PRP Face Treatment
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy - also known as the 'Vampire Lift' – creates a concentration of healing platelets that are injected into the face to prompt the body’s own healing and rejuvenating mechanisms. The treatment stimulates skin rejuvenation and repair by encouraging new cells to grow, boosting the production of collage, which smooths lines and wrinkles, and makes for a firmer, glowing complexion.
How does PRP work?
A small sample of the patient’s blood is taken and put into a centrifuge, where it’s spun to separate the red blood cells from the platelet plasma. It is this platelet-rich plasma that is then injected into specific areas. It contains growth factors, which are chemicals that stimulate cellular regeneration and collagen, and cells that can change into fat, causing cells to plump up and increase in volume. Leading dermatologist Dr Suchitra Badvey is offering this treatment following her extensive research of PRP therapies in Europe and training in the US and UK.
What’s the PRP Vampire Facelift treatment best for?
PRP therapy can be used on the face, especially around the eyes, mouth and nose, the backs of the hands, scars and all over the body, to fill out lines and give smooth contours. Normally it is advised to have 2 – 3 treatments 4 to 6 weeks apart.
It can be used on these areas:
- Around the eyes
- Cheeks and Mid face
- Thinning skin on the neck
- Jaw Line and cheeks
- Back of hands
- Other body areas, knees, elbows, upper arms, post baby tummy
What’s involved in this therapy?
A small amount of blood is taken, similar to a routine blood test. This is spun to separate the platelet plasma. Any makeup will be removed and a local anaesthetic is applied to the skin of the injection site for 20 to 30 minutes. The PRP will then be injected into the skin, using a very fine needle. Injections may be given multiple times in a number of locations in order to give an overall improvement to the area. The whole process usually takes about an hour, and most people feel fine to go about their normal day soon afterwards.
You can expect some bruising, swelling and redness at the injection sites, but by using a cold compress to treat swelling, and avoiding applying cream or make up for 6 hrs after the treatment, your skin will soon settle down.
What results can I expect?
It may take a few weeks before you see visible improvements, but after two to three weeks your skin will look plumper and smoother.
There is on-going improvement in your skin up to12 months after each treatment depending on the rate you grow collagen. It is suggested that you have follow up treatments at 12 months. With two to three top-up treatments, you can expect the results to last for up to two years.
IS PRP therapy not suitable for anyone?
Patients with severe skin disease, cancer, receiving chemotherapy, severe metabolic and systemic disorders, and abnormal platelet function (i.e. blood disorders). Anti-coagulation therapy and underlying sepsis HIV, some auto immune disease excludes the use of PRP. Consultation is required to see if you are suited to a PRP treatment.
Dr Badvey brings her considerable expertise to the latest cosmetic skin technologies to enable women to have healthy, beautiful and natural looking skin at any age.
Professor Ash Mosahebi is a highly qualified surgeon and part of the UK's Specialist Advisory Committee on Plastic surgery. He brings his expert knowledge to the clinic.