Having a high maintenance skin care regime has become second nature to the world today. We have come a long way from cleansing, moisturizing and toning. As with everything else, our skin also needs to keep up with the new ways! Finding innovative solutions to treat anti aging and dull skin has become more important than ever, thanks to the no makeup bandwagon we all want to jump on.
There are plenty of medicated products that promise our skin eternal happiness, but when Kim Kardashian gets under the needle for a PRP treatment, we are sure to throw away our creams and lotions and try learn a little more about her (not so discreet) skin care routine, even if it has to come down to a blood ridden selfie of Kim K at the dermatologist.. We are sold!
So lets look at how this procedure works and how its doing so much more than just treating injured limbs of athletes. Though that is what it was used for initially as it allows fast recovery after an injury. However these rich platelet can help hair fall and a wide range of skin problems.
Starting with the basics, We all have platelets in our blood. PRP is 3-step procedure that involves having your blood: Drawn from your arm (almost three to four tablespoons),placed into a machine that separates the platelets from the rest of your blood and Re-injected into you (only the part of your blood that contains a high concentration of platelets). So your dermatologist injects this high concentration of platelets into your face or scalp, using a syringe or microneedling (device that looks like a derma roller with tiny needles sticking out of it).
For immediate results, your dermatologist may also inject a filler.Sounds simple doesn’t it? However there are few scares to be aware of: Despite the hoopla, there’s little evidence to show that it works or doesn’t work.But with little or no side effects, alot of people are willing to try it out themselves.
The happy clients have reported:
Plump up sagging skin
Get rid of deep creases
Improve one’s complexion
Diminish acne scars
In addition this facial is said to bring a smoother, brighter and even toned texture to your skin. It also aids in restoring the facial shape in a non-invasive method, using only natural resources from your own blood. The treatment has become a safe one to follow in Pakistan in the recent years with certified dermatologists and advanced equipment.
It is also known to control pigmentation and reduce dark circles. A perk being that the procedure can be used for any age group, it’s not only used for age defying purposes but also for anyone who is suffering from acne scars and other skin conditions.
The cost of vanity has never been cheap and neither is this treatment! In general the price range varies from Rs. 15,000 – Rs. 40,000 for one session. People with certain health conditions such as HIV, hepatitis, heart and other blood diseases may not be safe for this procedure.
There is also some temporary down time, the face is prone to some swelling, bruising and redness for atleast 12-24 hours, or even a little bit longer depending on the sensitivity of the skin. Some people particularly get puffiness around the eyes. Post-procedure sunscreen is highly recommended. Applying makeup, though, is discouraged. Also it is not a one time expense, and a couple of sessions and follow ups will be recommended for apparent results and the effectiveness will vary depending on the results of each persons skin.
With the elusive explained, your dermatologist will best analyse your case. However the procedure does allow a gradual rejuvenation over time, unlike the perils of botox and fillers which leave you looking more plastic than your ‘fake plastic watering cans’