WHAT CAUSES ENLARGED PORES?
Individuals with oily skin are more likely to suffer from enlarged pores as they form due to a pool of sebum and dirt building up. This in turn results in the skin swelling up, making pores appear bigger than they truly are. Skin will also lose its tightness and elasticity as you age, and the inability of the skin to snap back into place results in pores being stretched out. Overexposure to the sun is also a factor, as the skin will generate additional skin cells at the edges of pores to protect itself from the UV rays, which unfortunately stretches out pores in the process.
WHAT IS PRP TREATMENT?
Blood is drawn from the patient’s body, similar to a blood test and is then placed into a machine that works to segregate the blood cells, serum and platelets – hence the name platelet-rich plasma. These elements are then reintroduced to the part of the body that is in need of treatment and revitalisation, and is sometimes known as ‘Vampire’ or ‘Dracula’ therapy.
This stimulates the generation of new tissue in the skin as the platelets release growth factors into the body; these factors help the body repair itself. Skin will grow back healthier than before, appearing more radiant and plump, in addition to a much improved smooth skin tone.
About 2-3 treatments are recommended, spaced 2 weeks apart but this will vary from individual to individual, and your doctor will work with you to determine a suitable number of sessions for optimum results.
RESULTS AND RECOVERY FROM PRP THERAPY
Your skin should be firmer and smoother within 3 weeks, and results gradually improve in the following months. These improvements tend to last for about 18 months, and further treatments will be required in order to maintain your skin’s health.
You may experience minimal swelling and bruising for up to a week after treatment, but this is minor and will subside. With almost no downtime associated with this treatment, you can return to your daily routine immediately. There is almost no risk of any side effects as the treatment uses natural elements produced by your body, making it safer in comparison to many other anti-aging techniques.