PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) when combined with microneedling is used to stimulate production of structural proteins that gives skin its elasticity and smooth texture. Just like with hair, as we age the physiological systems the body uses to regenerate our skin, with time become less effective, visually this converts to skin laxity, wrinkles and colour changes. Although these effects are a standard part of aging, the advancements in medicine mean we have ways to optimise how our bodies generate and maintain our skin.
At Elucell, we are proud to offer combined PRP and microneedling skin rejuvenation treatment, a long lasting and non surgical alternative to managing acne scarring, pigmentation abnormalities, signs of aging (expression lines, sagging skin). By taking a small sample of your blood (less than 30mls), we are able to isolate 5mls of PRP, a concentrate of the necessary proteins and nutrients to stimulate and support new collagen production, skin cell turnover. After numbing your skin with an anaesthetic cream, we are able to deliver the PRP directly to the areas you want targeted as a painless injection and also as a topical serum applied in combination with the microneedling component of treatment.
Number of Treatments
4 sessions, 4 weeks apart
24 hours for the initial mild flushing and swelling to subside. Avoid excessive sunlight for at least 3 days. No physical activity for at least 12 hours post treatment to avoid excess redness and swelling. First 7 days after treatment balm only. After 7 days you can resume your normal daily facial routine. No restrictions on driving.
2-4 weeks: You will notice a subjective improvement in your complexion 2-4 months: Objective improvements to complexion (reduction in expression lines, acne scarring etc 6-12 months: Maximal results achieved Maintenance therapy: 4 session revision every 12 months
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) facial/skin needling or Plasma Skin Resurfacing is a quick effective treatment that is performed at all of our clinics.
Step 1. Your comfort is our number one priority so we begin each treatment session with a facial cleanse application of topical anaesthetic to numb the treatment area. It only takes a few minutes for the anesthetic to sink in and begin to work.
Step 2. While we are waiting for the anaesthetic, we take a small portion of your blood (15mls) to create your PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) for the treatment and spin it in a centrifuge machine to separate the plasma.
Step 3. Your platelets are then concentrated to about three times your normal blood value which will stimulate hair growth in the treatment area.
Step 4. A specialised microneedling pen is used to create tiny microscopic channels in the outer layer of your skin, these channels, depending on the facial area are 1mm – 3mm in depth. We then gently apply the prepared PRP serum to the micro needled area. For deeper wrinkles or acne scarring, would also include the use of PRP injections.
The PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) facial/skin needling or Plasma Skin Resurfacing treatment takes around 45 minutes and we recommend up to 4 sessions 4 weeks apart to achieve optimal results (especially for more severe forms of acne scarring).
Following the Plasma Skin Resurfacing treatment, the treated area will experience a level of inflammation (redness, tightness, tenderness) that will resolve within 12-48 hours. You should begin to see an improvement in your skin complexion within 2 weeks, however optimal results will become more noticeable over the following months.
To maximise the results from PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) facial/skin needling or Plasma Skin Resurfacing treatment, we recommend you follow our detailed aftercare plan. Most importantly, in the days following your treatment, avoiding intense skincare products (retinols, exfoliants) and direct exposure to sunlight is crucial as these will impair the skin’s ability to heal and recover. Our friendly and experienced team at Elucell are able to discuss with you what balms and moisturisers are appropriate to use following your treatment to aid with your comfort and recovery.
Some patients may experience mild swelling, bruising and or redness for 24-48 hours, most clients describe it as being similar to having mild sunburn. (this recovery is according to the post PRP care form i received with CPD- most people will be fine with 24 hours given the PRP actually helps expedite the recovery from the microneedling process however to prevent people coming in for treatments ‘2days before their wedding’ we should put recovery as being 48 hours).
Your skin may feel dry and tight during this period, it’s important to ensure skin is adequately hydrated (drink lots of water and keep skin moisturised with the suggested aftercare balm)
Avoid excessive sun exposure, rigorous exercise, sauna, hot baths or excess alcohol for 24-48 hours as this will increase the swelling and possibility of bruising. Some clients may experience a headache or feel faint.
A bruise at the venipuncture (very small vein puncture) site may be visible for 2-3 days.