Sometimes known as a Dracula or Vampire facial, this procedure harvests growth and healing factors from your own blood to promote skin rejuvenation. This therapy is especially beneficial for the face, neck and décollete and can be used in conjunction with other skin rejuvenation therapies. At Hardwick clinic we can create a bespoke combined treatment plan for you.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy involves taking blood and spinning it in a centrifuge to separate, blood cells, platelets and plasma. The fraction containing platelets also contains growth factors and other essential factors for healing. Numerous important proteins are present in PRP: platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), transforming growth factor (TGF), platelet factor interleukin (IL), platelet-derived angiogenesis factor (PDAF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), epidermal growth factor (EGF), insulin-like growth factor IGF and fibronectin. Our methods harvest a very pure and concentrated PRP fraction containing these important growth and healing factors which can then be injected under the skin where they can promote skin rejuvenation.
We extract PRP from a small quantity of your own blood, usually taken from the arm. During the treatment we draw blood and spin it in a centrifuge to separate it into: blood cells, platelets and plasma. The blood cells are excluded and the remaining plasma and platelets are spun again in the centrifuge to produce a very concentrated mix of platelet-rich plasma containing growth and healing factors. The PRP we harvest from your own blood is then injected into the areas required. The top layers of the skin tissues are injected with this PRP to receive the nutrients needed to stimulate repair.
We can treat almost any area of the body including: Face, Neck, Décolleté, areas of cellulis and the scalp (for hair loss treatment).
Post-treatment, redness of the skin usually lasts for 2 hours but can last up to 48 hours. Swelling of the skin is usually not long-lasting but can last for up to 48 hours. Bruising is usually only small superficial bruises.
Because PRP doesn't involve injection of a medication there are few patients who are not suitable for treatment. PRP therapy should not be used by people with the following conditions:
Treatment will vary from individual to individual according to requirements. A course of three treatments, separated by 4-6 weeks is usually required for the best results.Will I notice results immediately ?
Most people will notice results by 3-4 weeks, but improvements in skin quality can be observed up to 6-12 months post-treatmentAre the results permanent ?
To continue to maintain good skin-quality, you require a comprehensive skincare regime and would require further maintenance treatments to reduce future aging, usually 12 months apart.** Results described here are indiciative and may vary from individual to individual.
To learn more about ageing and how it affects our skin, you can read more about ageing here.
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