At Hereford’s Premier Aesthetic Clinic
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 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 and rejuvenating the skin.
We answer many FAQ’s below but please call us on 01432 870717 if we can help further.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Platelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP) Therapy?
PRP has become increasingly popular in recent months, after several high-profile celebrities have talked publicly about the benefits they have had from the treatment. Skin that looks grey, saggy and tired can be incredibly ageing. PRP Therapy is a revolutionary treatment where your blood is injected back into your face and body to repair it and restore it back to its former glory. It’s fantastic because you can target exactly where you want the skin to be rejuvenated.
What are Platelets?
Platelets are a crucial part of the body’s ability to stop bleeding and to repair damaged blood vessels and cells in the body. A good way to think of them is as ‘little powerhouses’ which release proteins (called growth factors) when they become activated by contact with the body’s tissue. This activation promotes tissue repair and collagen production.
What happens during the procedure?
Initially you will have a consultation to determine the indications you have for treatment, your background medical history and also to explain the treatment fully to you. Before the procedure, a 15ml blood sample is taken and spun in a centrifuge to separate the portions of plasma and platelets. Under a topical local anaesthesia, the PRP portions of your blood are injected back into the skin. The treatment takes around 30 minutes.
Are Platelet Rich Plasma Injections safe?
Yes, the treatment is non-surgical and uses blood obtained from the patient, meaning there is minimal risk of infection, reaction or rejection by the body.
Are there any side effects?
There are very few risks associated with PRP because the clinician will be using your own blood to do the procedure. However, occasionally some mild side effects can occur, including: – Mild irritation – Swelling – Bruising – Itching – Discolouration.
How long do results last for?
They are long-lived but not permanent. We advise people to have a maintenance treatment once a year after their initial course.
Do I need anything to prepare before PRP Treatment?
Ideally come to your appointment without make-up on, but otherwise there are no specific preparation instructions.
Where can the treatments be used?
PRP treatment can be used to restore a variety of areas. It is commonly used on the face around the eye, mouth and nose area, and it can be used to restore areas of scarring.
Who is the treatment suitable for?
PRP is ideal for people who want to improve the texture of their skin, add volume to their skin and reduce fine lines without undergoing plastic surgery. It is also ideal for anyone who has suffered tissue damage, or have an open wound, or injury. People who are suffering from skin diseases such as SLE, allergies, porphyria, cancer, severe metabolic and systemic disorders, abnormal platelet function, critical thomobocytopemia, haemodynamic instability, anti-coagulation therapy and underlying sepsis cannot undergo Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy.
How much does it cost?
Price on Consultation.