Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, as seen on The Kardashians, uses the body's own natural healing powers to slow and even reverse the ageing process.
Platelets harvested from the patients own blood are injected into problem skin areas, placing growth factors in the exact location where we want the skin to repair and rejuvenate itself. The growth factors released by these platelets cause the surrounding cells to proliferate, rejuvenating the skin by stimulating repair and increasing volume.
PRP therapy is also known as the Vampire Facelift because it involves injecting platelets from the patient's own blood into problem skin areas. A small amount of blood is taken from the patient and put into a centrifuge, to separate the red blood cells from the platelet-rich plasma.
The platelet plasma, which is known for being highly effective in treating burns and skin injuries, is then injected into the chosen area, where it plumps up the skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
Growth factors released by the platelets stimulate fibroblast cells to create collagen, which helps gives the skin a youthful, radiant appearance and stimulate pre-adipocyte cells to convert to fat cells, which help to fill out lines and wrinkles, to contour the face.
Two weeks prior to treatment you must stop taking any blood thinner medication such as Ibuprofen.
Once we have discussed your treatment and you have signed the consent forms, we take photographs to enable a "before and after" comparison. We draw ~20ml of blood, in a similar way to a blood test at the doctors and your blood is spun in a centrifuge to separate the red cells from the plasma.
We advise no makeup to be worn on date of treatment. We cleanse the skin thoroughly before applying antiseptic and a topical local anaesthetic to the injection sites. The PRP is injected into the skin using a very fine needle. Multiple injections are given in multiple sites to give an overall improvement to the area. We may use an ice pack to reduce any swelling.
The entire process is completed in approximately 60 minutes.
Immediately after the treatment, most people experience some minor bruising, swelling and redness at the injection sites. This reduces significantly within 48 hours. During this time we may recommend using Paracetamol and/or cold compresses to treat any pain/swelling.
The results of the PRP therapy may take a few weeks to become visible, but with two to three top-up treatments, you can expect the results of PRP therapy to last for up to one and a half years.
If you are looking for PRP therapy in Essex, my Chelmsford based clinic is central to Maldon, Witham, Braintree, Great Dunmow, Harlow, Brentwood, Billericay, Basildon and Wickford.