PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma)

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BEAUTY -

“What I like about PRP is that it is us­ing your body’s own mes­sag­ing sys­tem to re­ju­ve­nate and im­prove skin tex­ture,” says Dr Cather­ine Stone. Dr Joanna Ro­manowska agrees, see­ing this in­no­va­tive form of ap­pear­ance medicine as a way forward for skin re­ju­ve­na­tion, al­though it was first used in car­dio­tho­racic surgery more than 20 years ago. PRP is where Bo­tox was 14 years ago – it’s at the tip­ping point and sud­denly ev­ery­one is keen to use it. “PRP treat­ment uses the heal­ing parts of your own blood – your own platelets and plasma – to tell your body to re­ju­ve­nate what­ever tis­sue you put it into,” says Cather­ine. The PRP is iso­lated from a sam­ple of blood (about 2 tea­spoons) then spun around in a cen­trifuge and in­jected into a spe­cific area. It can be used for many dif­fer­ent con­cerns, but cos­met­i­cally it is com­monly used for im­prov­ing skin tex­ture, thick­ness and lu­mi­nos­ity, and is es­pe­cially good for fine, crepey skin around the eyes, neck, chest and backs of hands. “It is one of the pro­ce­dures we can use to re­duce bag­gi­ness un­der the eye,” adds Joanna. It can also be used to pre­vent hair loss and is ex­cel­lent in help­ing to treat scars when com­bined with der­mal needling. The ‘vam­pire’ fa­cial, made fa­mous by Kim Kardashian in a rather dis­turb­ing so­cial me­dia im­age, isn’t as bad as it looked. This fa­cial uses a der­mal needling de­vice and mixes PRP with Hyaluronic acid to sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove skin’s tex­ture and lu­mi­nos­ity. Re­sults may vary, Joanna ex­plains. “The health­ier the per­son, the bet­ter the re­sults, but un­like Bo­tox and der­mal fillers (where we have con­trol), plasma is a live tis­sue, so it’s a vari­able, which means we have no con­trol over it. We can’t guar­an­tee re­sults and every­body re­sponds dif­fer­ently.”

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