We have all heard the truism: we are stronger together than apart. And the same holds true for aesthetic treatments as we take a look at platelet-rich plasma therapy or PRP and how powerful and effective it can be when combined with the other aesthetic treatments we have at our disposal.
First, what exactly is PRP?
PRP has been used for many years to assist in wound healing, whether after surgery or sports-related injuries; PRP has been found to be particularly good at reversing tendon damage. However, in recent years this minimally invasive, truly natural procedure has been receiving more attention as a beauty treatment.
It works by taking the body’s own plasma, full of healing platelets, and using them to regenerate skin and other tissues that have become damaged, whether that be as a result of sun damage, other external factors, or as a result of the ageing process. Its facial rejuvenation properties can target any area of the face, neck, décolletage or hands; anywhere you have started to see changes to skin tone and texture in terms of pigmentation, wrinkles or loss of volume.
Dr Berkowitz will first take a sample of your own blood, which is spun in a centrifuge to separate out the plasma and platelets. The platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the treatment area, releasing healing proteins known as growth factors, resulting in a very natural and subtle skin rejuvenation.
PRP and Botox
As we age, it’s rare to be able to pinpoint just one problem area – it’s called the ageing process because there are a number of different transformations that are occurring at the same time. PRP can produce a very natural, all-over rejuvenation of the skin, but it doesn’t work in the same way Botox does when targeting the lines and wrinkles that form in the upper third of the face.
These lines are called dynamic wrinkles because they are caused by the continual movement of the muscles underneath the surface of the skin. Over time, deeper, more marked lines can appear on the forehead and around the eyes. Botox works by temporarily freezing the muscles from moving, softening the lines and producing a more relaxed, open expression.
PRP and Dermal Fillers
As we age, we lose volume in the face, causing our cheeks to flatten and folds to appear between the nose and mouth and on the jawline. Temporary hyaluronic acid dermal fillers have become the gold standard of aesthetic treatments for revolumising the face and they are a fantastically effective treatment. Combining with PRP allows us to also tackle fine lines around the lips, a delicate area which can be more challenging to treat with other aesthetic procedures.
PRP and Collagen Induction Therapy
Collagen Induction Therapy, also known as medical micro-needling, is another natural skin rejuvenation procedure that works by triggering the body’s healing process. Rather than delivering the the plasma through an injection, the skin is prepared using the micro-needling device. By combining PRP and micro-needling, the two therapies work together in synergy, while also allowing the PRP to penetrate the skin all over.
For more information on the full range of aesthetic treatments offered by Wimpole Aesthetic Clinic call 020 7224 2247 to book a consultation.