What is acne?
Acne, medically known as Acne Vulgaris, is a skin disease that involves the oil glands at the base of hair follicles. It commonly occurs during puberty when the sebaceous (oil) glands come to life – the glands are stimulated by male hormones produced by the adrenal glands of both males and females.
Acne is not dangerous, but can leave skin scars. Human skin has pores (tiny holes) which connect to oil glands located under the skin. The glands are connected to the pores via follicles – small canals. These glands produce Sebum, an oily liquid. The sebum carries dead skin cells through the follicles to the surface of the skin. A small hair grows through the follicle out of the skin. Pimples grow when these follicles get blocked, resulting in an accumulation of oil under the skin.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy?
PRP Therapy (which stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy) involves blood being taken from the patient’s body (in the same way as in a blood test) then put in a machine that separates the blood cells, serum and platelets which are then injected directly back into the face or the area of the body in need of rejuvenation. It is sometimes referred to as ‘Dracula’ or ‘Vampire’ therapy.
Platelets release growth factors that help the body repair itself by stimulating cells to regenerate new tissue so as well as improving the skin tone. The treatment also promotes healthy skin growth and collagen production so skin appears plumper and more vibrant with less oil and thus less Acne.
This is best procedure for those who prefer a more natural approach to anti-ageing treatments. PRP Therapy is a completely safe and natural treatment and is highly effective at improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, scarring, sun damage and dull, worn-out looking skin. PRP can be used to rejuvenate the face, neck, décolleté, backs of hands, scalp and other body areas.
Expect the skin to be visibly smoother, firmer and revitalised within three weeks of treatment and improvements in skin tone and texture will continue in the following months. Results usually last for 18 months and top-up treatments will maintain the effects.
Some minimal swelling and bruising may be experienced for 7 days following treatment but very little down is required for this treatment and because your own plasma is used there is minimal risk of side effects.
It depends on the condition of the skin but usually 2-3 treatments are recommended with a two week gap between each treatment.