What is PRP and how does it work?
PRP therapy involves taking a small amount of the patient’s blood, separating the components present in the blood through a special centrifugation of the blood material, isolating the platelet-rich plasma and injecting it into the affected areas. The name Vampire Facelift is obviously linked to the use of blood in making this skin lift.
When PRP is infiltrated into the skin, platelet growth factors are released. The growth factors intervene towards the surrounding cells by regenerating the skin tissue. PRP particularly stimulates fibroblasts, skin cells responsible for the production of collagen, which is in turn responsible for the young appearance of the skin.
Where can PRP be used?
For aesthetic purposes, the therapy is indicated for the treatment of the face, the back of the hands, the décolleté and in general in areas of the body that have undergone skin deterioration due to aging.
PRP facelift: The Treatment
The collected blood is centrifuged according to a precise procedure in order to separate the various blood components. The blood is then divided into three vertically divided components. At the top, the PPP (platelet-poor plasma) is deposited, in the middle the PRP (platelet-rich plasma) and at the bottom the red blood cells. The PRP is then taken and prepared for immediate use in the affected areas.
The treatment can be performed without anesthesia or with topical anesthesia (anesthetic cream). The choice will depend on the size of the area to be treated and the patient’s pain threshold.
A very fine needle is used to inject the PRP which will have to inject the affected tissue following a checkerboard pattern.
When will I see the results?
PRP treatment is not a filler (like hyaluronic acid) but is instead a stimulator of skin regeneration. So to observe the result you have to wait for the natural but intensely induced regenerative process that occurs gradually in the weeks to come. The result is long-lasting even if it does not permanently reverse the natural aging process.
How long can I go back to normal activities?
In addition to the consistent benefits of therapy with regards to the results obtainable, PRP also has the advantage of having practically no downtime.
Aftercare: What to do after PRP treatment?
There are usually no particular indications for the post-treatment period other than to avoid sun exposure for 48 hours and not to rub the treated area. Creams and cosmetics must not be used for at least 6 hours after the session to avoid risks of infection.
What are the risks of treatment?
The PRP is practically free from significant risks. Some transient side effects are possible such as redness of the treated part, a slight swelling and slight pain due to the injections. Side effects usually last only a few days.
How much does the PRP cost?
PRP treatment can be limited to a small area or affect the whole face, for example. Consequently, the price varies from £300 to £800 per session. The recommended protocol involves a cycle of 3 sessions spaced one month each.