PRP Therapy (aka ‘The Vampire Facelift’)
What exactly is this treatment?
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy has been developed after many years of intensive medical research into the incredible properties of the platelets contained in our own blood. It involves taking blood from a patient and reintroducing their platelets into a carefully targeted treatment area in order to stimulate collagen production in the skin.
Why should I have this treatment?
PRP Therapy is primarily used to help reduce the appearance deep wrinkles and ‘plump out’ the skin of the face, but can also be used on the back of hands, on scars, and even the décolletage to help give the skin a more youthful and radiant appearance.
How do I know if this treatment is safe and right for me?
At Appearance Based Medicine Ltd., Clare McLoughlin RGN INP will only carry out a non-surgical aesthetic procedure following a detailed one-to-one consultation with a patient, enabling her to accurately assess whether a treatment is appropriate given a patient’s unique medical history, skin condition and expectations.
During your consultation, you will be given comprehensive information about PRP Therapy, potential side effects and any pre- and post-treatment advice. You will also be given the time to decide whether or not, given the information you have received, you would like to proceed with the treatment.
As the solution used in PRP Therapy is a patient’s own blood, risk of infection or an adverse reaction to the solution is very low. However, as with all cosmetic treatments, there are potential side effects associated with this procedure: Patients may suffer from short-term redness and bruising at the injection sites, and there are a very small number of medical conditions that that make this an inappropriate treatment option for certain patients.
How does this treatment work?
Platelets contain a high number of ‘growth factors’ – that is, proteins that help to heal injured tissue or damaged skin in the body. When platelets are introduced to areas suffering from tissue damage, the ‘growth factors’ are released, stimulating the surrounding cells to proliferate and prompting the cells to start repairing themselves, increasing in volume and rejuvenating the skin.
What happens during the procedure?
With PRP Treatment, a small amount of your own blood is taken by a fully qualified medical professional and placed into a centrifuge in order to separate the platelet rich plasma from the rest of the blood cells. It is this precious plasma that is then re-injected into the treatment area with a very fine needle, following the application of a topical local anaesthetic. In order to see the best results, multiple injections are given in multiple locations across the face (or treatment area) to ensure a consistent and overall improvement to treated area of skin. Generally, patients start to see results within a few weeks of treatment.
A typical PRP Therapy treatment lasts about an hour and involves little downtime for recovery. The results from the treatment are also fairly long lasting, with results from a series of PRP sessions lasting for up to 18 months.