PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

Platelet Rich Plasma

PRP facials are replenishing, nutrient-rich treatments, designed to make use of the body’s own natural resources and incredible capacity for healing. Using absolutely no artificial materials whatsoever, PRP facials are fantastic for both subdermal tissue repair, and surface concerns such as crow’s feet, dark circles, sun damage, acne scarring and obtrusive pores

 

PRP facials are skincare treatments that have rapidly swept the beauty circuit, becoming many people’s go-to procedure for a quick and lasting beauty pick-me-up.

PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma: a natural resource which can be extracted from the blood and used for topical cell regeneration. PRP facials make use of these naturally occurring healing properties to bring back youth and radiance to the face.

PRP Facials have an incredible ability to brighten the face, making it look more plump, hydrated and healthy as well as free from fine lines and wrinkles. People flock for PRP treatments because they combine the best of both worlds, being something of a comprehensive facial and an instant facelift in one. But don’t just take our word for it, take a look at what it has done for some of our patients in the past.

Question . . .

Platelets in the blood contain hundreds of proteins called ‘growth factors’ which are crucial for healing damaged or diminishing soft tissue. It is the platelets that are at work during the clotting process as our skin attempts to restore itself. PRP is plasma that is 5-10 times more concentrated in platelets, so by isolating this miracle element from the blood, we are able to target and dose particular areas in need of rejuvenation.

Blood is first drawn from the arm, and then placed into a centrifuge which rapidly spins the blood sample, prompting it to separate into 3 components (The plasma, the PRP and the cellular layer which contains both red and white blood cells.) The concentrated PRP layer is then harvested and reinjected into the face in the same way you might administer botox or dermal filler.

PRP facials are fantastic for both subdermal tissue repair, and surface concerns such as crow’s feet, open pores, dark circles, sun damage, dryness, acne scarring and obtrusive pores.

As PRP Facials stimulate the existing tissue beneath the surface, you will notice an immediate and lasting burst of radiance which will also continue to encourage your skin to regenerate collagen. This influx of collagen visibly improves the skin’s firmness, elasticity and brightness in as little as 24 hours.

Leads to an efficient skin rejuvenation and slows down the ageing process by stimulating:

  • Fibroblast proliferation
  • Stem Cells proliferation and differentiation
  • Neocollagenesis and extracellular matrix formation
  • Angiogenesis

Different from traditional fillers which aim to plump, PRP facials target cell regeneration and endeavour to visibly improve skin texture and luminosity by stimulating stem cells, collagen production and the formation of new blood vessels. This means that not only do wrinkles visibly soften but the skin becomes smoother, tighter and more youthful in texture and tone.

Administering the PRP itself is both straightforward and speedy, often not taking much more than an hour. However, if you have chosen to numb the areas that are being treated beforehand, we would recommend that you set aside an additional half an hour or so for the local anaesthetic application to kick in. The process of spinning your blood sample to obtain the PRP layer that has risen to the top will take roughly an hour, during which time anaesthetic can be applied and begin taking effect.

All in all, we would advocate setting aside 2 hours for the entirety of your PRP facial.

PRP is administered using microfine needles, therefore irritation to the face is minimal. You may find your face to be a little puffy and itchy for a few days after treatment, but this will all settle within 24-48 hours. There is also some potential for mild bruising to appear around the injection sites and the eyes, but this will depend entirely on your skin’s sensitivity, and many patients recover without even the slightest trace of bruising. This often depends on your choice of injection sites, as areas around the eyes are particularly rich with blood vessels and near impossible to avoid during this type of treatment.

The risk of encountering allergic reaction during a PRP facial is also nil as PRP is taken from your own blood supply. This means that the body finds it very easy to both accommodate and reabsorb.

PRP Facials are loved worldwide for being the only non-surgical treatment to achieve the look of a facelift, with none of the downtime – recovery being almost instant. PRP absorption is complete after 24 hours, and it is just that – along with its incredible results – which make PRP treatments so inherently popular.

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