Before you botox, PRP
Now that I’m 25 and the effects of ageing is in the near horizon, it’s time to up my skincare game and explore anti-ageing procedures. However, I like to think I still have some perspective as a beauty fanatic and as I don’t have any lines or wrinkles, I look for minimally invasive treatments that really tackle the root of the problem (the slowing down of collagen production in your mid-20’s). One thing that really stood out to me is the universal opinion that the anti-ageing PRP treatment (platelet-rich plasma) or ‘vampire facial’ is highly effective as a preventative. While there is contention around whether or not botox or fillers can hold back the effects of time, as opposed to merely masking it, almost every clinic I’ve been to offers PRP with confidence. I was about to find out what the most morbid treatment on the market can do for you:
I went to Harley Injectables, a small clinic run by Alice, a nurse prescriber who specialises in all things needles. If you’re squeamish and afraid of needles, this probably isn’t the thing for you as PRP is adminstered by injection or dermaroller. You’re either going to have to take deep breaths and Xanax or hope that you’ve got superhuman genes and a really powerful moisturiser to sort out your collagen deterioration! There’s a reason this treatment has such a loyal cult following:
- First, my face was covered in topical anaesthetic.
- Then Alice took 20ml of blood from my arm and placed it in a centrifuge that separates the plasma from the platelets (red blood cells).
- The remaining 9ml of plasma is then decanted into nine needles, to keep the point sharp during the numerous injections.
- Alice made 1cm injections all over my face, the forehead hurt the least and the cheeks were the most painful as the muscle is larger and denser in that area.
- The remaining plasma was smeared around the face as a ‘mask’ to let dry for 3-4 hours minimum.
I have been a little spoilt – all of the procedures I’ve undergone before have had almost immediate results and a downtime of 2-4 hours. A week after my experience with PRP, the needle marks had subsided and gradually I began to notice two highlighter-yellow marks on either side of my face. This freaked me out until I was told they were spots from deep bruising. The real results of PRP really hit me about two and a half weeks later when I was vlogging and I caught sight of how taught my skin looked, especially around my cheekbones. I noticed that my skin felt firmer but until I saw it in a video, it didn’t quite connect in my head that these were the magical results that PRP disciples preach.
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As Alice points out in the video, if a client is looking to get rid of wrinkles, this procedure can’t really address that. However, if you’re looking to prevent them in the first place and only have very fine lines to worry about, it’s something to consider. What’s not to love about a tighter and collagen-rich complexion at any age?
If you’re anything like me, you still have a ton of questions. One of them is probably the price: Alice at Harley Injectables charges around £900 for the PRP treatment. Apparently, some patients ask why the price tag is so high for what is essentially their own blood – but it’s precisely the guarantee that it’s the client’s plasma, as opposed to any additives in the centrifuge, which makes it effective and safe (you can’t have an allergic reaction to what came straight from your body).
Watch my vlog to see PRP in action, step by step (not for the faint hearted!)
shot by Anastasija, @anastasija__je