Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a treatment that you may know about because of its recent popularity with celebrities. PRP facial rejuvenation uses your own stem cells to heal and regenerate the skin, resulting in a healthy, youthful appearance. This leading-edge procedure harnesses the power of growth factors and platelets from your own blood to stimulate a stem cell response, which in turn encourages new collagen production, skin renewal, and reversal of the signs of ageing.
The Signs of Ageing
As we age, we experience a loss of skin integrity and volume that results in certain cosmetic complaints, such as:
- Crow’s feet
- Frown and lip lines
- Deep lines around the nose and mouth
- Loss of volume in the cheeks
- Sagging around the jaw line
- Dehydrated skin
- Loss of youthful, healthy skin tone and texture
The ageing face typically becomes more rectangular and longer as the natural curves flatten. Genetics, facial expressions, and lifestyle choices such as sun exposure, diet, and smoking can all play a role in the natural ageing process.
PRP is an extract of your own blood containing several times more growth factors, proteins, and platelets than the blood itself. PRP is not new; it has been used for years in medical applications such as accelerating wound healing, repairing joint, tendon, and ligament damage, and help regrow bone and muscle. When platelet plasma is injected into the skin via micro-needling, it brings about a localised stem cell response. For months following treatment, this response continues to stimulate fibroblasts to produce collagen and replace tissue lost or damaged through the ageing process with new, healthy skin that looks rejuvenated and refreshed.
Is It Right for You?
Each individual’s cosmetic wants and needs are unique and must be addressed on a personalised level. Women and men looking to rejuvenate their appearances usually want to accomplish this without aggressive chemicals, toxins, or surgery. This result can be achieved with the right combination of proper lifestyle choices, skin care products, and carefully selected cosmetic procedures.
Platelet plasma is a better choice for some age-related concerns than for others; sometimes, dermal fillers or microdermabrasion may be the more suitable procedure. However, the absolute best solution is often a combination of treatments, used together in the right way under the supervision of a skilled skin care team. When you come in for your initial consultation, we’ll discuss your options and help you decide on a treatment plan that’s personalised just for you.
Cosmetic PRP is a safe and simple procedure appropriate for women and men of all ages. Possible side effects include mild bruising or swelling that typically goes away within a week. Because the platelet plasma is extracted from your own blood, there is no risk of allergic reaction or disease transmission. However, certain health conditions may limit its use, such as autoimmune and blood disorders; this is true of any cosmetic procedure. Please call our Darwin office today to book a complimentary consultation – should you decide to go ahead with treatment, you’ll have the option of completing it on the same day as your initial consult.