Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been used for many years in soft tissue healing, but in the last few years its popularity for use in facial rejuvenation has grown exponentially. It has several names in the media often termed the ‘vampire facelift’.
Essentially, it is the injection of the growth factors part of your blood into areas of the faces to stimulate repair and regeneration. A sample of your blood is drawn as in a normal blood test and then centrifuged to separate the growth factor rich plasma, which is then reinjected into specific areas.
A number of publications have identified the range of platelet factors and their functions during the repair phenomena and these publications have focused on cellular migration, collagen synthesis, and structural improvement.
PRP has also been used in orthopaedics, cardiology and rheumatology.
At Rejuvenate Clinics the most common uses of PRP are in skin rejuvenation, dark circles around the eye, and hair growth.
PRP is used to rejuvenate the skin and under eye area using your own blood. A sample of blood is withdrawn, spun in a centrifuge at a precise speed, then injected into the several layers depending on the desired result. The growth factors in your blood have a regenerating and repairing effect on the various tissue levels. The PRP can be injected into one area or the whole face and a series of treatments at regular intervals produce the best results
PRP can be used by all, indeed its use in facial aesthetics and in other medical sub-specialities is well documented. It is well tolerated with little to no downtime.
You are encouraged to book in a thorough consultation with Dr Bharat Patel. He will undergo a full face analysis, followed by a detailed treatment plan which takes into account your goals. The various parts of the face are analysed to determine where PRP will benefit you. Procedures can be undertaken at the same visit as the consultation or on another day. Topical anaesthetic is applied to the skin and left to take effect for approximately 30 min. The regions to be treated are then precisely marked, followed by intra-dermal or sub-dermal injections.
PRP rely on the action of growth factors that have a regenerating effect. Results are variable as each individuals blood and cellular responses are unique. There is however no real risks for PRP as it is the use of your own blood.
PRP can be undertaken from £249 per session. A series of three session two weeks apart are recommended. PRP can be used in conjunction with other treatments to enhance its effect, and this will be discussed with you at your consultation.