FAQ – Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

What is a Vampire Facelift or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been used in many medical procedures over the years, and its safety is well established. Examples include wound healing, during joint surgery, etc.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy involves injection of the patient’s own platelets and fibrin for the cosmetic treatment of wrinkles or scars in the face, hands, and neck. Known to some as the “vampire facelift” (a term trademarked by Alabama cosmetic surgeon Charles Runels), it is less invasive than plastic surgery, takes about 20 minutes for each treatment, and offers improvements for up to 18 months.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy: Skin rejuvenation using your own cells.

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) obtained from your blood contains platelets which work in the body to clog up cuts and tears. Platelets also have growth factors on the surface which stimulate collagen production when injected into the skin.

PRP has been used for facial rejuvenation since 2006 in the UK, Europe, Japan, and Australia.

Which facial and body areas can be treated?

• Crinkling skin around the eyes

• Cheeks and mid face

• Neck

• Jawline

• Chest and décollétage

• Back of hands and arms

• Other body areas

How long does the treatment take?

45-60 minutes for two tubes.

How many treatments are advised?

For the best result, we recommend up to three treatments, 4-6 weeks apart, with top ups at 6-24 months.

What results can I expect from PRP treatments?

Improvement of skin texture and tone are noticeable within three weeks. Full collagen regeneration takes three months.

Can any skin type or colour have PRP treatment?

Yes, PRP treatments can be used on all skin types and colours.

What happens during a facial rejuvenation treatment with PRP?

Dr De Souza will assess the degree of skin aging, perform a simple skin analysis, and recommend a sensible treatment with reasonable outcome. Pre-treatment photographs are taken.

Your skin is cleansed and prepared. Local anesthetic cream is applied.  Blood is taken from your arm and placed in a test tube which is then centrifuged.

The Platelet Rich Plasma is then prepared and activated. It is then initially injected into any obvious lines or wrinkles. The remainder of the plasma is then injected all over the rest of the skin area to be treated.

PRP facial rejuvenation can be a one-off treatment, but further micro-injections can be re-performed at 4-6 weekly intervals for lines and wrinkles if the client desires this. It can also be used as part of a treatment programme, e.g. Fractional C02 Laser treatment

What are the possible side effects of PRP facial rejuvenation?

Minimal: Expect minimal swelling, bruising and redness for 12-24 hours. A bruise at the needle site may be visible for 2-3 days.

Expectations of PRP?

Results are visible at three weeks and improve gradually over ensuing months with improvement in texture and tone.

Skin care and light therapies can enhance the results.

Advanced wrinkling cannot be reversed and a minimal improvement is predictable in persons with a heavy drug, alcohol and tobacco usage. Severe scarring may not respond. Further plasma treatment is also popular and safe.

Are results immediate?

No. Swelling from the fluid is what you will see and feel first. Once the swelling has subsided you will not see much change at all. Over a few weeks the platelets will stimulate the growth factors which will assist in more collagen growth.

How many PRP treatments are required?

This will depend upon the health and age of your skin. Normally it is advised to have 2-3 treatments, 4-6 weeks apart. However, your clinician will determine your treatment protocol according to your skin condition.

How long do results last?

Treatment results vary, however, in most patients the results last up to 18 months. Touch-up treatments will maintain the results.

Is PRP treatment safe?

Yes, because we are using your own blood.

Who should NOT have PRP treatment?

• Heavy smokers, drug and alcohol users
 • Platelet Dysfunction Syndrome 
• Critical Thrombocytopenia
 • Hypofibrinogenaemia
 • Haemodynamic Instability
 • Sepsis
 • Acute and Chronic Infections
 • Chronic Liver Pathology
• Anti Coagulation Therapy
 • Person with Skin Disease or Cancer
 • Severe Metabolic and Systemic Disorders.

For further information or to arrange a consultation, call Dr Joney De Souza Aesthetic Clinic on 020 7043 0748

 or email  info@drjoneydesouza.com.

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