What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is famously known as the PRP / Vampire Facial. It is an advanced anti-ageing and healing treatment. Your own blood is used as natural filler and skin booster solution which induces synthesis of collagen.
This stimulation aids the overall firming and toning of the skin, resulting in a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. Platelet Rich Plasma is not only rich in platelet cells but also numerous growth factors that play a role in tissue growth, healing and regeneration. These specific growth factors include: transforming growth factors beta (TGFB), Platelet-derived growth factors (PDGF), Insulin-like growth factors (IGF), Vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGF), Epithelial growth factors (EGF), and Fibroblast growth factors-2 (FGF-2).
This non-surgical treatment utilises your own body’s healing abilities to stimulate skin and follicle recovery. It is a natural treatment that uses the platelets from your own blood. These activated platelets secrete and release at least 7 different growth factors which enhance the natural healing process of the skin and hair follicles.
Indications for Platelet Rich Plasma
PRP therapy has been clinically proven to be beneficial for a wide range of issues including:
• Signs of skin ageing such as crow’s feet, frown lines, loose skin
• Hair loss
• Sports injuries
During a PRP Therapy treatment, a small amount of blood is drawn from you into a sterile tube in the exact same manner as a standard blood test. The tube containing your blood is placed into a centrifuge and spun to separate the plasma and platelets from the other blood components.
After a few minutes, the PRP layer is removed from the same tube and re-introduced into the body at the site to be treated. Using a small sterile needle, your practitioner will inject the PRP in and around the desired site. Topical anaesthetic cream may be used if required.
After the Treatment
Immediately after the treatment there may be minimal swelling and redness for 12-24 hours.
The production of collagen induced by the PRP will brighten, rejuvenate and rehydrate the skin even after the first treatment. A course of 3-4 treatments are recommended to see the full effects of this pioneering technique. Improvement of skin texture and tone is noticeable within three weeks. Full collagen regeneration takes up to three months. Reduction in hair loss is noticeable within 8 weeks. Complete hair regrowth is seen 3-6 months after the last treatment. The results last up to 24 months in most clients. Top-up treatments every 3-6 months will maintain the results.