PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Treatments of face, neck, upper chest (décolleté), scalp for thinning hair, stretch marks and back of hands.

We at Taryn Laine Clinic offer PRP treatment.

The platelets in our blood are best known for their central role in blood clotting. Less well known to the general public is the role their “growth factors” play in repair of tissues. These “platelet derived growth factors”, numbering more than 30, are hugely useful in Aesthetic regenerative medicine and are used to improve tissue health and appearance.

Platelets are obtained by simply drawing a vial of your own blood, centrifuging it and collecting the plasma portion rich in platelets (whilst discarding the red and white cells).

These platelets must then be injected into the target tissues where they will become naturally “activated”, leading to them releasing their growth factors right where we wish them to work; these in turn will signal and  stimulate new cell proliferation plus  production of the important substances that lie between the cells (collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid) and give our tissues their healthy appearance and texture.

It is possible to purchase isolated growth factor preparations from pharmaceutical companies. Preparations include one or at best a very few different factors. They are usually quite pricey. PRP, by contrast, offers you more than 30 growth factors manufactured in your own body, supplied in tiny sterile packages of platelets that are easy to deliver to your tissues. Simply put, this is “the way to go” in employing tissue growth factors to stimulate tissue health and regeneration of your skin and scalp hair.

How the Procedure is administered: -

Your blood will have been drawn, centrifuged and the PRP prepared by our on-site nurse. Powerful local anaesthetic numbing ointment is applied to the surface of your target areas well before it is injected, making it quite painless. In some instances, local anaesthetic nerve blocks will be performed. Should you so request, a strong painkiller can also be administered, and for those hugely averse to discomfort we are able to administer conscious sedation by our onsite qualified medical sedation doctor; in these cases, though, you will not be permitted to drive yourself home.

There are basically 3 alternate methods of getting the PRP through your skin surface into your target tissue: -

  • By smearing the PRP onto the cleaned surface of the skin and then micro-needling through it. This creates micro channels through the epidermal barrier via which the PRP can enter. The micro needling procedure is carried out by our Beauty therapist under medical supervision.
  • By injecting the PRP from an AquaGold fine touch dispenser that penetrates directly through the skin via fine hollow needles. This dispenser is obtainable at an additional one-off R2500.00. It can be used for you over a few separate procedures. We will never share your dispenser with anyone else and it will be gas sterilised between each of your uses. PRP administration via the AquaGold Dispenser is usually performed by our beauty therapist under medical supervision. You may choose, however, to have it administered by one of our aesthetic doctors for an additional fee.
  • By injecting the PRP from a syringe into the upper dermal skin layer (via a sharp needle) or beneath that into the underlying fatty tissue (via a blunt tipped cannula). This will only be performed by one of our medical doctors, not by our nurse or beauty therapist and this does add to the cost.


What is the expected “down time”?

Your skin surface will temporarily bleed during the procedure. It will appear red for a few days. It may feel sensitive. You will need to keep the skin clean, well moisturised and  out of the sun. Applying a camouflaging base and sunscreen is sensible.In comparison to micro needling alone, PRP use hastens recovery with a shorter duration of skin redness and sensitivity.

When will I see the results and how many treatments should I undergo?

This is a stimulation treatment, like a gardener forking a lawn and adding fertiliser and water. It takes days to weeks for the cellular proliferation and inter-cellular substance production stimulation to kick in. As with a garden, it is good practice to undertake a few consecutive treatments about 4 to 6 weeks apart. A series of 4 such treatments followed by an annual or bi-annual treatment is the optimal protocol for maximum sustained effect.

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