Platelet Rich Plasma

What is PRP?

The ‘ Vampire Facelift ‘ as it has become known, is a sophisticated facial rejuvenation treatment which utilises your own blood and its natural healing properties to rejuvenate ageing, lined and dull skin and add volume to the face. This is achieved by drawing a 10-20ml blood sample from you, placing it in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the red blood cells, and then immediately injecting the prepared platelet rich plasma (PRP) back into the skin.

How does PRP work?

Blood contains: oxygen rich red blood cells, infection fighting white blood cells, platelets for clotting and healing, and a watery transport mechanism called plasma. We know PRP is enriched with platelets, stem cells and growth factors. The use of PRP has been well documented in the disciplines of Orthopeadics and sports injuries, Dentistry, Wound Healing, and Burns and Plastics. Of primary importance in this treatment is collecting the platelets from your blood sample. Platelets contain growth factors and it is these growth factors that prompt the healing and repair of tissues. Activated platelets, attract stem cells and encourage stem cell proliferation, increase tissue regeneration and collagen synthesis, decrease inflammation, and increase bone density. So, when injected into the skin the result is fresher, more vibrant, and healthier skin. Injecting into the deeper tissues, can subtly plump and volumise the face. In skin rejuvenation, PRP is particularly effective in treating the thin and wrinkled skin around the eyes and on the neck, on the backs of the hands, lined areas around the mouth, and for softening and improving scar tissue. And, because PRP is a product of your own cells, there is no risk of an allergic reaction or rejection, no animal derivatives are involved and it is readily absorbed and used by the body.

What you can expect during the treatment?

Topical anesthetic cream is applied to the treatment areas with only minimal discomfort being reported during the procedure. We use fine needles to insert the PRP in a series of injections along the treatment area. This maximises comfort and minimises trauma to the skin. The whole process takes about one hour to complete. Immediately after the treatment you may experience mild redness, blanching, swelling and bruising although these usually resolve within 2-3 days. Because PRP is a fluid, it is readily dispersed within the tissues, and due to the healing properties of the PRP we find that any resultant bruising clears more quickly than normal. We would note that inflammation is part of the normal healing process and tells us that the tissues are responding to the treatment. For this reason, it is important to avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications and to let the inflammation resolve naturally over 2-3 days.

When can you expect noticeable results?

Unlike treatments which offer immediate results, PRP takes a little more time before results become visible. Generally you will have noted improvement to your skin by 6 weeks, though some people have reported brighter and fresher skin 2 weeks following treatment. For the full effect of the treatment, we ask you to wait 3 months. At this time we will arrange a follow-up appointment with you to assess the results and discuss further treatments. Re-treatment schedules will depend on the condition of your skin and the level of improvement you desire. Generally, retreating at 3 months following your initial treatment with 12 month top-ups is adequate. For particularly aged or damaged skin, we may recommend a course of 3 treatments 4-6 weeks apart and then yearly treatments thereafter.

Who is suitable for treatments?

PRP treatments are not suitable for everyone, and are contraindicated if you have a clotting/bleeding disorder, platelet disorder, liver disease, skin cancers of the face, or are pregnant. If you are a smoker or have an auto immune disease, the level of rejuvenation and the longevity of its effects are significantly lessened. If you are on anti-coagulant therapy (blood thinners), bruising will be more marked.

To obtain the best results, we may suggest using PRP in conjunction with other skin care treatments such as the Genuine Dermaroller™, Skin Peels or Laser therapy. To improve the longevity of treatments we can also recommend a tailored skin care regime to further improve skin tone and texture. We would always recommend using high factor sun protection as part of your daily skin care routine.