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PRP Facial Rejuvenation – Platelet Rich Plasma

Skin Rejuvenation using Platelets extracted from your own blood.

Also known as a ‘Vampire Facial’ or ‘Vampire Facelift’ – PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma facial rejuvenation can improve the texture and give the skin a glowing quality. PRP is also being used for hair loss, acne scars, wrinkles and tear trough correction. It can also be injected into various parts of the body to promote healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. 

What are Platelets and PRP? 

Platelets are tiny cells in your blood. By spinning your blood very quickly, we can extract the platelets out from the rest of the blood to give PRP or ‘Platelet Rich Plasma’. Platelets most well-known function is to help with clotting and wound healing after trauma or bleeding. They do this by physically stopping the bleed by congregating at the wound and releasing chemical messages. These chemical messages not only speed up the clotting process, but start and maintain the wound healing and skin regeneration process.

Inside platelets are alpha granules, which contain cytokines, growth factors and bioactive proteins essential for tissue repair and healing. Upon contact with collagen fibers exposed in wounds and damaged blood vessel walls the platelet is activated – releasing the alpha granules.

The benefits of PRP are thought to rely on the complementary and complex interactions between the concentrated growth factors and adhesive protein factors such as fibronectin and vitronectin, creating the regenerative process of chemotaxis, cell proliferation, removal of tissue debris, angiogenesis, extracellular matrix formation, osteoid production, and collagen synthesis.

What to expect during your visit

A small blood sample will be taken and then will be centrifuged for 10 minutes. The volume of blood needed is only 10-20ml, compared to a blood donation which is around 500ml. After centrifuging, the blood will be separated into two main compartments – a red part (the red blood cells) and a yellow part (the serum). At the border of the red and yellow parts is where you will find the concentrated platelets compartment – the ‘PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma’. The PRP is then extracted into syringes ready for use.

For general skin rejuvenation, micro-needles are used to make tiny holes in the skin whilst the PRP is applied evenly on the skin. A roller with many tiny needles or handheld pen is used to do this. Although not painful this may be slightly uncomfortable. The holes expose the collagen within the skin. When the PRP come in contact with the collagen, chemicals are released to stimulate tissue regeneration. The PRP can also be injected in small amounts into problem areas of the face, for example under eyes or wrinkle areas.

After the micro-needling and injections, you may receive a face mask with PRP infused on it to try and maximise the PRP absorption.

Do I need to do anything before the procedure? 

For optimal results it is advised not to smoke or drink alcohol for 2 days leading up to the procedure. This is to allow the PRP to work best. It is recommended to prime the body’s immune system by taking Vitamin C before the procedure – this can be in the form of tablets or injection. Ideally you should not apply any make-up or any other creams on the face the day of the procedure.

For general skin rejuvenation, micro-needles are used to make tiny holes in the skin whilst the PRP is applied evenly on the skin. A roller with many tiny needles or handheld pen is used to do this. Although not painful this may be slightly uncomfortable. The holes expose the collagen within the skin. When the PRP come in contact with the collagen, chemicals are released to stimulate tissue regeneration. The PRP can also be injected in small amounts into problem areas of the face, for example under eyes or wrinkle areas.

After the micro-needling and injections, you may receive a face mask with PRP infused on it to try and maximise the PRP absorption.

What to expect during your visit

A small blood sample will be taken and then will be centrifuged for 10 minutes. The volume of blood needed is only 10-20ml, compared to a blood donation which is around 500ml. After centrifuging, the blood will be separated into two main compartments – a red part (the red blood cells) and a yellow part (the serum). At the border of the red and yellow parts is where you will find the concentrated platelets compartment – the ‘PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma’. The PRP is then extracted into syringes ready for use.

For general skin rejuvenation, micro-needles are used to make tiny holes in the skin whilst the PRP is applied evenly on the skin. A roller with many tiny needles or handheld pen is used to do this. Although not painful this may be slightly uncomfortable. The holes expose the collagen within the skin. When the PRP come in contact with the collagen, chemicals are released to stimulate tissue regeneration. The PRP can also be injected in small amounts into problem areas of the face, for example under eyes or wrinkle areas.

After the micro-needling and injections, you may receive a face mask with PRP infused on it to try and maximise the PRP absorption.

Are there any side effects from the procedure? 

Most people will experience some mild to moderate swelling in the area of treatment, redness or heat, which are all common side effects and are part of the activation of your platelets. If an injection has been done, swelling of the area is inevitable. If micro-needling has been done this can lead to skin peeling as new skin regenerates. Most people can go back to work the next day, although some people will develop some facial swelling and or bruising which will improve in 2 to 3 days. Prolonged sun exposure is to be avoided and sunscreen should be used.

How soon will I see results? 

A typical regime would be two to three treatments at four to six week intervals, with the effects lasting for one to two years. The full effect will take 4-6 months after the treatment. The first thing people notice is an improvement in skin turgor and elasticity which may occur 1-3 months after the treatment. The reason for the delayed response is that collagen production takes up to three months to occur. Stress, illness, smoking, alcohol and drugs can affect collagen production and may give sub-optimal results.   

Who should not have PRP therapy?

The best candidates for PRP skin rejuvenation are people with early stages of skin aging. The elderly or those with significant skin wrinkles or scars will not see much improvement from PRP.  Females who are pregnant, breast-feeding or trying to conceive should not have PRP therapy. This treatment is not recommended for those on anti-coagulation treatment, have autoimmune conditions, history of cancer or have implants in the treatment area. Your past and present medical history, as well as your past cosmetic history will be assessed to determine your suitability.