Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
It is well known that the body has a great capacity to heal itself, for example if someone sustains a cut or fall or tears a ligament or tendon. One of the key mechanisms in the body’s healing process is the action of platelets in the blood which release natural growth factors that can stimulate and regenerate damaged tissue.
PRP is an established technique in the treatment of wounds, burns, tendon and muscle injuries and over the last 10 years has been increasingly used in cosmetic procedures. PRP injections into the skin can be used to stimulate the body to produce new collagen, hyaluronic acid and fibroblasts which are all important building blocks for the skin.
PRP skin treatments are particularly good for improving fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, chest, neck and backs of hands. As well as being an effective stand alone rejuvenation technique, PRP can be used to complement many other cosmetic procedures such as laser, wrinkle injections and dermal fillers. An increasing number of surgeons are also using PRP after surgery to improve healing and reduce scar formation.
PRP is a very straightforward procedure and involves taking a small amount of blood from a patient’s arm (very like a blood test sample is taken). This blood is then immediately spun in a centrifuge machine which separates the blood and concentrates the blood’s plasma portion. This platelet-rich plasma portion is then injected into the dermis layer of the skin.
As a patient’s own blood is being used it is considered a low risk procedure with no risk of allergy or disease transmission from the blood. The injections that are used are very fine and well tolerated but numbing cream can be used for very sensitive skin. Slight bruising and swelling and redness can occur after injection but typically settle in 24 hours.
For the best results with PRP skin rejuvenation a series of 3 treatments spaced a minimum of 4 weeks apart are required. Results usually start to be seen in 2-3 weeks after PRP but optimal results can take 2-3 months. The long term results with PRP depends on factors such as age, general health and skin condition and a follow up maintenance treatment in 12 months can help maintain results.
Meet our Beauty/Dermal Therapist – Charlotte Woolfe
Charlotte is a trained beauty therapist and is currently undertaking her degree in Dermal Therapy at Victoria University. She offers brow and lash tinting, and brow shaping treatments with a keen eye for symmetry and beauty. Charlotte can treat difficult hair problems that are unsuitable for laser hair removal with electrolysis, including fair hair and facial areas. As a trained laser therapist Charlotte also performs laser hair removal for all hair areas. Charlotte has a special interest in assessing skin conditions and preparing an individualised plan for clients to achieve their skin needs and resolve skin problems including acne, scarring, stretchmarks and signs of ageing. Treatments you can book with Charlotte include facials, microdermabrasion, skin needling, BBL (Broad Band Light) and photorejuvenation.
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