PRP & HA FAQs
What is PRP & HA?Expand
PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma and refers to the bespoke preparation created by our clinicians from a sample of your own blood. This is combined with Hyaluronic Acid (HA) before being injected back into your face via a series of micro-injections.
This “vampire-facial” treatment is used to rejuvenate the skin and increase elasticity.
What should I expect during my PRP treatment?Expand
Your clinician will take a regular blood sample before spinning the blood to separate out the plasma and platelets. These are then combined with Hyaluronic Acid to create your bespoke preparation.
Once this is ready, you’ll be settled into one of our hydraulic treatment chairs throughout, whilst soft music and lighting will help to relax you. The clinician will inject the preparation back into your skin, just below the surface, using a fine needle.
This will be done by a qualified aesthetic doctor with years of experience. Treatments for PRP and HA are longer than other cosmetic injectables simply due to the preparation time, but once the injection part is underway, the process is rapid. Your whole consultation will take around an hour for one area and 1.5 hrs for two yet the injections themselves only take about 15 – 30 minutes in each area.
Is PRP suitable for everyone?Expand
We don’t recommend this treatment if you are currently suffering or have suffered in the past from:
- Cancer without complete remission
- Active skin lesions
- Presence of an acute and/or systemic infection
- Blood or auto-immune disease
During your consultation, our PRP practitioner will go through your medical history with you and assess your suitability for treatment.
We advise that you drink plenty of water before the procedure as it makes the process of taking the blood sample much quicker and easier.
It’s important to remember that NO makeup or SPF products can be applied to the area of treated skin for 24hrs after the treatment.
How soon will I notice the results?Expand
Results start to be visible within a few weeks but it’s important to remember that the process relies on the regeneration potential of your own platelets so there is a natural variation of results from individual to individual.
Is PRP and HA permanent or how long will it last?Expand
PRP and HA injections aren’t permanent but the effects last well. You can expect to benefit from the changes for between 6 and 12 months.
What side effects are possible with PRP treatment?Expand
As PRP only consists of your own blood components, few side effects are expected. The injections may cause a slight inflammation which could feel temporarily painful, warm or tight. Occasionally PRP treatment can cause a little bruising but this is short-lived.
How many PRP treatments will I need?Expand
We recommend a course of three treatments, spaced out about a month apart.
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