PRP: PLATELET RICH PLASMA
WHAT IS PRP?
PRP (also known as Platelet Rich Plasma or ‘Vampire’ or ‘Dracula’ facelift) is a non-surgical treatment that is completely natural and hypoallergenic. A small collection of blood is taken and spun to separate the platelet rich plasma from the red blood cells. The nutrient rich platelet rich plasma is then injected back into skin to stimulate new collagen production, improving volume, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improving skin tone and clarity. It can also be used to treat certain blemishes, such as acne marks, as well as stretch marks and dark circles around the eyes.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
The treatment takes approximately 45 to 60 minutes and can be applied to any skin type or colour. There is little, if any downtime after this procedure, although you may experience some redness, swelling or bruising at the injection site for a few days post treatment. Improvement of skin texture and tone are generally noticeable within three weeks but full collagen regeneration can take up to three months. Although you may see a change after your first treatment, you may also require a series of sessions to obtain optimum results. The results of PRP are not permanent, as a natural degradation will occur over time. Improvements can last up to a year.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
As a concentrated source of platelets, PRP contains and releases different growth factors that are vital for healing and stimulating collagen production. Historically, having been widely used to treat sports injuries, wound healing and joint surgery, PRP uses your own blood and is considered a safe treatment option because there is no risk of allergic reactions and no synthetic substances are used. This treatment can be used alone or used in conjunction with Mesotherapy or Dermapen to bolster results. You should not undergo PRP treatment if you have any skin conditions or diseases, such as facial cancers (past and present), systemic cancer, chemotherapy, steroid therapy, dermatological diseases affecting the face, blood disorders and platelet abnormalities and anticoagulation therapy. Similarly, PRP is not suitable if you are suffering from platelet dysfunction, critical thrombocytopenia, hyperfibrinogenaemia, sepsis, chronic liver disease, hepatitis or any acute infections. PRP is also not advised if you are a smoker.
CONDITIONS PRP CAN TREAT
It can be one of the biggest age giveaways, horizontal or vertical neck lines and loose skin, can give the effect of a ‘turkey neck’ particularly prominent when teeth are clenched.
What to expect: Get the uplift without resorting to invasive surgery by using a high intensity focused ultrasound to tighten loose, wrinkled and sun damaged skin. This energy triggers a natural reaction in the skin to tighten and kick start new collagen leaving a smoother, younger looking neck. There is no downtime to this treatment and for optimal results 1-2 treatments are recommended.
Also good for: Jowling, Eyebrow Lift, Chest tightening and Non-surgical facial rejuvenation.
Alternative treatments: PRP, Botox and Radiofrequency
This often neglected area of the body is one of the first areas that show the signs of ageing. Wrinkles and sagging occur due to the thinness of the skin and by over exposure to sun resulting in sun damage.
What to expect: This natural method uses the patient’s own blood to isolate platelets which have the ability to release growth factors and act as messengers to stimulate the skin’s regeneration process. From a small sample of blood, platelets are isolated and then re-injected into the skin to leave a smoother and healthier complexion. Some bruising and swelling may occur post–treatment for up to one week. This treatment can be used alone or used in conjunction with Mesotherapy and/or Dermapen to bolster results.
Also good for: Eyelids, Face, Neck, Body (stretch marks), Hair growth on the scalp and non-surgical facial rejuvenation.
Alternative treatments: Ultherapy