so to take full effect. Following this the PRP is injected with small needles into the treatment area, such as the face. From here the PRP releases growth factors which then generate cell growth and regeneration, new blood vessel formation and production of new collagen and elastin.
This results in connective tissue formation, skin tightening and rejuvenation.
The procedure is quick and comfortable with the entire procedure taking approximately 45-60 minutes.
What happens after the treatment?
There are minimal side effects and down time associated with the Angel PRP. Generally there will be some redness and swelling to the treatment area which settles after 24 hours. Bruising is a possibility due to injections however this is expected with an injectables treatment and is generally self limiting and mild. Many patients can return to normal activities the day following the treatment
Due to PRP being autologous, meaning it is from the patient's own body, there is no risk of allergic reactions making PRP a safe and well tolerated procedure. The procedure is performed under sterile conditions which further reduces risk.
Following the procedure it is important to protect the skin from the sun and maintain hydration by the application of gentle moisturisers and broad spectrum sun screen. This will protect the skin and prevent any damage to the newly forming collagen and elastin cells.
Can anyone have this treatment?
Unfortunately patients with certain skin diseases such as SLE, those undergoing active chemotherapy, liver disease and abnormal platelet function and those who are taking anticoagulant medications such as warfarin and heparin should not have this treatment. Dr Kate will discuss any contraindications during your consultation and discuss other possible treatments if required.
When will I see results?
Results become evident within 8-12 weeks with the end result evident at 6 months. Results are a gradual process due to the generation of new collagen, elastin and connective tissue which is an ongoing process. You will notice a gradual yet noticeable improvement in skin texture and appearance but it is important to note that the results are not immediate.
Combining PRP treatment with laser skin resurfacing, medical grade skin needling and dermal fillers can dramatically enhance the results.
Final results will be skin that is tighter, brighter, smoother with a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.
The effects of PRP can last from 12 months to two years. Often having a treatment every 12 months can maintain and improve results as time goes on, slowing down the ageing process with continues collagen production and skin renewal
Please note that Dr Kate is currently only performing PRP at SKYN in Nedlands. Please call 9389 9022 to book your free initial consultation or treatment.