PRP (VAMPIRE FACIAL) Treatment

WHAT IS PRP (VAMPIRE FACIAL)?

The “Vampire Facial” is a procedure that involves withdrawing a patient’s blood, processing it to isolate the platelet-rich plasma (PRP), then re-injecting it to erase wrinkles and create a more youthful look.

PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma, is nothing but autologous blood with concentrations of platelets above baseline levels, that contain at least seven growth factors.

Although blood is mainly a liquid (called plasma), it also contains small solid components (red cells, white cells, and platelets). The platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries.

MORE ABOUT PRP

PRP is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood. The concentration of platelets and, thereby, the concentration of growth factors can be 5 to 10 times greater (or richer) than usual.

Normal blood contains only 6% platelets however, in PRP, there is a concentration of 94% platelets, which translates to a powerful growth factor “cocktail” with a variety of growth factors and cytokines. This stimulates cellular tissue regeneration to dramatically accelerate healing.

PRP FOR FINE LINES AND WRINKLES

Platelet Rich Plasma is a very natural way to treat lines and wrinkles, increase volume to the face and rejuvenate the skin by purely using the body’s own serum.

The PRP is harvested from your own blood and is collected in exactly the same way that blood is taken for a standard blood test.

The blood is spun in a centrifuge, which separates out the cells, serum and platelets. The separated platelets (which hold all of the natural growth factors that stimulate inactive cells to promote collagen and tissue growth) are then injected into the face or area of the body that requires stimulation and rejuvenation.

PRP FOR DARK CIRCLES UNDER EYES

Many patients ask us how they can get rid of dark circles under the eye area and PRP is one of only a few aesthetic treatments that can be used to treat this delicate area.

Dark circles are the result of light reflecting off the blood vessels that sit just below the surface of the skin. As we age, the skin becomes thinner and the dark circles become more prominent.

Just as exciting is the fact that Platelet Rich Plasma can also be used tostimulate dormant hair follicles by encouraging them to start growing again.

Frequently asked questions

PRP (vampire facial) micro needling can be used to treat face and body and provides an effective way to reduce the visibility of lines, wrinkles, acne scars, stretch marks, and sun damage. It is a well-known, hugely popular treatment that gives outstanding results within four to six weeks. Better still, your skin will continue to improve over the months that follow!
To begin with, your practitioner draw your blood in exactly the same way as you would have a blood test, then will use a topical anaesthetic cream to numb your skin before treatment commences. Your blood is then spun in a centrifuge to separate plasma and platelets. Once the anaesthetic has taken effect, the Derma Pen will be moved over your skin, puncturing it with thousands of tiny micro-needles. Your bodies own plasma is then worked into your skin to provide all the growth and healing factors deep into your dermis, By causing mild damage to your skin in this way and adding blood platlets we trigger a healing process that rejuvenates the skin, encourages collagen production, and reduces the appearance of lines, wrinkles and imperfections.
You can carry on with your day as normalAvoid extreme temperatures (hot water, saunas, etc.) and unnecessary contact with the treated area for 48 hours after treatment. High factor SPF is essential post procedure and your practitioner may also recommend an optional soothing cream for your skin post-treatment.
Noticeably rejuvenated fresher skin giving a more balanced and even complexion. Superficial wrinkles and scars will also be less visible. Dark under eye circles can be improved and can even help with hair regrowth (Brows and hairline).
Results will vary from person to person but you will continue to see improvements with skin tone and quality for 6 -12 months, it is advisable to have repeat treatments to continue improvement.
Most side effects are short-lived and mild, the most common being slight redness to the treated area (like sunburn) this will quickly subside within 24/48 hours.
Keloid
If you skin needle a keloid you will activate more collagen formation hence the keloid will grow further which is the last thing a person with a keloid wants to see happen. Remember one of the most important things skin needling does, it stimulates collagen production so this is potentially a disaster for keloid prone individuals! A keloid is a thick overgrown scar resulting from excessive growth of collagen that can occur after injury and is more prevalent in people of African descent.

Haemophiliacs and Other Blood Disorders
If you suffer from any condition where your body does not have the ability to produce adequate platelets to stop bruising and bleeding then this procedure is not for you.

Skin Disease
Suffering from any type of skin disease would most likely be a contraindication to Skin Needling.

Poor Health
Anyone that is under medical care for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, suffers from a compromised immune system and is generally considered to be a poor healer, is most likely not a candidate for Skin Needling.

Anticoagulants
If you are taking anti-coagulants you can bruise and bleed easily so best to wait until you are medically advised your blood platelets have returned to normal levels. Common scenarios where anticoagulants are used are in cases of deep vein thrombosis either after long plane trips or surgery especially surgery to the lower leg, usually prescribed as a precautionary measure.

Active Acne
Once the acne is no longer active you are good to go. Skin needling active acne is never advised.

Active Cold Sores (Herpes Labialis)
Need to wait until this is fully recovered otherwise the fluid in the cold sore (that contains thousands of active Herpes Simplex viruses) will have an effective vehicle to spread easily and readily to unaffected skin regions spreading the contamination effectively! Skin therapists can work around these lesions, but we recommend that you wait so all the skin can be worked on in the one session and there is no risk of spread whatsoever.

Active Shingles or Chicken Pox (Varicella-Zoster Virus)
Is a highly contagious virus hence the same applies as above. Shingles is essentially the reactivation of chickenpox virus usually seen in elderly or immune-compromised individuals.

Just had Invasive Skin Laser Treatment
Need to wait until the skin fully recovers before any further procedures are undertaken.

Just had Dermal Fillers
With dermal fillers you can undertake skin needling 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after the dermal fillers are inserted.

Just had Facial Surgery
Need to wait until the skin fully recovers before any further procedures are undertaken. Usually, 6 months is a safe estimate and clearance from your surgeon.

New Scars
Need to wait until the skin fully recovers before any further procedures are undertaken. Usually, 6 months is a safe estimate.

Corticosteroids
If you are currently prescribed corticosteroids best to avoid skin needling as these drugs have a skin thinning effect. The longer you are on this medication the bigger the effect on the skin. The skin would need to be examined on a case by case basis and clearance from your doctor is also advised.