Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
This tweakment uses your own blood to provide a rejuvenating cocktail that is injected back into your skin. Around 15ml of blood is taken from your arm, as it would be in a blood test, then placed in a centrifuge for five minutes. This separates the red blood cells from the clear plasma, which contains platelets which can generate growth factors, which in turn can repair damage within the skin. This plasma is then immediately injected back into your face, either with a needle or with a cannula.
Pain level: Low
Cost from: £800
Recovery time: 1 Day
Where is it used for:
All over the face, though it can also be used in the neck, the decolletage and the backs of the hands.
How does it work:
The platelets within the plasma can generate growth factors, which in turn have the ability to improve the skin by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin in the skin, and improving hydration.
How long does it take:
30 minutes. A week for results to show properly.
Minimal – though injections in the neck and decolletage feel much more uncomfortable than they do in the face
None needed; numbing cream if you want.
Improved hydration, radiance and glow to the skin, which shows up after a week.
Three weeks of glow, three months of skin repair beneath the surface.
After treatment/down time:
With cannula treatment, you will leave the clinic looking normal. If the PRP is administered by needle, it means multiple pinprick injections, so there may be some redness and swelling for the next day or two.
Things to bear in mind:
Possible bruising and swelling after the injections.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) can help you with these concerns: