We often use a PRP in our practice for acne scars, skin rejuvenation, hair loss, dark circles in the undereye, but what is it? And why is it so popular?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, and it’s a concentration of wound healing growth factors that are naturally found in the blood. This substance stimulates collagen and blood supply and contains several factors that, in the concentrated form, are shown to have anti-ageing properties.
The vampire facial was made famous by Kim Kardashian, I’m sure many of us have seen her picture right after the treatment!
PRP can be part of an overall strategy to help you look your best and treat facial ageing, skin texture and discolouration.
It’s a very easy and safe procedure as you come into the clinic. After drawing your blood, we will centrifuge it for 10 minutes to separate the red cells, the pro-inflammatory white cells.
After the procedure, we will obtain a layer of platelet-rich plasma that contains several growth factors.
PRP is often used for the face, and it’s also referred to as “Vampire facial” or “blood facial”.
Applying creams and sunscreen is often not enough and a vampire facial will give you that boost which cannot be achieved with topical treatments.
The areas most commonly injected in the face include the undereye, to make it look brighter and consequently make you look more rested, the orbital area, so around the mouth, to reduce the appearance of the nasolabial folds and any fine lines around the lips, and in the glabella, to reduce the shadows that often form between the eyebrows that make you look angry all the time.
We noticed great results in our patients, both adult men and women, as the treatment is suitable for both.
PRP can be made more potent by mixing it with other treatments such as mesotherapy, for example.
The procedure is also very quick, as, in about 10-15 minutes, we will inject the face with your body PRP.
The results have been documented and validated in several studies and dermatological literature. It can be seen as a form of regenerative medicine, as when we inject it, we stimulate that healing and regenerative mechanism that is entirely natural and effective.
The combination PRP+ mesotherapy is one of the safest and effective options, it’s not the same treatment as Botox, but it will help soften the lines considerably; in fact, Botox works on muscle movement while PRP and meso works on the surface level of the skin.
As mesotherapy contains hyaluronic acid, it gives the skin a plumping effect, which is immediate, and mixed with the PRP; the whole texture of the skin will be improved and significantly reduce dark circles.
The recovery takes a few hours or less, so you’re able to get back to work the same day.
We get loads of questions of the time, and many people may be nervous before having this procedure done, but we’re here to clarify everything about this treatment! We know it can be daunting as there is a needle involved, but we guarantee that is virtually painless and we use all that’s available to make you as much comfortable as possible.
Loads of models and Instagram influencers have made this treatment their holy grail for a better looking skin, outside of the realms of filters and Photoshop.
PRP vampire facial is a very safe procedure, and it’s well-tolerated.
You may have some discomfort, but it’s significantly reduced by the numbing cream that will be applied prior.
You may experience some flakiness due to the natural skin cells turnover, and it’s crucial not to pick at it!
Due to the injections, mild bruising can appear where the skin is very thin, like around the eyes.
Redness and itchiness could also be experienced.
• Insulin-Like Growth Factor (IGF) — a regulator of normal physiology in nearly every type of cell in the body
• Transforming Growth-Factor-Beta (TGF-b) — promotes the growth of matrix between cells, bone metabolism
• Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF) — promotes blood vessel growth, cell replication, skin formation
• Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) — promotes cell growth and differentiation, blood vessel formation, collagen formation
• Fibroblast Growth Factor-2 (FGF-2) — promotes the growth of specialised cells and blood vessel formation
• Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) — promotes the formation of blood vessels