Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is commonly referred to as “PRP’ or ‘ Vampire Facial’. PRP has been studied since the 1970’s to enhance healing in the
treatment of wounds and for skin rejuvenation. This is a much more natural ‘go to’ procedure than Anti-wrinkle injections and Dermal Fillers as it utilities a person’s own healing ability to rejuvenate the skin. As we age we tend to lose volume, elasticity and firmness in our skin, particularly in the face. PRP therapy is a way of reintroducing vital growth factors back into your skin. A PRP facial involves injecting nutrients and growth factors obtained from a sample of your own blood back into your skin, promoting collagen production eventually improving your complexion, skin tone and texture.
Ideally women or men from the age of 30-55 benefit from this treatment for skin rejuvenation. However younger age groups may also consider having PRP
therapy for acne scaring and to achieve an improvement in their complexion.
Overall, PRP is a very safe treatment option with no risk of allergic reaction because your own blood products are used in the process. A small amount of
blood is drawn from you, just like having a routine blood test. A concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) sample is then produced by a simple process and
used in the treatment process. A numbing cream is applied over the treatment area 30 minutes before the injections are carried out. Most people will experience some mild to moderate swelling in the area of treatment. One may experience temporary discomfort, redness, heat or swelling which are all common side effects due to activation of your platelets. Some bruising is also inevitable and this may take a few days or weeks to disappear.
This process is aimed at rejuvenating the skin around the face, neck and décolletage reducing the appearance of fine lines and ageing. With a series of treatments, collagen production is stimulated, leading to smoother, softer and firmer skin. It is suggested that you have a minimum of 3 treatments 4-6 weeks
apart to get the maximum benefit from this process and then once every 12 months for maintenance. The benefit to PRP therapy is that unlike other treatments it is considered to be a “stop the clock’, permanent fix. If you decide to supplement PRP treatment with fillers, to treat volume loss in the face, this can also be addressed at your visit.
Pregnant women, those who are breast-feeding or trying to conceive are not suitable candidates for this treatment. Its is also not recommended for people
who are on blood thinners or who suffer with autoimmune conditions. It is important that you cease any anti-inflammatories a week before and a week after having the procedure as they interfere with platelet function.
The cost will depend on the area of skin is treated and the volume of PRP needs to be prepared and varies from $350-$600 per treatment session.