Vampire Facial (PRP)
There has been a lot of discussion about Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) on social media & many other social platforms. It was re-named Vampire facial by one of the well-renowned Hollywood star Kim Kardashian, from a viral picture posted on Instagram.
What is it exactly? A specimen of blood is secured from the patient. The sample of blood is then put into a machine where the blood plasma is separated from the rest of the blood.
This is enhanced with platelets, growth factors, and stem cells. This precious resource is injected back into a patient’s skin resulting in a rejuvenated natural appearance.
PRP comprises several different growth determinants & other cytokines that can encourage the healing of soft tissue. Platelet-rich plasma therapy has been practised for years in many areas of medicine, as well as orthopaedics, dermatology, & dentistry. It is indicated for wound healing, alopecia (hair loss), & face rejuvenation. It can have several benefits including
- PRP is one of the cutting edge procedures for skin rejuvenation.
- Clinical indications for PRP are Volumetric regeneration
- Filling effect and tissue augmentation
- Cosmetic rejuvenation
- Softening of depressions, wrinkles, lines and acne scarring
- Enhanced wound healing
- Post-surgery, burns, ulcerations(chronic diabetic or venous ulceration hair loss)
Areas that are suitable for treatment are
- Thinning Hair
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne scars
- Ageing skin
- Sagging skin
- Eye area
- Neck region
Patients who have taken PRP therapy report their skin feels somewhat tighter more “plump”, & brighter. At your complimentary consultation, our Dermatology Specialist will explain a treatment plan to you. Usually, 2 treatments are recommended 4 weeks apart.
What is the down time?
Most of our patients return to work and everyday activities the next day.
Is it painful?
Before treatment starts a topical anaesthetic (numbing cream) is used to ensure the therapy is as comfortable as possible.
How long until the results can be seen?
Immediately after the treatment, you may notice your skin appears plumper, this will reduce over a couple of days. The plasma treatment will gradually improve the appearance of your skin over 6 – 12 weeks. Our Dermatology Specialist may suggest you have a course of treatments with results normally lasting over 12 months.