DEBUNKED: All about PRP, does it work?

Is it for vanity or a necessary treatment to regain youthfulness?

Credits:     Jeannie Phan

Credits: Jeannie Phan

In the endless pursuit for eternal youth, Instagram facials are rising in trend. For example, Kim Kardashian’s post facial selfie with blood stains that went viral. The scary-yet-cool Instagram facial, or as we'd like to call it, Vampire Facial. Especially in the US or Korea, where it has been gaining popularity, the rejuvenation therapy has sparked the interest of many who have longed for a solution to reduce facial lines. Doesn’t that just sound magical? Before you make a trip to your dermatologist, my apologies for being the bearer of bad news.. The treatment is not yet available in Singapore except in clinical trials or orthopaedic clinics that have been approved by the Ministry of Health (MOH). Though everyone wants to preserve their youth, how adventurous are we to risk it all, in the name of beauty? If you’re like me and have always been curious about the effectiveness of PRP treatment, I've compiled all my research for you! You’re welcome.

First of all, what is PRP treatment, and how does it work?

PRP, known as Platelet-Rich-Plasma, is derived from the scrum portion of the blood, which contains platelets. These platelets contain high levels of growth factors, which will help stimulate collagen and is a natural cell booster. At the dermatologist, the doctor will draw out 10ml of your blood (you're only allowed to use your own blood to promote the healthy growth of skin cells) and place it in a centrifuge, which separates the platelets from the rest of the blood. It usually takes about 20 minutes to obtain the perfectly clear PRP formula before it gets injected back into your face.

In the presence of micro-needling, it creates an active wound to stimulate PRP growth factors. Thus, if the healing stops, the therapy may not produce visible results. When it comes to pain, it's said to be pretty painless, though you might expect some redness and bruises on the injection areas.

Bottom line: As an avid beauty lover, PRP treatment could be a great beauty solution for those with severe skin concerns. It's also an alternative to those looking to minimise the appearance of their stretch marks and to treat sports injuries. However, is it worth the hype? Nah. Chances are you'll require multiple treatments to obtain optimal results, and sometimes months to see the progress. That said, micro-needling and injections stand a massive portion of the facial and if you're fearful of needles, consider sticking to a good skincare regime instead!