An area where we are seeing major growth, is in anti-ageing treatments that don’t involve a scalpel.
Where people once bulked at the money and time required for a traditional facelift, they are now considering non-surgical options to approve their appearance, and over the past decade or so there have been major advances in this area, and there is more still to come.
These treatments have now moved way beyond Botox: the latest cosmetic procedures are all about using our own platelets and stem cells to restore the skin’s volume.
Botox and Fillers
Botox, since being regulated for cosmetic use, is still by far the most popular treatment for the improvement of the appearance of wrinkles particularly around the eyes and forehead. It works by paralysing particular muscles and blocking nerves.
Though it has obvious effects on the appearance of wrinkles and is very popular for this reason, there are many unfavourable side effects associated with Botox treatments.
Some of the more obvious cases of Botox-related problems are: elevated brows, trouble with blinking, eye drooping, and difficulties with tear production.
One of the more fundamental problems with Botox however, is that effects are temporary. Regular injections are required for maintenance. One correlation of this is that if a patient does not like the effects of Botox, they will have to live with their changed appearance for around three months. Further, once treatment ceases, the patient’s skin and appearance will return to the pre-Botox state.
Treatments must be continued for the effect to be seen. This means that once treatments are stopped, the effect will be lost.
PRP therapy, sometimes referred to as The Vampire Facial, is unique to other skin treatments, as it uses the patient’s own blood to harvest concentrated plasma, which is rich in platelets. When injected, these rich platelets release powerful growth factors that are specifically designed to boost the skins ability to rejuvenate.
The primary advantage of PRP over Botox is that treatment is virtually risk-free. Treatment with platelet rich plasma uses your own blood. Because of this, the risk of allergy or cellular rejection is eliminated, making PRP one of the safest and most tolerable procedures currently available.
In addition, effects are longer lasting and more natural than botox. Each treatment delivers an accumulative effect, with visible changes evident within two to three months. The healing and regenerative effect continues for over twelve months after just one PRP injection treatment.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem Cell Therapy is the most advanced of the three, which utilises a patient’s own Stem Cells to treat aging issues and conditions. This method is designed to aid in the repair and regeneration of aging tissue in the body. This is because stem cells are mother cells that have the potential to become any type of cell in the body and also release a whole collection of growth factors which can stimulate repair and regeneration of tissue.
Where PRP helps restore your body’s EXISTING healing mechanism as it releases growth factors and cytokines to kick start the healing. Stem cells on the other hand, are not used to enhance healing, but to create new solutions to healing challenges.
To use a gardening metaphor, if you have a plant that is not doing so well, placing some more water and fertilizer in the ground may help your plant recover. Platelets are like fertilizer.
Whereas stems cells are like placing new seeds in the area and hiring a gardener. Stem cells are capable of not only creating new tissue that is lost, but also coordinating the repair response (so the seeds and the gardener).
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