It all starts with an initial consultation where you will speak with a specialist to see whether PRP Treatment is right for you. They will ask about your medical history and what you are hoping to achieve with the treatment. They will also tell you what PRP injections involve, discuss your expectations, and possibly take photos of you for before/after comparisons.
Should the doctor decide PRP Treatment is right for you then an appointment will be arranged. At this appointment your blood will be drawn, usually from the arm as in a normal blood test. It will then be placed in a test tube and treated in the centrifuge mentioned above for ten minutes. This will separate the components in your blood and increase the number of platelets in the plasma.
Once the plasma is ready, the skin on your treatment area shall be washed of any makeup and cleaned with antiseptic. You will then be given a topical anaesthetic cream that sits on your skin for thirty minutes to an hour, numbing the area to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
After this, the platelet rich plasma will be injected into the treatment area using a very fine needle. Numerous injections may be needed depending on the area being treated, but many patients report feeling little to no pain due to the anaesthesia and the thin needle. If there is any soreness it is likely to be around the lips when injections to the face are administered.
The injection process usually only takes around 15 minutes and you should experience minimal discomfort. During the procedure part of the Platelet Poor Plasma (PPP) is retained for later use, and afterwards the face is cleaned and a layer of this PPP applied to maximise the benefits of the treatment. This layer of PPP should stay on your skin after you leave the clinic, so it is advised you avoid touching, cleaning or moisturising your face until the following morning. Makeup should be left off in this time as well.
It is possible that your doctor will apply ice to your face after the procedure to minimise any swelling, and you should be able to return to your daily schedule almost immediately. The treatment procedure usually lasts anywhere between 60 and 90 minutes. It is strongly advised that patients eat and drink plenty before they have the injections, as this will allow the blood to be taken more easily.