Aging of the skin, dermal components and cells, means that the skin texture and appearance deteriorate. Aging affects the hands, soft tissue of the face and body. This is characterized by sagging, thinning of the skin, puffiness, age spots (lentigines) and wrinkling (forehead, cheeks, neck and décolleté). Tissue on the arms becomes thin and empty. General texture of the skin changes and dryness is a problem. Sun exposure worsens the process by solar-aging and UV irradiation.

This means that vertical and horizontal facial wrinkles and body texture deteriorate with time.

A new approach appealing to clients seeking an increased and natural method to rejuvenation. This is regeneration with your own cells and more specifically, autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP). This is an aesthetic practice, which is a safe and tolerable procedure. Used in combination therapy it can potentiate the results of your other anti-ageing modalities.

It is well known that platelets have many functions. Platelets contain important growth factors that, when secreted, are responsible for:

  • Tissue regeneration and rejuvenation.
  • Increasing collagen production.
  • Recruiting other cells to the site of injury.
  • Initiating vascular re growth.
  • Inducing cell differentiation.
  • Assisting bone mineralization.
  • Extra cellular matrix formation.
  • Wound healing.

It is non – allergenic. It is a ‘body own’ physiological product versus animal derived or human donor products. Therefore there is an elimination of donor transmissible infections.

What does the procedure involve?

Preparation is simple and quick, and completed on the physicians premises in the appointment time. No products are sent off premises.

The area to be treated is cleansed and a topical local anaesthetic may be applied. The process is relatively painless.

Prior to treatment a blood sample of 10 – 40 mls is extracted from the patient. This blood is immediately placed in the centrifuge for 8 minutes. On completion your plasma will be separated layers.

The platelets are injected into the deep dermis or fat layer of the skin. The plasma can also be incorporated as part of the Skin Needling procedure. Platelets gradually increase collagen which can increase skin thickness and overall health of the skin.

Three to six treatments one month apart is advisable followed by a maintenance of at least once a year, preferably every six months.

How long is the procedure from start to finish?

Approximately 45mins to 1 hour per two to four test tubes of plasma.

Which facial and body areas can be treated?
  • Full face and neck.
  • Around the eyes.
  • Cheeks and mid face.
  • Cheeks.
  • Thinning and creepy skin on the neck.
  • Back of hands and arms.
  • Décolletage.
Are there any side effects?
  • Minimal: Expect minimal swelling, bruising and redness for 12-24 hours. Some clients experience headache.
  • Modest: Some patients may feel faint. A bruise at the venepuncture site may be visible for 2-3 days.
  • Severe: In rare cases, skin cellulitis may occur which can be treated with antibiotics and cold compresses.
Can anyone have this treatment?

Not everyone is suitable. Persons with skin disease (SLE, porphyria, allergies), cancer, chemotherapy, severe metabolic and systemic disorders, liver disease, haemodynamic instability and abnormal platelet function (i.e. blood disorders). Anti-coagulation therapy and underlying sepsis excludes the use of PRP. Smokers, drug users and excessive alcohol are also not as suitable. Severe scarring may not respond.

What results should I expect from the treatment?

Results are visible at 3 weeks and improve gradually over ensuing months with improvement in texture and tone.

Cosmeceutical and other combination therapies can enhance the results and will be discussed with Dr Joseph Beaini at time of consultation.

Advanced wrinkling cannot be reversed and a minimal improvement is predictable in persons who regularly drink alcohol and smoke.