Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment
The Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
The Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, also known as the ‘Vampire Facelift’ or ‘Dracula Therapy’ works on the basis that the body’s own natural healing powers may slow and even reverse the ageing process; it’s a revolutionary new and exciting repair system that places growth factors in the exact location where we want the skin to repair and rejuvenate itself.
The treatment involves harvesting platelets from the patient’s own blood in order to inject them into problem skin areas, starting with the extraction of a minimal amount of the patient’s blood. This is then placed in a centrifuge to spin down the blood which separates the red blood cells from the platelet rich plasma.
Platelets contain a high content of “growth factors” – proteins that help to heal injured tissue or damaged skin. Upon re-injection the platelets release their growth factors which trigger surrounding cells to proliferate, in turn stimulating repair, increasing volume, improving skin tone, and also promotes healthy skin growth and collagen production so skin appears plumper and more vibrant.
And as it’s your own blood that’s regenerating yourself there are absolutely no contraindications, no risks & no allergies.
At Enhanze Aesthetics we use the Regenkit and My Cell system that allows the maximum delivery of growth factors, targeting the site by stimulating platelet activation as soon as it is re-injected into the skin. PRP is one of the safest procedures available today. The small risks that may accompany any kind of cosmetic procedure, don’t apply with PRP; it is completely natural and safe.
PRP can also be combined with other treatments such as INTRAcel, Laser Fractional or Hyaluronic Acid filler to stimulate a natural, beneficial biological effect.
Q& A The Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy can be used to treat numerous cosmetic problems, such as fine lines and wrinkles or creppey skin around the mouth and nose, crow’s feet around the eyes and mild drooping or sagging skin around the eyes or on the cheeks. PRP therapy can also be used to improve the appearance of dehydrated or mildly sagging skin on the backs of the hands, on the tops of the feet, elbows and knees. It can be used all over the body.
In terms of medical treatment, PRP therapy can be used to treat osteoarthritis and ligament and muscle injuries. It has been used widely in medicine for a number of years. Most recently PRP can also be used therapeutically by an IV drip infusion.
Between 10 to 20 minutes before your procedure, your practitioner will draw 10-20ml of blood. The blood will then be spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelet plasma from the red blood cells using one of the branded systems. A topical local anaesthetic will then be applied to the skin of the injection site. The PRP will then be injected into the skin in the desired area using a very fine needle.
An ice pack may then be pressed onto the treated site to reduce any swelling. You will then be free to leave and go about your daily business. The whole procedure usually takes about 30 minutes.
It may take a few weeks for the results of the PRP therapy to become visible, but with two to three top-up treatments, you can expect the results of PRP therapy to last for up to one and a half years.
The number of treatments needed depends on each individual patient, the desired outcome, and your doctor’s treatment plan. As a stand-alone therapy, we recommend ne to three injection sessions spaced from four to six weeks apart for optimal results.
There are few side effects associated with Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy. Immediately after the procedure, you can expect some bruising, swelling and redness at the injection sites. You may also experience some tenderness and pain at the injection sites. However, any side effects should dissipate within a few days following the procedure.
Most patients will be able to go straight back to their normal regime following treatment, but if you experience any tenderness or pain at the treatment site, you should take extra care when washing and caring for your skin in the days following the PRP therapy.
To undergo PRP therapy, you should be in general good health and you should have realistic expectations of the outcome. Most people are suitable candidates for PRP therapy, and it is recommended as a safe treatment for individuals who are unable to undergo more invasive procedures such as a full face lift, due to the risks associated with general anaesthetic (although it will not achieve the same results as a surgical face lift). Individuals with platelet dysfunction syndrome, critical thrombocytopenia, hypofibrinogenaemia, haemodynamic instability, sepsis, acute & chronic infections and chronic liver pathology are not suitable candidates for PRP therapy.