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New at Skinstitute: Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

What is PRP?

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is “harvested” from your own blood. This is done by collecting a small volume of your blood (much like having a blood test) and spinning it down to separate the red blood cells from the platelet cells. This resulting PRP is introduced back under the skin by a series of tiny injections. Treatment with PRP is not new to the world; it has been recognized for its accelerated wound-healing properties in surgery and sports injuries for some time. In your blood you have, red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma

Red blood: cells carry oxygen to our cells

White blood cells: fight disease and infection throughout the body

Platelets: Repair damaged or injured cells via growth factors

Plasma: Carries the vitamins and nutrients etc.

Platelets are the “sticky glue” that stop bleeding when you hurt yourself. Their other job is to promote wound healing and repair by attracting growth cells. In other words: We want to mimic the natural wound-healing process. PRP is a concentration of HEALING Platelets and NUTRIENT RICH Plasma


When the blood is taken it goes into a special tube, to make sure that the blood does not clot.

We want to mimic the bodies wound-healing process as far as possible, but if the blood does not clot, the platelets can not release growth factors and do their job.

Ok, so here it gets a bit complicated, I am going to try my best to describe the process plain and simple;

- Just after the blood is taken and in the special tubes, the platelets are in a “resting stage” until we prepare the plasma.

- In the “resting stage” the platelets are a “discoid” shape and should change to a pseudopod shape to release the growth factors and to become sticky.

- The growth factors have its own tail and are protected inside of the platelet. The growth factors are only activated once the tail is cut off. And this happens when the platelet changes its shape.

 - The difference between ACTIVATED PRP and Non-Activated PRP CelluVance PRP kits assure that the platelets are active when being injected back and their growth factors will be released then in an active form. Without this process, we suspect that its only mechanical injury caused by the needle.

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What to expect from the treatment?

Me, Registered Nurse Christine Keller, will perform a skin analysis, and recommend a sensible treatment plan.

A blood sample of 8 or 16mls is taken from your arm. The blood is immediately placed in the centrifuge for 20 minutes. When centrifugation is complete your plasma will be separated from your red blood cells. The plasma, rich in platelets, is then extracted.

The process takes around an hour. The skin area(s) to be treated are numbed with a topical anaesthetic cream.

You can expect to have some redness, swelling and bruising, subsiding quickly over the following 4-7 days.

How many treatments do I need?

The number of treatments is dependant on to your treatment plan. The initial treatment for PRP is one treatment a month for 3 to 4 months, then repeat treatments either 6-monthly or 12-monthly, depending on your skin and results. As PRP is made up of your own blood products there is no risk of allergy, rejection or serious long-term side effects.

PRP is great to do in conjunction with other treatments such as chemical peels, micro needling, fillers, Botox, Threading and Plexr Plasma Treatments.

How long do results last?

Treatment results vary, but once the tissue has been regenerated and remodelled, that benefit may be permanent. However, as we continue to age, the problem areas eventually reappear. It is thought that this occurs over 9-18 months after a single treatment (although everyone is different). Touch- up treatments will maintain the best results.

Immediately after treatment, you will see and feel swelling from the injected fluid. Once the swelling has subsided you will see a slight improvement in your skin. Over a few weeks, the platelets will stimulate growth factors, and you will start to see improvement in the tone and texture of the skin. The neck is slower to improve than the face.

Results become visible at 3 weeks and increase gradually over ensuing months with improvement in the skin’s texture and tone.

It is ideal for:

• Fine lines and wrinkles

• Textural improvement

• Dull dry skin

• Hair-growth stimulation (in those with thinning hair)

The following areas can be treated: 

• Full-face rejuvenation

• Crêpey neck

• Eye area (both upper and lower eyelids)

• Décolletage

• Backs of hands

• Other body areas

New at Skinstitute: Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)