PRP – the Vam­pire Facelift

Style Magazine - - Style | Expert - JULIE BRADFORD THE BRADFORD CLINIC www.thechron­i­cle.com.au/life­style

Platelet-rich Plasma is a treat­ment us­ing con­cen­trated platelets normally present in blood. As well as being im­por­tant for blood clot­ting, these platelets are a source of growth fac­tors that as­sist the body to re­pair it­self nat­u­rally after dam­age and to stim­u­late new tis­sue re­gen­er­a­tion. PRP treat­ments are used to re­ju­ve­nate skin in­clud­ing wrin­kles and sun-dam­age. The plasma is eas­ily sep­a­rated from your own blood by cen­trifuge, and there is no risk of dis­ease trans­mis­sion or al­ler­gic re­ac­tions. A slight sting and mi­nor bruis­ing are the only side ef­fects. Im­proved skin tone and tex­ture can be ex­pected within three weeks. The process can be fur­ther en­hanced by adding a hy­drat­ing natural ‘filler’ to the in­ject­ing process. Be­cause the enriched plasma en­cour­ages the body to heal faster, PRP is also used to treat mus­cu­loskele­tal in­juries in­clud­ing acute mus­cle tears and chronic ten­don in­juries such as ten­nis el­bow, Achilles ten­dini­tis, plan­tar fasci­itis and golfer’s el­bow. There is on­go­ing med­i­cal research into the use of PRP in os­teoarthri­tis, in­clud­ing knees and hips. PRP is also used to im­prove uri­nary in­con­ti­nence in women, us­ing the re­cently pop­u­larised tech­nique called the ‘O-shot’.

Come and see The Bradford Clinic at suite 2, Clif­ford Place, 25 Is­abel St, to dis­cuss your treat­ments.

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