The Vampire Facelift is being hailed as one of the most exciting new procedures in the cosmetic world. It works by using the patient’s own blood to rejuvenate the skin. Although the results are not instant, the gradual and natural looking results means that this treatment appeals to many people. Also called Platelet Rich Plasma it works incredibly well both on its own and when used to complement another treatment.
Who Can Have PRP?
There are very few contraindications to PRP treatment. As the patients own blood is used to prepare PRP, the risk of disease transmissions, allergic reactions, toxicity or rejection is avoided. Other contraindications include patients taking Warfarin, those with haemotological disorders, concurrent infections, treatment with Roaccutane, immunosuppression, undergoing chemotherapy, poorly controlled chronic medical conditions, pregnancy and breast feeding.
PRP is proving particularly popular with patients apprehensive of dermal fillers. The concept has been embraced as the patient is undergoing a totally natural procedure; using their own blood to rejuvenate skin without anything foreign being injected.
How Many Treatments Are Required?
Results maybe apparent after just one treatment though most doctors would recommend three treatments over a three month period. At Natura we review our patients at 6 week intervals to determine whether another treatment is required. As PRP relies on the body’s own healing processes and collagenesis, the full effects of PRP are not often seen until three months after treatment. Every patient is different so this is very much dependent on the individual.
Which Areas Can Be Treated?
One of the benefits of PRP treatment is that it can be used almost anywhere. It is particularly popular in the periocular region (surrounding the eye but within the orbit). Many patients have also noted that following PRP treatment in this area the white of the eye appears brighter and some have even reported a lengthening of the eyelashes.
Although PRP may lead to increased volume, it should not be considered a volume enhancer and though it improves skin texture and elasticity, it is not a replacement for traditional volumising techniques- it is a complementary treatment however. PRP is effective is treating perioral (smokers) lines, scars, stretch marks, neck lines and hair loss.