Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a skin rejuvenation technique using a unique substance – your own blood. Made famous by Kim Kardashian and termed the “Vampire Facial”, this treatment involves the injection of your own plasma into the skin of your face, neck, decollete and hands.
How does it work?
PRP is the part of our blood which contains a high concentration of platelets and growth factors. You blood will be drawn by the doctor and is separated into layers by spinning it down in a centrifuge.
The layer with the highest concentration of platelets, is then injected into the skin using the Dermapen and/or or a syringe. It can be injected anywhere on the face, concentrating on problem areas. It is also beneficial to treat the neck and decollete, back of the hands and even the scalp for hair loss.
PRP has growth-stimulating properties which accelerates the repair of aged and damaged tissues. It plays an important role in tissue healing and rejuvenation and has been used for many conditions for over 30 years. It has the ability to stimulate new cell growth within the skin, and also increases the blood flow of the skin.
Is there downtime involved?
This is a minimally-invasive procedure. PRP is injected in a multiple puncture technique with a needle and therefore there may be an element of mild discomfort during the procedure. A topical local anaesthetic cream will be applied beforehand to make the treatment more comfortable.
Redness, swelling and inflammation, as well as mild bruising is a possibility after the treatment. Bruising, should it occur will last approx. 5 days and can be concealed with make-up. Anti-inflammatory medications and topical products should be avoided during this time.
Is it safe?
As the substance injected is derived from your own blood, the risk of allergic reactions and foreign body reactions is eradicated.