What is PRP

I have been offering this treatment in Cheltenham since 2017 and its a natural way to refresh and rejuvenate your skin with your own plasma.

PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy has been used widely in medicine mainly in orthopaedic and sports injury treating muscle and tendon injuries to help with healing and repair.

In recent years it has been used in the aesthetics industry to help with hair loss, scarring pores and skin quality.

Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian posted on social media a couple of years back claiming she had the treatment which boosted treatments worldwide.

Blood contains lots of nutritious and nourishing elements which may be used to rejuvenate the skin.

Blood contains proteins named growth factors which trigger wound healing and tissue growth. These growth factors may help condition the skin.

  • Softens fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduce acne scars
  • Increase hydration in the skin
  • Stimulates hair growth

 

A blood sample is taken from the arm and then its spun in a centrifuge. This separates the blood into its component parts. The plasma separates form the red blood leaving an amount of the blood rich with platelets. The idea is that injecting PRP into skin tissues will stimulate your body to grow new, healthy cells and promote healing. The tissue growth factors are more concentrated in the prepared growth injections.

This is can then be injected directly into your skin, combined with filler, and injected, or applied to the surface of your skin following a microneedling or laser treatment.

So the good platelets increase the volume of healthy skin cells and help to plump up the skin and stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump too. The procedure typically treats the face, nose, décolletage & hands

Benefits

The PRP facial effectively treats fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, scars, large skin pores and crepey skin

 

Your skin is likely to appear red and feel more sensitive post-treatment. Your skin may feel tight and uncomfortable. Any swelling, itchiness and redness should subside within a few days.

Additionally, because the injections contain your own blood products, there is less risk of an allergic reaction. There is a risk of infection, however its best to use a medically qualified, appropriately trained practitioner.

PRP therapy is unsuitable for anyone who has:

  • Liver pathology
  • A blood-borne disease such as Hepatitis C or HIV
  • Prescribed blood thinning medication
  • Open cuts, abrasions and wounds
  • Active cold sores or skin infections
  • Keloid or hypertrophic scars
  • Poor wound healing

My Patients story  (anon)

Helen carefully applied anaesthetic cream to my face and left it on for about 20 mins

About 10mls of blood was drawn from a vein in my arm. Helen then put the test tube in a machine that spun in order to separate the blood form the plasma. She then carefully injected the good plasma into my cheek just like she would do with filler. The rest of the platelets were carefully syringed over my face acting as a glide to the dermal needling device. So I had the ‘good parts” of my blood injected back in for self rejuvenation with my own  blood components.

It was refreshing to know that I was using my own platelets to rejuvenate my skin so there was nothing artificial. I felt a slight amount of pressure but nothing stingy or painful. The device glided over my face slowly making a slight buzzing noise. It wasn’t painful at all.

The treatment took about 30mins and afterwards a lovely smoothing serum was applied.

 

What did I feel afterwards!

  • Pink face until the following day
  • Felt a bit like sunburn
  • 2-3 days later my face felt tight and started to flake a bit as my skin was self exfoliating.
  • It was important to keep away form steam rooms, Jacuzzis and swimming to ensure I didn’t get an infection and to stop the gym for 48hours too
  • Avoid any facial treatments for 2 weeks

After about two weeks my face started to glow and my skin tone was more even. I also noticed my large pores had shrunk and I had fewer blackheads. Downtime was about one day and I healed really quickly. After about 4 weeks I noticed my wrinkles were softer and less noticeable.

 

It was important that I didn’t go for my weekly swim or sauna incase of infection.

I’m looking forward to the next treatment in one month’s time.

 

Please get in touch if you require any information, available in our Cheltenham Clinic with Helen Cleland  01242896997