Platelet rich plasma therapy harnesses the body’s ability to heal itself. Plasma is the liquid portion of whole blood and provides a medium for red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets to circulate through the body. Platelets contain proteins and growth factors that stimulate healing and regeneration. If injected into the skin, they naturally stimulate rejuvenation, improving skin texture and skin tone.
Traditionally micro needling is used to treat everything from age spots and wrinkles to scarring and certain forms of hyper-pigmentation. PRP helps to boost these effects so that can achieve your desired results faster. The term vampire facial / lift is sometimes used to refer to micro-needling with PRP/
An additional boost can be achieved if the PRP is injected into the dermis directly. This is then followed by micro-needling with the PRP.
What to expect from your treatment:
Your face will be cleansed and topical anaesthetic will be applied.
A small amount of blood will be drawn from your arm while your face is numbing.
The blood is then put into a centrifuge, which separates the PRP from the red blood cells.
Micro needling creates multi small channels into the skin and the PRP is then needled and massaged into the skin.
This treatment takes about 40min, depending on the areas treated.
A soothing lotion and sunscreen is applied afterwards.
This may not be the treatment for you if you:
Using Roaccutane for acne treatment
Have a history of poor wound healing
Untreated Eczema or Rosacea
Redness and some swelling are to be expected and occasionally bruising – these are the most common side effects.
Most of the redness and swelling will disappear within 24-48 hours but this varies from person to person and sometimes it can take from 4-6 days to subside.
You definitely need to AVOID sun exposure and harsh skin treatments during this time.
You need to be meticulous about applying a sunscreen should have to be outdoors but try avoid the sun as much as possible in the weeks after the treatment.
It is important that you do not rub or pick at your face as this could cause post-inflammatory pigmentation (PIH).
If you have a history of cold sores, it is possible that you may have an outbreak from having this treatment done.
What to expect during recovery :
Recovery from this treatment is relatively minimal. You can go back to work the next day if you wish.
There may still be some redness and other signs of minor irritation, but you need to avoid applying too many products to your skin – your therapist will advise you.
Simply cleanse once a day and moisturize as needed. If desired, follow with a lightweight foundation or powder to minimize redness.
This treatment will add a whole new dimension to your skin making use of your own body’s own natural growth factors.
You can so this treatment in conjunction with your other treatments or as a stand-alone treatment. Chat to your therapist!
For more information or a free skin assessment with one of our experienced therapists, please phone: 021 852 8709.
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