PRP Therapy – Vampire Facial

Description of treatment

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, also known as the Vampire Facelift or Dracula Therapy is ideal for reducing wrinkles and lines, tackling blemishes, improving scarring and promoting an even skin tone and texture. A small amount of blood is taken from the patient in much the same manner as it would be for a blood test. It is put in a centrifuge and spun to separate platelets and plasma from red blood cells. 

When injected into the skin, growth factors are released which stimulate surrounding cells to start the healing cascade. This encourages the production of collagen and other cells to plump and add volume to the skin.

The procedure is particularly beneficial for treating dark circles around the eyes, as the skin is too thin for fillers or botulinum toxin injections to be used.

 

DURATION OF TREATMENT

Approximately 45 minutes, including anaesthetic, preparation and administration time.

DOWNTIME

Redness and swelling may be present for 24-48 hours. The treated area will feel sensitive for a couple of days after the treatment.

NUMBER OF TREATMENTS

This is dependent on the patient, but usually three treatments are given within a six month period. The effect of one PRP treatment can last up to 10 months.

What to expect during the treatment

The skin is prepared using a topical anesthetic cream, which is left on the skin for approximately 30 minutes to make the procedure is more comfortable for the patient. During this time, the patient’s blood is drawn and then placed in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the platelet-rich plasma. Once the skin has been sufficiently sterilized, the plasma is re-injected into the skin.

Fact file

  • As the procedure relies on platelets for optimal function, patients are warned to avoid asprin/disprin and anti-inflammatories for 7 days prior and 7 days post procedure.
  • Avoid taking supplements that thin the blood 5-7 days before treatment as these can increase bruising.
  • Make sure your body is well hydrated before and after treatment by drinking at least 6 glasses of water per day.
  • Avoid touching your face for at least two hour after the treatment, and if you need to do so make sure your hands are sterilized and thoroughly clean.
  • Avoid sunlight, rigorous exercise, saunas, hot baths and excessive amounts of alcohol after the treatments as these can have a negative impact on the overall result.