From Count Dracula to Kim Kardashian, the youth-restoring properties of blood are now being harvested and applied to create a unique new treatment known as PRP (or sometimes called the Vampire treatment).
Medically known as PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma, this Dracula inspired treatment had its origins in Sports Medicine for the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. By accelerating the repair of soft tissue injuries (such as ligaments and tendons) with one’s own stem cells and growth factors, the duration and severity of injuries can become significantly reduced. With decades of success experienced by elite athletes, it wasn’t long until the cosmetic benefits of PRP were understood, providing a solution for aged, devitalised and environmentally-ravaged conditions.
PRP uses the patient’s own blood to extract, harvest and stimulate youthful skin function and processes. Primarily known for their ability to clot or stem blood flow, platelets which are found in blood plasma, release growth factors to initiate skin repair and the production of new tissue. The platelets are extracted by separating plasma (a yellow liquid that makes up 55% of blood composition) from red blood by using a centrifuge or spinning technique. Unlike synthetic fillers or implants, as the patient’s own platelets are being used, there is no risk to patient safety or possibility of allergic reaction. Specific growth factors that are extracted can:
- Stimulate tissue repair
- Accelerate collagen production
- Rejuvenate tired function
- Strengthen tissue integrity
- Increase defence, repair and immunity
- Increase intercellular communication
This provides the perfect procedure to treat the signs of:
- Premature ageing
- Sun damage
- Deep wrinkles
Unlike many surgical procedures which can leave the skin looking unnaturally stretched or pulled, the effects of PRP are achieved over the 2-3 months, providing natural rejuvenation, an increase in skin quality and long lasting results for up to 24 months. For further results, PRP may be combined with hyaluronic acid fillers to target deep lines on the face and neck. The contours are visibly lifted and firmer.
No fangs are required for this treatment and no, one cannot turn into a real vampire. The procedure itself is relatively fast and reasonably comfortable with minimal downtime. Like a blood test and a dermal filler treatment in one, PRP provides great treatment versatility and may be used to treat the entire face, eye area, neck and chest. Certain Hollywood starlets have also been known to use PRP to rejuvenate the ears, hands and feet. PRP can also be used to treat hair loss on the head, but other areas including thinning brows. For an all-over infusion that can treat large surface areas, PRP may be infused with skin needling to effortlessly treat the face, neck and chest – even in the one session. This can increase the uptake of growth factors tenfold and provide faster results to treat ageing, scars and stretch marks.
With no patch or allergy testing required, PRP is the latest way to rejuvenate and regenerate the skin for long term smoothness, clarity and radiance. Whilst fillers restore volume and surgery tightens sagging contours, PRP restores skin texture, clarity and integrity for increased radiance, accelerated repair and boosted environmental defence. Whether used by itself or in combination with skin needling – it is quite simply ‘bloody brilliant’.
By: Andrew R. Christie
Beauty & Skin Industry Specialist