Since I turned 30 I have been putting more attention to my skincare and beauty regimes. I have been using Hyaluronic Acid daily before going to bed now over a year. (Read more about it here!) And even though the name suggests like it’s something chemical it’s actually a part of our bodies, so it’s 100% natural. That is why I decided to find out more about natural procedures, such as Hyaluronic Acid & Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment(PRP) aka Vampire Treatment in Marbella, also because my skin is extremely dry and I had heard that these procedures are the perfect solution for that problem.
When looking for the best beauty clinic in Marbella, there is no doubt that you will come across with Arques Clinic. I heard a lot of good reviews from their clients and they offer a variety of aesthetic medicine procedures from Botox to all kinds of body treatments, but what interested me most was their 100% natural procedures. I don’t judge people who do botox, but I do feel before going to these extreme measures (in my opinion), there are plenty of natural and healthier options to choose from. And of course nutrition is so important and overall our lifestyle is what shapes our look and skin!
About Dr.Mario Arques
When you let someone near your skin and face, it’s extremely important that you feel comfortable with them and that they are highly professional. So another thing that convinced me to choose Arques Clinic from all the beauty clinics in Marbella was the fact that Dr. Mario Arques has dedicated already 20 years to medicine.
He graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Granada in 1995 and earned a Masters degree in Aesthetic Medicine by the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid. He began his activity in aesthetic medicine through assistance to numerous accredited courses and by performing the Masters in Aesthetic Medicine in URJC. He began developing his medical work in the Andalusian Health Service, where he has had care and direct duties with advanced level crediting the Clinical Management Almanzora by the Agency for Health Quality of Andalusia. Dr.Arques is also a doctor of the Critical Care and Emergency Unit, having taught at the Andalusian School of Public Safety for several years, providing greater confidence to all patients who are placed in his hands.
Currently still he is forming in prestigious academies and holds courses, workshops, conferences and national and international conferences. He is a physician pioneer incorporating the latest techniques for the implementation of its beauty treatments as well as the highest quality products in professional consensus, getting to be the best in their field. When I first met Dr.Mario Arques I instantly felt very safe and fully informed of the procedures. The whole team in the clinic was super friendly and warm, they made me feel like home and I wasn’t afraid to ask questions. So I here are some questions I’m sure you would like to know the answers to:
1. Can you tell me more about Hyaluronic Acid & Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment(PRP) treatment and how long will the results last?
Hyaluronic Acid is a natural substance found in our bodies, well suited to plump thin lips and to fill facial creases, such as nasal labial folds. It may also be appropriate for some surface wrinkles and concave scars. One of the earliest signs of ageing is the loss of facial fullness and the development of wrinkles. Softening of these facial lines and the restoration of volume and fullness in the face can be often achieved with non-surgical procedures such as fillers. Injectable fillers can plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours, soften facial creases and wrinkles and Improves the appearance of recessed scars, restore facial contours, or reduce the appearance of lines and creases.
Any treatment with hyaluronic acid can be dissolved using a product called "Hyaluronidasa" in the case of not liking the result, however this will not be the case as we use the latest products and most innovative technique in order to achieve the best results. Laboratories say Hyaluronic Acid effect lasts between 8 and 12 months, depending on the person because being a natural product which is reabsorbed by the body itself, specially if the patient’s body has a lack of collagen or hyaluronic acid the effect will last less, thus the importance of having a healthy diet, or taking supplements containing these essential components for our skin.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, also known as "Vampire facelift", as made famous by Kim Kardashian and other celebrities, is the latest natural approach in anti-ageing facial and body rejuvenation, using the patient’s own blood cells. It has become a highly sought-after non-surgical procedure for facial and skin rejuvenation. PRP has a long history of being used in orthopaedic medicine, dentistry and reconstructive surgery, and now its benefits are being applied to other fields of medicine such as dermatology, skin wound healing, hair restoration and facial rejuvenation.
The results vary depending each patient’s skin type, however, to achieve the longest lasting results, besides luminosity, and prevent the re-appearance of wrinkles three annual sessions are recommended.
2. Why should one try the Platelet Rich Plasma treatment?
I advise trying the plasma treatment as it is 100% natural. It consists of injecting a platelet concentrate obtained from the patient into the treatment area. Results are achieved from the first session, with no side effects. Within the field of cell therapies, it is already being applied in the treatment of hair loss with good results.
Plasma is a part of the blood, which once centrifuged accumulates many platelet rich cells, being these rich in responsible growth factors to regenerate tissues and wounds which happen in the body.
The PRP is a natural treatment which delays the appearance of wrinkles and substantially improves health and hydration of the skin. Usually three to five sessions will achieve excellent results. It is a restorative treatment through bio stimulation; restores skin metabolism and functionalism deteriorated over time. In other words, it is a cell renewal of the skin inside out. Overall the skin will look more luminous, smooth and rejuvenated.
3. What age should you start thinking about it?
We all have that one friend that tells us we are too young to be having things done, this and the other! It's the same thing as if they would tell us that we are too young to be brushing our teeth all day long or too young to be looking after our hair with hair treatments. We are probably also too young to take vitamin supplements but we should also be taking them. Due to our lifestyle our bodies suffer deterioration which we must treat. Your friend advises you with the best interest but she's probably not a doctor and is not conscious of how important it is to prevent ageing at an early stage. Creams can only reach a superficial level of the skin, less than 1mm and can help up to about 15% of our problems.
From the age of 25 we start to produce less collagen and hyaluronic acid. If we don't stimulate our skin we will reach the age of 55 with skin that has lost most of its youthfulness and which will also be more difficult to recover, often times resulting in flaccidity that can no longer be treated with collagen or threads. In these cases the only inevitable solution would be surgery, which tends to leave an unnatural look.
4. What are the most 'natural' treatments that you offer?
To give you a few examples, the Platelet - Rich Plasma treatment, vitamins, collagen - inducing treatments are all natural. We certify that our clinic, Arques Clinic in Marbella our Bio manufacturing process. Process which uses a specific, controlled and certified production method. Our clinic also uses green products, green technology and green injections and we use bio materials.
Green Products- Products of highest quality, thanks to the use of pure hyaluronic acid, with minimal presence of external chemicals.
Green Technology - New generation of products manufactured in compliance with the strict rules which protect the environment: limitation of waste, saving energy, water, waste recycling, using equipment of high energetic efficiency (ISO 14001 certified).
Green Injections - This is a new international standard concerning injections which looks after your safety. Respects the environment in its production process and supports techniques which aim to obtain natural results and maintain the natural beauty over the years.
5. How much do these two procedures cost? Should you always do them together?
The price for each treatment individually is 350€ for hyaluronic acid and 300€ the plasma treatment, however, we have an offer in which both treatments combined are only 350€ or 29€ per month with the interest - since we also offer free financing!
About My Experience
Two weeks has passed after the treatment and even though there is no drastic change in the way I look, but my skin is definitely more luminous, not as dry as before and I can notice a disappearance of some lines in my face. Overall the treatment lasted just 10-15 minutes, not more. And afterwards your skin might be slightly red, but you can still go out without anyone noticing that you came out of a procedure. Overall I will definitely try to use the Plasma treatment more often, to naturally hydrate my skin and prevent deep wrinkles. And I 100% recommend Dr.Mario Arques (who by the way is 45 and looks like 20!) for his skills, experience and friendly approach and most importantly, when you work with professionals, you will not have to worry about it being safe!
Before & After
ARQUES CLINIC MARBELLA
(+34) 662 408 408
C/Ramón Areces SN.
Complejo Marina Banús,
Block 3, Local 29
Puerto Banus, Marbella