Sink Your Teeth into PRP
If you are one of the many that recently rewatched the popular Twilight saga (the series responsible for Robert Pattinsons rise to fame – Batman eat your heart out) and couldn’t help but cringe at the dated, night walking, blood obsessed, vampire folklore – you are not alone. Though history has long recorded a continuous, if not morbid, fascination with the blood sucking mythology that is originally Dracula, not a lot of serious thought has been associated with the defining characteristic of any good creature of the night. Yeah, we are talking about blood – or rather what makes blood so valuable to those of us who want to appear, like our undead fictions, forever young.
Any good vampire will tell you the secret to youthful-looking skin is blood. And in fact this is true – however don’t don a cloak and fly off into the night just yet – the real secret is far from the typical Bram Stoker mythology. Aptly named the ‘Vampire Facial’ by Beauty Gurus for what will become obvious reasons, in the aesthetic world it is known as PRP (or Patelet-Rich Plasma) and it’s the ‘gory’ rejuvenation treatment behind many big named celebrities famed for their flawless skin.
You’ve probably seen the photos on Instagram over the past couple of years of celebrities, such as Kim K and Angelina Jolie, sporting an iconic veil of blood over their A+ List faces. For those in the industry this is easily identifiable as PRP and not just a Halloween makeup throwback. So if a celebrity promotes it – that must mean it works right? Well for once we have to agree with that statement, and let us tell you why.
What is PRP?
To put it simply PRP, is an injectable treatment using your own blood to create an ultra-concentrated serum rich in powerful growth factors and proteins that help the body heal and repair itself. The process of obtaining PRP serum involves a blood draw and a centrifuge. To yield PRP, blood is drawn from your arm, then spun down in a centrifuge (a machine that spins at high speeds to help separate blood components). After centrifuging, it separates into three distinct layers: plasma on top, platelets and blood cells in the middle, and red blood cells at the bottom. PRP is derived from the center part, also known as the “serum portion”
In some cases, a second spin is performed to increase the platelet concentration of the plasma. Once this PRP serum is obtained it is spread all over your face through micro injections, to rejuvenate your complexion.
It sounds scary, we know, but trust us its not – unless you get squeamish at the sight of your own blood. Though the entire process is relatively quick, usually only 30minutes, it actually boasts impressive, virtually painless and non invasive results that will have your skin glowing – like Edward Cullen’s.
What are the results you ask?
When applied to the face, PRP has been shown to help with:
- Minimizing fine lines and wrinkles
- Reducing inflammation
- Rebuild damaged tissue
- Improvement of skin elasticity
- Creating a more even skin tone (reduction of sun spots, age spots and possible Melasma)
- Stimulating collagen production, allowing your tissues to heal and strengthen from the inside-out
- Thickening thin or aging skin
PRP is valuable and useful for many reasons. First, it increases the rate at which natural collagen is produced. Higher amounts of collagen lead to healthier, stronger, and more elastic tissue. Secondly, the PRP used during any treatment is derived from the patient, giving them a revved-up dose of their body’s natural healing ability. Because it boosts collagen, it’s also a great treatment for improving overall skin texture and tone. It’s particularly good for people who suffer from rosacea or acne.
Is it safe?
When performed in a clinical setting with appropriate infection control policies and trained Nurses and Doctors; PRP is a relatively low-risk procedure. While there is always some level of risk with any skin procedure, significant side effects associated with PRP facials are very rare. This is because PRP is tailored to you, since it’s made using your own blood — so there is no risk of an allergic reaction or of your body trying to reject the plasma. It’s a safe, effective, and holistic way to brighten, smooth, and nourish your skin. However, if you have a history of blood diseases, including clotting or bleeding disorders, you should avoid PRP treatment. Still not sure if its for you? Don’t worry, prior to booking for a PRP treatment you will be required to have a complimentary consultation with one of our highly trained nurses or Doctor. In this consultation you will be assessed for eligibility for treatment as well as any associated risks and advised on aftercare.
Curious about the aftercare?
There is usually some tenderness and swelling but, for many patients this fades by the end of the day or the day following the treatment. You can go right back to work or your other activities without limitations. Some results may be seen at once, but the actual cell regrowth can take several weeks to several months to occur, which is why the effects of PRP often last longer than many fillers, which break down over time. With PRP, you are getting results by triggering the natural regeneration of your skin from within.
Initially, three or four treatments are recommended for both hair and facial rejuvenation, scheduled four weeks apart. Continued follow-up to maintain the new cell growth can should be performed in 18 to 24 months.
The best part is PRP can be applied in addition to a range of many other treatments to enhance results for both. Some of the treatments include: fractional laser, radio frequency application, Regenera Activa (hair density restoration) and more.
More than a Bloody Myth
So while the Vampire Facial has been a media darling, its popularity is not just hype. Early clinical data and positive patient reports indicate a strong future for PRP therapy. The medical industry now using the PRP method as a top treatment for many medical issues such as Arthritis and even Hair Loss.
Everybody likes a vampire love story, so why not start yours today? To learn more about healing your skin from the inside out with PRP therapy, book an appointment online or over the phone with Absolute Cosmetic Medicine on 08 9389 9099.