PRP, commonly known as the “vampire face lift”, stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma, and refers to normal blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets. These platelets are able to store growth factors that stimulate blood flow, heal skin tissue and boost collagen production.
Where Does PRP Come From?
PRP is produced very simply from the patient’s own blood. A small amount of blood is taken from the arm and stored in a sterile tube. The tube is then placed in a special device that rotates the blood, separating red and white blood cells, platelets and plasma. Following this procedure, the plasma has become PRP, with a higher number of platelets than normal.
PRP treatments are now being increasingly used in cosmetic facial rejuvenation, having been used for many years in orthopedic medicine and reconstructive surgery.
To treat specific facial wrinkles lines or skin folds, hyaluronic acid dermal fillers such as Restylane are normally injected. PRP is also injected, but the aim of the treatment is to tighten the skin; improve tone, texture, and elasticity; and combat the signs of ageing. PRP can also be used to improve volume in areas where dermal fillers should not be used. Since PRP is created from your own body, the chances of negative side effects are remote.
After numbing the skin with a topical anaesthetic, PRP is injected into the skin. The injections themselves are only mildly painful and from start to finish, the procedure normally takes no more than half an hour. After the procedure you are likely to swell, and possibly bruise, for up to four days.
Positive results usually begin to show within 6 -12 weeks after treatment. PRP treatment can be combined with other treatments such as PDO threads, micro-needling and dermal fillers.