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‘Dracula’ Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

Even when we have a full understanding of how and why the face ages and have all the treatment options at our disposal to delay the signs; we are constantly searching for ways to further improve skin quality and correct skin damage.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is not a filler, but a biological cell therapy that uses your own blood platelets and enriched plasma to enhance cell proliferation in the short term and induce fibroblast and growth factor activity in the long term. This results in advanced tissue healing and cell regeneration.

PRP can be mixed with vitamins and amino acids or, for example, Succinic acid to reduce pigmentation and/or hyaluronic acid to increase collagen production and skin density, thus increasing hydration and natural volume.

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photo: American Academy of Dermatology

Since PRP is from your own blood, there is no risk of allergy, lumps, granuloma’s or asymmetrical results. It is also naturally bactericidal which reduces any risk of infection.

The tiny injections are administered at 3 levels to stimulate bone, tissue and skin regeneration; finishing with a micro needling facial.

Contact Sharon for more information or to book a free consultation! Email sharon.savage@hotmail.co.uk or call 07832 210 976

PRP Facial – £350
PRP Plus – £500
Duration: 1 hour

After Care: Retinol

I am often asked by my clients about Retinol, its benefits and how to use it. One of the few ingredients to actually work, Retinol is effective in improving skin’s brightness, the treatment of acne, reducing brown/sun spots and minimising the appearance of wrinkles. It really is a skincare superhero!

Screenshot 2019-04-17 at 14.48.12To my customers, I recommend Radical Night Repair by ZO Zein Obagi. Formulated with 1% retinol, it also provides antioxidant protection to help neutralise free radical damage.
Retinol is the chemical name for Vitamin A and retinoids cause skin cells to turn over at a faster rate, decreasing oil production and helping the skin to exfoliate.

It’s important to remember that Retinol is strong stuff and with almost all effective aesthetic treatments, there will be some side effects that vary by individual.

During ‘retinization’ (which can start 1-3 days after first use) and as your skin adjusts to the retinol there may be some peeling, dryness and your face may appear redder than usual. Sensitivity is completely normal and there are many ways to soothe your skin while it builds a tolerance to Retinol. Patience is key and glowing, healthier looking skin is worth waiting for! We thought we’d list some of the best after care tips so that your Retinol treatment is as efficient as possible…

Preparation

The best preparation your can do pre-retinol is to ensure your face is moisturised. Start a moisturisation routine day and night for at least a week before you start using Retinol and you’ll ensure your skin has a better barrier function.

Moisturise Again!

Applying the retinol over a moisturiser at night will help to temper the harshness of the product. Look for one with hyaluronic acid, ceramides, antioxidants or redness relieving peptides. I recommend Epionce Renewal Facial Lotion which contains all of these things as well as a botanical complex of meadowfoam, flax, avocado and lavender to calm inflammation and neutralise free radicals. This can be ordered through Making Faces so contact me if you’d like to know more!

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Slow & Steady

Retinol is best applied at night so as to avoid sun sensitivity and shouldn’t be used every day at first. Start by applying retinol twice per week, gradually working your way up to regular use. Slow and steady will mean you have a less severe reaction to the retinol as your skin adjusts and over time you can build up to daily use if you wish.
If your skin has an adverse reaction, stop use for a couple of days until it calms down.

Switch Up Your Routine

For the first month of regular use, your skin will be sensitive and this means you may need to switch up your care routine. Use a gentle cleanser instead of an exfoliator and allow some natural oils to remain on the skin. I love SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser or Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser.

Give up masks and facial peels too – Retinol will naturally exfoliate the skin and so there is no reason to do any manual dermabrasion. You should also avoid any other products that contain retinol, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid as they can be too harsh during retinol use.

Moisturise AGAIN

If you don’t get any dryness, it’s likely that your retinol isn’t strong enough so dry patches are completely normal and should be treated with more moisturiser or soothing aloe vera gel.

Ask Your Aesthetician

If you think you are having an extreme reaction to retinol, contact your aesthetician for advice. In rare occasions when rashes develop it may mean you are having an allergic reaction to the product and so should stop use immediately.

 

Retinol can have incredible results when used correctly and my clients that use Radical Night Repair have found it has now become a part of their ongoing skin care routine. If you’d like any advice or have any questions at all about the product – please do not hesitate to contact me.

New Treatment | Dracula PRP Therapy™

In November I joined Dr Daniel Sister and Wigmore Medical for Platelet-Rich Plasma Training and am now pleased to offer the innovative Dracula PRP Therapy™ to my clients!

A powerful anti-aging treatment that involves using your own blood as an injectable treatment; Dr Sister was the first to introduce the treatment into the UK and has now perfected his own system called Dracula Therapy™.

The treatment involves taking a small sample of the patient’s blood (about the same amount as an average blood test) and placing it into a centrifuge. This process separates the red blood cells, clear serum and platelets and it is at this point that vitamins and amino acids can be added to create a super-charged serum!

This serum is then injected into the patient, using small painless injections in whichever area requires treatment. Not only is Dracula Therapy™ an amazing anti-aging treatment, it has wider uses within the medical profession including treating hair loss and sports injuries. Dracula Therapy™ is also incredibly effective at treating acne scarring and stretch marks and can be mixed with dermal fillers used to treat lines to help tackle skin related problems.

Results are noticeable within 3-4 weeks and is perfect for patients looking for a more natural approach to facial rejuvenation – Dracula Therapy™ avoids the use of synthetic fillers or animal products.

Treatment may need to be repeated every 2-6 months due to the on-going ageing process.

If you are interested in Dracula Therapy™ or would like a free consultation to discuss your needs, contact me on 07832 210 976 or email sharon.savage@hotmail.co.uk.

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