Platelet-Rich Plasma – Injections, Vampire Facials and More

Blood and its healing properties have been commonly used since the Middle Ages. A relatively new injectable treatment, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), is producing amazing results on a variety of age-related skin conditions.

The Process

Bio-stimulation of the cells of the dermis (the layer of skin under the epidermis or outer layer) with the patient’s own bio-active platelet rich plasma (PRP), including leucocytes. The aim of these injections is to stimulate and regenerate aged and damaged skin and to produce a new dermis.

The Discovery

PRP’s aesthetic use was – like many great scientific discoveries – almost an accident, as the treatment was initially developed to treat soft tissue and bone injuries and stimulate healing. Similar to the case of Botox before it, which was developed to treat crossed eyes, excessive blinking, excessive sweating, and other conditions.

New uses

New methods of using PRP with positive results are being discovered at a rapid pace, including combination treatments like the Vampire Facial. These facials use skin needling to create controlled trauma and collagen remodeling, and introduce plasma, which is rapidly absorbed into the skin increasing the healing response and adding the patient’s own growth factors for maximum results.

Cosmetic uses

Some of the many ways PRP can be used include cosmetics, such as the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles, facial rejuvenation, improvement of skin’s tone and texture, and it can be used in a variety of areas including the face, décolletage and backs of hands. Also, a particularly promising area is the treatment to help stimulate regrowth in hair loss in males and females.

How it works:

The beauty of PRP is that your own blood is used, so there is no risk of infection or allergic reaction. When the PRP is injected into the skin, the rate of healing and tissue restructuring is increased. Described simply, the treatment involves extracting a small amount of the patient’s own blood which is then centrifuged and put back in the patient’s desired treatment areas. From the centrifuged blood of the patient, plasma is obtained, with platelets and white cells separated from the red cells by a gel. The plasma is what is injected back into the patient.

The actual process is called autologous cell regeneration.

We recommend a healthy diet and moderate exercise the day before and day of the treatments to ensure your blood is clean, healthy and ready to serve you!