Exciting developments in science have brought medicine and beauty together through PRP to help us fight the effects of ageing, and the recipe can be found right here in Auckland with the incredible team at Clinic 42.
PRP stands for platelet rich plasma and is derived from your own blood, containing more than 300 active growth factors. Studies have shown that the body’s natural healing process is activated when PRP is added to a treatment area, releasing specific proteins that lead to regeneration and rejuvenation of our damaged or ageing skin via collagen synthesis. In layman’s terms this means we can use proteins from our own blood to help reverse the age of our skin.
Located in Epsom, Clinic 42 have several options for non-surgical PRP treatments. Two are injectable treatments, performed by experienced registered medical professionals. The third treatment option is a slightly less invasive treatment, infusing PRP topically into the skin via a micro-needling device. This is performed by either a nurse or skin therapist.
In a PRP treatment the blood is taken from you in a similar way to a standard blood test. It is then placed in a centrifuge and spun to separate the PRP. The PRP derived from the blood is then placed into the superficial layers under the skin, using a cannula, via 2-6 injection sites or via their micro-needling device.
PRP treatments are going to improve your skin quality, texture and soften fine lines over the ensuing months; consider these treatments a long-term investment in your skin. Areas commonly treated are around the eyes and mouth, as these areas are typically hard to treat effectively with other types of cosmetic injectables such as dermal filler. Due to PRP’s healing properties it will also work to improve more mature skins and other, hard to treat, concerns such as acne scarring.
You can feel safe with this treatment as PRP is autologous (coming from your own body), therefore, removing the risk of allergic reaction or rejection. There are no artificial ingredients, as it is injected immediately after being separated, with nothing added during the process. Initial swelling is expected, so downtime of 1-2 days is usual and, as with any injectable procedure, bruising may occur.
It is never too early to start investing in your skin. As with most health issues, prevention is the way to go, and this is no different for your skin health. See the team at Clinic 42 to use your own body to achieve a natural, fresh and revitalised you.
Complimentary consultations are available with their experienced nurses Louise Greer and Natalie Meehan to assess which treatment suits you best.