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Made popular by Kim Kardashian, and sometimes referred to as a "Vampire Facelift™", Platelet Rich Plasma Facial Rejuvenation is a medical facial that can be personalised to many ageing concerns for all age groups.
Whether you are concerned with:
The Autologous-PRP obtained in this way can be used in a pure format or activated by adding calcium gluconate or autologous thrombin serum (ATS) before being injected through superficial and deep transdermal injections.
Inside your skin, platelets contained in A-PRP release growth factors at a slightly increased concentration compared with normal blood. This stimulates deep cell processes, resulting in increased cell activity, producing components, such as collagen and elastin fibers, which are responsible for the elastic properties of the skin.
Expected benefits are an increase of skin elasticity with smoothing of fine wrinkles and a skin tint improvement. PRP treatments also allow the filling of deeper wrinkles and folds.
Results appear within weeks of the first injection, but in order to get the best results, in terms of quality and durability, your medical practitioner will suggest to you a course (typically three) of PRP treatments.
The number and interval between sessions will depend on a personalised analysis of your skin, the treated areas, your lifestyle and habits. Moreover, the process relies on the use of your own (autologous) cells and regeneration abilities, so a natural variation of results exists among individuals.
Since A-PRP consists only of your own cells and plasma, very few side effects are expected. A-PRP has been notably used in several clinical studies on the healing of surgical and chronic wounds without any manifestation of severe side effects.
Platelet Rich Plasma - BCT - Treatment
Suitable for ages 18-30
Course of 3
Platelet Rich Plasma - ATS - Treatment
Suitable for ages 30-40
SingleCourse of 3
Platelet Rich Plasma - Cellular Matrix - Treatment
Suitable for ages 40+
Course of 2
If there is any swelling and redness it will settle in one or two days, however, it takes a little longer for bruises to get absorbed. Patients can use moisturiser to keep the skin hydrated.
Research studies show that PRP can be effective in the treatment of chronic tendon injuries such as Tennis Elbow or Achilles tendonitis. However, it is early days with this research so it’s not clear yet whether PRP therapy is actually more effective than other treatments for these conditions.
PRP therapy has also been used to treat acute sports injuries, such as ligament and muscle injuries, like pulled hamstrings in the thigh and knee sprains. Although it can be used to treat these injuries, currently there is no conclusive scientific evidence that PRP actually improves the healing process of injuries like these.
Just 4-8 ml of blood is taken during the procedure, which is a similar amount to a typical blood test.
After the initial course of treatment, the effects of a PRP facial can last around 12 months but this will depend on how your skin reacts to the procedure. At Pall Mall Medical, we will discuss a treatment plan tailored to you, taking into account your lifestyle, your skin and your skin routine to determine the best course of treatment.
Topical anaesthetic (anaesthetic in the form of a cream) is applied to the whole face to numb the area so you shouldn’t feel any pain during the procedure. The health professional giving you the facial will check your comfort at regular intervals so in the unlikely event of the procedure causing discomfort, just let them know.
As PRP uses your own plasma, negative reactions are much less likely than when using synthetic substances. Whilst side effects are very rare, in some cases you may experience bruising or swelling to sensitive areas, such as around the eyes, but this is more likely to be caused by the needles rather than the plasma.
The plasma is applied to the entire face using tiny needles but if there are certain areas which need extra attention, such as wrinkles around the eyes or mouth, then we can inject plasma deeper into the skin to further boost these areas.
PRP facials rejuvenate the skin and help reduce common problems such as fine lines and wrinkles. Other examples of where PRP facials can be effective are when it’s used to minimise pigmentation of the skin and scarring from acne.
Plasma makes up 55% of our blood and contains antibodies and proteins our body uses to naturally heal wounds in our skin when we are injured. Plasma contains substances called growth factors which stimulate cellular growth to aid the healing process. As these growth factors occur naturally in the blood, when they are injected back into the skin they stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin which is what makes skin look fuller and more youthful.