Health

Key to flawless skin is in your blood

Skin Care Matters

with Michelle Vernon

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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ALL you ever needed for flawless skin is in your blood.

If you are not inclined to use chemicals such as botox or fillers injected into your skin to defy age, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) facial might be right for you.

PRP is a natural product created from your own body. A small amount of blood is drawn from you and placed in a sterile tube that is placed in a centrifuge to separate the different components of the blood. Red and white blood cells are divided from the platelets and the plasma — the clear fluid. The plasma now contains a higher than normal number of platelets and is called platelet-rich plasma.

How the platelets work

Platelets are the cells in the blood that help tissue to heal and grow new cells. The PRP is infused into the skin via microneedling, which promotes your own collagen to grow to naturally smooth and tighten the skin.

The platelets also help to minimise fine lines and wrinkles with lasting results.

Women who have had the platelet-rich plasma facelift treatment find their faces look even better, several months after they have had the treatment. That's because the plasma stimulates their skin's stem cells to produce more collagen, grow new cells and literally rejuvenate their skin.

The new cell growth in your skin, generated by the platelet-rich plasma, takes weeks to months, which is why it looks so much better after more time passes.

Botox and other filler treatments break down with time, but the platelet-rich plasma lasts — as long as 18 months to two years — and looks better.

History of PRP

PRP has a long history of being used in orthopaedic medicine, dentistry and reconstructive surgery, and now its benefits are being applied to skin care for skin wound healing and cosmetic facial rejuvenation.

Scientific studies dating back 30 years have documented that PRP grows new collagen when injected into the skin, and newer studies show that PRP can soften sun damage and ageing skin issues.

How does PRP differ from other injections, fillers?

Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as restylane and juvederm, are composed of solid material that fills lines and skin folds. These fillers usually last from six to 18 months, and repeated treatments are required to fill the area again.

PRP is used for volumising faces that are beginning to look drawn, to plump out cheek indentations, soften under eye hollows, improve the skin tone, tightness and texture, and fill in areas where hyaluronic acid fillers cannot reach or are not safe to use.

Restylane and juvederm fill specific lines and folds while PRP improves overall volume, fullness and skin tone. PRP acts to improve overall quality rather than filling individual wrinkles.

Results

Clients can expect results to begin showing three to four weeks after the treatment session and continue to improve with time. Three treatment sessions are generally recommended, spaced one to two months apart to achieve the best outcome.

PRP can be combined with laser treatments, microdermabrasion, chemical peel, and injectables to best target the client's unique issues and thus achieve the final goal of younger-looking skin.

Michelle Vernon is a licensed aesthetician who operates the Body Studio Skincare located at 20 Constant Spring Road, Mall Plaza, Kingston 10, and Fairview Shopping Centre, Montego Bay. She may be reached at telephone 908-0438 or 684-9800; IG @ bodystudioskincare; E-mail: bodystudioskincare@gmail.com; Website: www.bodystudioskincare.com.

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