Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy / PRP Mesotheray / Vampire Facial
Platelet rich plasma (RPR) is the cell free plasma containing a higher than normal concentration of human platelets per volume. Treatments with PRP has become an increasingly popular clinical tool used for soft tissue augmentation as well as bone regeneration. This includes
- Facial Rejuvenation therapy for wrinkles and solar damaged skin.
- Surgery free repair of sports injuries
- Wound healing.
PRP Treatment Options: it can be used for any of the following conditions.
- Sun damaged skin.
- Textural damage with dull dry skin.
- Fine lines and wrinkles.
- Thinning hair.
- Dehydrated skin.
- Reduction of down time after invasive aesthetic treatments.
- To optimise the skin’s radiance.
Areas that can be treated:
Step 1: The blood collection. Your own (autologous) blood is used, it is collected by the doctor from your vein into 2 blood tubes, just like when you take blood for tests at the doctor. The site of the venesection is usually a large vein in your elbow and up to about 20mls of blood is collected.
Step 2: Centrifuge: The blood will then be spun down in a centrifuge to separate the components. This procedure takes about 20 minutes. The platelet rich plasma is then harvested and activated using the CelluVance Kit. Using your own blood ensures no risk of contamination or risk of transmittable diseases. The complication of an allergic reaction is eliminated due to the fact that we use your won blood.
Step 3: Injection: The activated platelets are then injected into the different layers of the skin using the different injection techniques of Mesotherapy namely Superficial injections into the epidermis ( 1mm depth) , superficial intra-dermal injections ( 2mm depth) and deep intra-dermal. ( 4-10mm). It can also be introduced with a derma-roller / mesoneedling device or the DermaPen.
How PRP works:
Once the platelets are harvested from your own blood, the concentrated platelets in the PRP are activated, it then mimics the normal wound healing cascade and accelerates recovery time by releasing a variety of cytokines ( healing cells) and growth factors. The result is that it stimulates the formation of extracellular matrix proteins such as collagen. Once the platelets are injected it starts to stimulate the production of your own elastin and collagen. It promotes wound healing and cellular repair by attracting growth cells which are responsible for its great anti-ageing benefits. This means that your results will continue to improve with each passing month. It works well in difficult to treat areas.
How many treatments?
The ideal treatment cycle includes 3 – 4 treatments separated by 3 -4 weeks, once you start the treatments you should see continued improvement of the results for up to 6 months. After that we recommend maintenance treatments at least every 3 -4 months if you are serious about skin rejuvenation.
Why is it called the Vampire Facial?
The vampire facial came about from the fact that we use your own blood for the treatments, however it has been highlighted by the world-wide press as the Vampire Facial due to the fact that they make it seem so aggressive. The treatments are really not as painful and aggressive as they have been portrayed in the media, and certainly comfortable for most of our patients. By using your own blood and tissue there is much less chance of infection and the spinning process removes the impurities. We effectively harness the natural healing powers of your own body.
Post Care Instructions:
The patients can expect some redness, which will resolve in about 48 hours, the down time can be a little longer, but the long term benefits make the additional downtime worth it for most patients. the patient can continue with normal skin care regime after 48 hours. The remaining clear blood extract is used to sterilise the treated area and no special post care cream is required. Bruising is common if delicate and sensitive areas and skin are treated, but this will resolve in 7 – 10 days, we always strive to work carefully and gently, but sometimes bruising appears no matter how gentle the injections technique is. Scabs from wound healing should not be picked or removed, as it can result in pigmentation or scarring. If patient experience any other side effect that worry them they should contact the doctor at Nu Youth immediately. A full list of common side effects and a comprehensive explanation of the procedure will be discussed with you at the time of consolation with the doctor, with an informed consent form that the doctor will go through with you.
PRP can treat many indications, but there may be alternative treatments specific to your needs that you need to discuss with the doctor. The best aesthetic results are always achieved using a combination of treatments, which can also be discussed at the time of consultation with the doctor. Some alternative treatments include:
It is advised that you do not undergo PRP therapy should you be affected by any of these medical conditions:
- Cancer or metastatic disease
- An open wound with infection
- A low platelet count
- Auto-immune disease.
- Poor wound healing or Keloidosis.
- Patients on anti-coagulants.
- Active skin cancer.