I Tried PRP for Crow's-Feet, But Bizarrely, It Fixed This Other Skin Concern Too

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I’ve worked in the beauty industry for over a decade, and while you want to try everything firsthand, sometimes you don’t have the time or the concern needed to try certain treatments. That’s why I sent Hannah McGhee, our senior business director, to try PRP—otherwise known as the “vampire facial.”

McGhee told me that she had fine lines under her eyes that she was becoming more and more of aware of. She said, “I looked at more radical treatments like Botox and filler, but a family friend told me about PRP. I’d mentioned how she looked really healthy and glowy and she attributed it to the treatment. Of course, I jumped online and did my research, and, once I knew more, I liked the idea because you’re injecting your own natural product rather than a filler or toxin.”

How It Works

PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, and it’s found in our blood. According to a study conducted by PainScience.com, it plays “a critical role in tissue repair and regeneration.”

First, blood is drawn from the arm. Roughly two vials are needed to gather enough PRP to cover the whole face, so if you hate having your blood taken (like I do), then this probably isn’t the treatment for you.

The vials of blood are then placed in a centrifuge which spins it 3050 times per minute, separating the PRP from the rest of the blood. The PRP is then injected all over the face to help rejuvenate the complexion—tackling everything from fine lines to sagging to acne scarring to skin texture. It’s often used in conjunction with Botox or fillers to improve the appearance of the complexion.

What Happens in the Treatment Room

McGhee went to Dr David Jack on Harley Street in London for PRP. Below is her account of the treatment.

“I had the consultation and treatment on same day. I liked Dr Jack because he gave me a really good idea of what the outcome could be: a natural result. You don’t do PRP and walk out looking like you’ve had fillers. I opted for a course of three treatments (most people have two or three spaced roughly two to four weeks apart). Then you would just go for a top-up every six months after that.

“He applied anaesthetic cream to my face, and while that got to work, he drew blood. It went into the centrifuge for 10 minutes. He then injected the PRP all over my place. I could feel that the pricks were happening, but I didn’t feel any pain; it was just a little sensitive in more delicate areas like around the eyes. I would definitely advise against having the treatment if you’re hungover or on your period and feel a bit more sensitive. The injecting took about five minutes—super quick. I left the treatment room and did look quite red, but I was able to apply makeup after a couple of hours and I could get on with my day as usual. Exercising after was also fine.

“After the first treatment, I did get a little bruising around one eye, but I was warned this could happen. It was nothing that a little concealer couldn’t cover! Within a couple of days, I felt like my skin was really glowy and I got compliments from colleagues saying just that. When I went back for the second treatment, it dawned on me that not only had the lines softened around my eyes slightly, but more noticeable was the improvement in my acne scarring, which was far less visible.

“I had two more treatments but definitely noticed the biggest improvement after the first treatment, so I would say book one and see how you get on. I would definitely book in for this in the winter months when my complexion needs a pick-me-up.

“The PRP addressed the really fine lines around my eyes. I’m okay with having some lines but wasn’t keen on the crepey texture, which didn’t feel age-appropriate. This sorted that out, which was great. The biggest surprise was definitely the reduction in acne scarring, which I feel has made my whole complexion look brighter and more youthful.”

The Finer Details

PRP is definitely not cheap. It’s priced at £450 per treatment with Dr David Jack, but it definitely works.

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