A client wanted to know how to remove super fine lines from her hands, face and chest areas. When I had a look it wasn’t that she had wrinkles – those can be treated with resurfacing and/or fillers – but it was actually an issue of texture. Because she was in her mid-40s, her skin had lost its volume, creating a kind of crepey texture to her skin.
I recommended she undergo a short course of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy. She looked at me in horror – isn’t that when you cover yourself with your own blood? Well, not really.
I explained that we actually use the parts of your blood that aren’t actually blood cells. Your blood is made up of four parts – Red and white blood cells, plasma and platelets. We take your own whole blood then spin it in a centrifuge to separate the blood cells (red and white) from the plasma and platelets. It’s these non-blood parts that we then inject into the areas that you want treated to increase the volume and stimulate collagen production.
As we age, our collagen production slows so that the surface of the skin goes from soft and elastic to deflated and crepey. PRP Therapy helps our own body to heal itself, producing not just collagen, but new skin cells. Because you’re using your own plasma and platelets there is no risk of your body rejecting the treatment.
What we mean by ‘therapy’
PRP Therapy is just that, it’s a therapy – a course of treatments to improve the elasticity of the skin. Because collagen repair doesn’t happen overnight, it takes a series of treatments, over about six to eight weeks, and it can take up to three months for your body to really create enough collagen to see results. But the good news? The results can last up to two years!
PRP therapy can treat hair loss
Because hair growth is stimulated by collagen, we can also use PRP therapy to treat male pattern baldness, if we start the treatment early in the stages of hair loss!
Why I think PRP Therapy is so amazing
PRP Therapy is also used by sports doctors to help relieve injuries such as sprains, chronic inflammation and tendon tears! This treatment stimulates the healing of injuries so well that it can eliminate the need for surgery.
I think PRP Therapy is an amazing treatment to help your own body to heal itself, and who wouldn’t want that!