In my quest to age gracefully, but also look 10 years younger (wink), I’ve tried Botox a couple of times (read about it here and here) and haven’t loved it for so many reasons. Now, I’d like to share with you a different, far more natural (though arguably more invasive) treatment I tried recently at Aesthetica in Byron Bay.
Dubbed the vampire facial because your face looks more than a little red and scary during the treatment, PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is a natural therapy that uses your body’s own intrinsic healing and anti-ageing capabilities. It involves drawing a small amount of your own blood and spinning it in a centrifuge – a process that separates platelets from red blood cells, leaving behind highly concentrated plasma.
The “yellow gold” as it’s described, is good, good stuff, or so I’m told by my lovely cosmetic nurse, Alexa Roetger, before she injects it back into my skin – focusing on the areas around my eyes and cheeks. Injecting in conjunction with using the dermapen delivers better results when compared to using the dermapen alone, but (and this is a big but for me as if left me unable to leave the house for a few days) the injection sites do bruise. The bruising took 10 days to go away, so there were many trips to the shops hidden under large hats and sunglasses.
After the first treatment, I opted to only do the dermapen at the subsequent two appointments. Alexa said that my results wouldn’t be as good, but I decided that was a reasonable trade-off for being able to go out in public.
Before I go into my results, I’d like to share a little more about who this treatment is suited to and why they might choose it over other injectables.
According to Alexa, PRP is recommended for clients that are interested in going down a more natural pathway of their aesthetic journey, or those keen to get the most out of their cosmetic injectables.
It can be used to rejuvenate the face and reduce the appearance of fine-to-moderate wrinkles, particularly those caused by sun damage. Most commonly it is used to treat the cheeks, eye area and décolletage, but PRP can also be used on other parts of the body such as the elbows, backs of hands and unwanted stretch marks. PRP is also often used as a complimentary therapy with cosmetic injectables, often improving the result.
I should also mention that one of the big drawbacks to this treatment is that it is very expensive and to treat one’s face several times runs into the thousands of dollars. I was lucky enough to do a contra swap for memberships at my Pilates studio, Bende in Byron Bay, otherwise I don’t think I could have justified the expense.
In my case, the plan was to try PRP and see if this course of three treatments alone was enough for me. And the answer if I’m honest, is yes, regardless of the long-term results. I don’t want to inject anything foreign into my body, nor do I want to be stuck on the hamster wheel of having to maintain my face. Instead, I’ve chosen to try these treatments, come what may, and then leave my lovely face well enough alone.
So what’s the verdict? Good, very good. Three months post my third treatment, my skin looks beautiful. My fine lines are less visible and my beautiful laugh lines are softer, but still shining brightly and happily through.
Original article published by @VogueAustralia >