As a cosmetic physician I am constantly searching for the perfect cosmetic procedure. A treatment that can improve skin texture and tone, reduce fine lines and pore size and improve colour, glow and elasticity. It would be great if this treatment could also be used for difficulty to treat areas such as around the eyes and neck. It would need to be a way of visibly slowing down or stopping skin ageing. And, of course, it would need to be extremely safe to use on all skin types.

PRP ( Platelet Rich Plasma ) therapy would have to be as close to the perfect treatment as you can get. PRP therapy uses the body’s own healing processes to stimulate and remodel collagen and elastin, improve cell turnover and blood supply to the skin.

PRP technology was first developed around 20 years ago, initially to control blood loss and facilitate wound healing after surgery. This form of therapy is now being used in many fields of medicine such as skin rejuvenation, hair loss treatments, orthopoedics, gynaecology and wound care.

I first started treating clients at Shine Clinic using PRP therapy around 2009. Over the years, with more research coming to light, techniques and practices have been refined. PRP can be used as a stand alone treatment for the most natural and risk free skin rejuvenation. It can also be used in conjunction with many other treatments we offer here at Shine. It is excellent to add to any filler or muscle relaxing injections, because everyone wants a glowing smoother skin.

PRP therapy initially is a course of 3-4 treatments, performed 4-6 weeks apart. The benefits of the treatment can be maintained by doing a single session every 6-12 months. A good idea is to consider having a single PRP treatment two months before each birthday to visibly slow down the ageing process.

We can use PRP to improve skin texture on any part of the body. Commonly, we treat the face, neck, décolletage and backs of hands. It could also be used to improve crepey skin on the abdomen after pregnancy or even on the upper inner arms.

About two years ago, I also started using PRP therapy to treat men and women who were experiencing hair thinning. In this condition, the PRP stimulates the miniaturised hair follicles to enlarge and become healthier. This is a treatment to use at the very earliest sign of hair thinning, primarily to prevent further loss. It is not as successful when there has been significant hair loss as the follicles are no longer present.

A PRP treatment session involves collection of 10-20mls of blood. The blood is prepared using a centrifuge to separate the plasma and red blood cells. The portion of the plasma containing a higher concentration of platelets is then ready to inject into the target tissue. These platelets are rich in growth factors and this is where the magic happens. A topical numbing cream is applied to the skin or scalp and when ready, the PRP is injected either directly or using a Dermastamp to give the added benefit of skin needling.

Collagen stimulation and remodelling are a slow process. This is not a treatment for people who want to see immediate results. Benefits are seen after weeks and continue to improve for months after the final treatment.

If you would like to find out more about PRP therapy and if this is the right treatment for you, please book an appointment to see me at Shine.

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