27 Feb 2017

The Kardashian name seems to bring ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ to even the tried and true and with PRP this is not different. Thank goodness for these beautiful women and their endeavor to maintain, because let’s be honest. We are all listening, aren’t we? If you are an avid beauty aficionado like me then you are always looking for the latest and greatest in anti-aging and trying to validate whether or not its hype or the real deal. Well PRP is not only the real deal, it might very well be the fountain of youth.
PRP is not new at all- in fact Platelet Rich Plasma injections have been around for decades, helping athletes to heal sports related injuries (they’re particularly helpful at healing tendon damage) but increasingly the benefits of PRP are being used in beauty and even hair restoration. (Who knew? But that is a topic for a different blog)

The Platelet Rich Plasma that is injected is a concentrated formula of your own platelets which makes it rich in growth factors. Such growth factors are needed to repair the body and come in handy too when trying to fight the signs of ageing.

When you come for a PRP treatment we will take some blood from you – imagine going for a beauty blood test – then that blood is processed using a mechanical device known as a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the rest of the blood making the concentration of platelets three to four times the normal level.

The processing part of the treatment doesn’t take long – on average 15 minutes, as the different elements are divided – red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets etc., then the clear platelet rich plasma is ready to inject back in the places that need the most attention. i.e. face, under eyes and neck. The Platelets can be re-injected manually, spread post a micro-needling treatment or injected with a Intro-dermal injection device. How your specific treatment should be done can be discussed during your consultation.

How does it work?

If we already have blood in our bodies, you might ask what is the benefit of re-injecting it? It could all be rather pointless – if it wasn’t for the fact that processing the blood increases the levels of platelets far beyond their normal concentration to boost the skin’s ability to rejuvenate.

When platelets are activated in the body, they release healing proteins called growth factors. These growth factors have a range of responsibilities, a predominant feature of which is their ability to accelerate tissue repair and improve wound healing.

When PRP is injected into the skin, the injection entry point causes a small wound which activates the platelets and lets them get to work repairing the tissue in that area. Thus, rebuilding new connective tissue or strength and stretch in the skin. This will help foundationally to repair fine-lines and wrinkles while also rebuilding the tissue we are losing.
Effectively PRP is encouraging your body to use its own processes but more effectively in the places that are starting to need a bit of extra help. Your skin will positively glow post procedurally but the process can take 3-4 months to show the long-term benefits. 3-4 treatments at 1 month intervals are recommended and then a maintenance plan can be discussed. Sounds a bit scary I know but to do it is to see that this treatment is anything but, with all the foundational aspects of your perfect anti-aging procedure. No downtime, comfortable and rewarding. This treatment is for virtually anyone. If you have any more questions that I haven’t addressed, hit me up! I would love to help.

That’s all for now beauties, xoxo
Shawn

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