Platelet Rich Plasma, or the Vampire Facelift as it is often referred to,utilises growth factors contained in the platelets in your blood, they are then used to stimulate new cell growth and collagen production. The versatility of this treatment means it is suitable for all skin types.
How Does It Work?
A blood sample is taken and then spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelet rich layer from the red blood cells. Platelets are the cells that circulate in your blood and respond to injuries. At the site of injury, they break apart and release a host of growth factors and chemical signals. These chemicals stop bleeding as well as attract new cells to begin to repair the injury.
PRP has been used for many years in Orthopedics and athletes to treat injuries and assist with healing.
The cells that make the collagen in your skin are called fibroblasts. There are also untold numbers of stem cells, cells that can become any type of cell, dormant throughout your body. So we use the PRP growth factors to stimulate the fibroblasts, awaken stem cells and attract new cells to the area. The result should be rejuvenation and rebuilding of your skin. This is all done using your own growth factors, no risk of allergy or infection.
Platelet Rich Plasma can be used as a standalone treatment or alongside other cosmetic treatments. The type of treatment depends on both the skin type and desired result.
Vampire Lift with Fillers
We combine the use of a dermal filler like Restylane Hyaluronic Acid with PRP. The filler restores volume and when expertly injected, can provide a lifting effect. The PRP enhances the effect of the filler by stimulating collagen production and new skin formation. The PRP may extend the duration and effect of the filler by months.
PRP Therapy Used as Stand-Alone Skin Rejuvenation
Younger patients do not necessarily need dermal fillers and volume restoration. In these cases we can use the PRP alone to stimulate collagen formation and awaken stem cells. This procedure takes around 20-30 minutes
Areas ideal for standalone PRP therapy include
- Full Face (when no filler needed)
- Eye Wrinkles-Crow’s Feet
- Acne Scars (along with other scar treatments)
- Décolletage (chest and neck)
PRP Therapy Used as Laser Resurfacing Enhancement
Fractional laser treatments (like SmartXide) are known for their ability to resurface skin. After resurfacing, we have a unique opportunity to use PRP. The fractional nature of the treatment leaves hundreds of perforations in the skin. So when the PRP is applied to lasered skin’s surface it can be absorbed in the skin without any injections. The SmartXide is designed to stimulate collagen production and the PRP is used to enhance the effect as well as speed healing
Why Choose PRP?
- The treatment uses your own platelets meaning there is no risk of infection or allergy.
- The growth factors from PRP stimulate the production of natural collagen.
- It can be done with or without dermal fillers depending on the effect you desire.
- The only side effects can include some bruising and swelling that resolves quickly.
- Vampire Facelift PRP can be used to enhance laser resurfacing and assist with healing, something which was an issue for many patients in the past.
- PRP stimulation works at any age and for both men and women.