PRP skin resurfacing is a term that has been floating around in the health and beauty community for a while now. But what exactly does it mean?
PRP refers to “platelet-rich plasma”, which is derived from our blood. Our blood is made up of four components: red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets. In PRP therapy, a small amount of your blood is taken, and the plasma and platelets are separated from the red and white blood cells. This substance, the platelet-rich plasma, is then injected back into your skin to trigger the growth of collagen and new skin cells. PRP treatment is an increasingly popular non-surgical option for patients who desire facial rejuvenation.
What are the benefits of PRP?
It is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure using cells from your own body. This means that it is both natural and non-invasive and there is less chance of any adverse reactions. The healing properties of PRP have been used medically for some time now, for example, to help repair tendon ligaments and joint damage, and this healing power can also be employed to repair damaged skin and even to slow down the process of ageing. PRP is known to boost the production of collagen and therefore it very successfully treats fine lines and wrinkles, circles under the eyes and loss of skin elasticity. It can also be highly beneficial as a treatment for acne scarring and rosacea.
Visible skin improvements start to be noticed within weeks. PRP is not an instant treatment as it takes three to six weeks for it to stimulate new growth of collagen and skin cells, but steady improvement in skin tone and elasticity will continue to be observed for around six months. Results will last for twelve months to two years.
Are there any potential side-effects?
Compared to many other procedures, PRP skin resurfacing has relatively few side effects, and those that it does have are mild. Patients may experience a little bruising and swelling after the procedure which may last for up to a week. A numbing cream is usually applied to the skin before the PRP is injected, so ensure the procedure itself is comfortable and you are using your own blood so there is no risk of the allergic reactions or irritation.
PRP works very well alongside other aesthetic treatments including our Obagi prescription skincare range. Our doctors will always offer a complimentary 6 stage, detailed consultation to ensure that your skin type, signs of ageing and areas of volume loss are identified and a comprehensive treatment approach can be developed to meet your objectives.
If you’d like more information about this treatment or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us on 0333 577 79260333 577 7926.