What happens before your procedure?
You should be in good health and refrain from blood thinning medication, such as aspirin, anti-inflammatory medicine and warfarin. The area should be clean and dry. Numbing cream can be obtained from a pharmacy and placed on the area to be treated. This is usually applied half an hour before the procedure and is then covered in glad wrap or cling wrap. The wrap is removed immediately before treatment.
Panadol can be taken 1 hour beforehand but is generally not needed. The treatment usually takes 15-30 minutes. On the day of treatment, your doctor will take a blood sample in a special tube and spin this down to remove the growth factors for use. Multiple small injections are used to place this back into your face, neck, chest or hands, plus any other areas that need treating.
The larger the areas treated, the more tubes are required and the higher the cost of the procedure.
Important: Please be aware that some ‘discount’ clinics may use just one tube to treat multiple areas. This is not recommended.