As we age, the skin loses collagen and elastin and fine lines and wrinkles can appear in the skin. Fortunately, there are treatments which will greatly help reduce the appearance of lines.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) can effectively treat fine lines. Platelet rich plasma is the portion of blood which contains a high concentration of platelets. Platelets stimulate the release of growth factors which assist in collagen regeneration.
During the PRP procedure, 8-24ml of your blood is collected in a similar way to a blood test. The blood is spun down in a centrifuge using a specially designed tube that separates the PRP from the red blood cells. The PRP portion of the tube is then drawn up into a syringe ready for re-injection and/or microneedling into the skin. Topical anaesthetic cream is applied to the skin prior to injection or microneedling to keep discomfort to a minimum.
There is very little to no downtime following a PRP treatment. Injections can cause minor bruising and swelling. Some patients report a tingling sensation after injection.
Typically, at least 3 PRP treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart will be needed to treat scars although many patients may need up to 6 treatments.
First results are usually visible 2 weeks after the first treatment and full results around 3 months after the final treatment.
Skin microneedling can also help reduce the appearance of fine lines by harnessing the body’s innate ability to re-grow and repair the skin as a response to damage. A small, hand-held device delivers over 1000 micro-punctures per second into the skin causing a controlled skin injury thus stimulating the skin to produce collagen. The process generates new healthy skin cells to replace aged or damaged ones and can improve the appearance of scars.
Generally, 4-6 treatments, spaced 4-6 weeks apart are recommended for optimal results. Some patients may require additional treatments.
Results can be seen after the first treatment. Lasting and more significant results will occur after 4 to 6 treatments. Your skin will continue to improve over the next 6-12 months after a course of treatments.
For minimum needle depths microneedling treatments are painless. Treatments for scars is usually performed at deeper depths and may require a topical anesthetic cream to be applied for several minutes before the procedure. This will render the treatments virtually pain free.
Patients may experience redness at the treatment site for 12-48 hours after the treatment but are able to return to normal daily activities immediately after the treatment.