Skinfresh were the first clinic in New Zealand to use Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections cosmetically to increase collagen production, reduce pores and tighten the skin

When Dr Pitsilis researched it further, she found that it has been used for many years to help in orthopedics, plastic surgery and dentistry

In addition to cosmetic treatments we also use PRP injections in the clinic for large joint arthritis and joint and tissue and wound repair



Problems we treat with Platelet Rich Plasma

  • Tennis elbow, Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Non healing wounds
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Achilles tendonitis or partial tears
  • Some soft tissue injuries

Cosmetic uses for skin quality and improvement

  •  stretch marks, scars, acne, skin tightening, collagen production
  • any part of the body including face, neck, chest, limbs 
  • Hair Restoration - along with internal health support 





For a musculoskeletal or joint problem, this may either be a detailed medical consultation - see consulting with Dr Pitsilis Or a brief consultation with Dr Pitsilis depending on your problems - phone us on 0800SKINHEALTH OR 09 486 0030


OR If you are uncertain, you can use this link to ask which type of appointment you need.


What is it, and what is significant about PRP?

PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. This is the plasma section of the blood that is composed mainly of your own platelets.


Two teaspoons of your blood is centrifuged or spun so that the individual components are separated, leaving the remaining fluid or plasma rich in platelets


With any injury, the platelets automatically migrate to the site, initiating a healing response by releasing numerous growth factors and other proteins which promote healing.


The PRP injection delivers a significant number of platelets into the skin or injured tissues. It enhances the body's natural healing capacity, leading to a more efficient and thorough restoration of the tissue to a healthy state


The skin cosmetic effects include increase of collagen, tightening of the skin and reduction of pores, texture problems and discolouration


Test tubes with Plasma DP

What does the treatment entail?

Osteoarthritis of the knee
  • PRP is collected into a sterile syringe
  • The skin is prepared using an antiseptic agent
  • The PRP filled syringe (PRP injections) is then guided into the joint. Referral is given for other joints.
  • Several joints or injured tissues can be injected in one visit
  • we suggest 3 treatments 1-4 weeks apart then every few months to a year if needed 

What about Cosmetic treatments? 

  • PRP can be administered by needle or during dermal needling. 
  • Cosmetic - 3 treatments then one yearly for maintenance


Cellular Matrix tubes are now available that also contain Hyaluronic acid. This combination can be used for joints and also cosmetically for areas of the face that need volumising.


Centrifuging blood DP

Who should not have PRP treatment?

  • Any allergy to the treatment or any of its components eg antiseptic
  • Any problems with bleeding, ability to clot your own blood, or any platelet problems
  • If on blood thinning medicines or herbs of any sort Anticoagulants drugs, Warfarin, Aspirin, Pradaxa® (Dabigatran) omega 3, ginko biloba, Vitamin E, Ginger (please circle) or anything else that may cause bleeding
  • Chronic Liver Problems
  • Taking Steroids
  • Infection at treatment site
  • Pregnant of Breastfeeding
  • Keloids or hypertrophic scarring - in some patients
  • HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, or any immunosuppression drugs