Platelet Rich Plasma.
The idea behind plasma rich platelets treatment commonly known as vampire facelift is that the body’s natural healing power can reverse the aging process. It works by placing growth factors in the particular location where we require the skin to rejuvenate and repair itself. As such, plasma treatment involves harvesting platelets from an individual’s body and injecting them into skin areas with a problem. Usually, blood is drawn from a patient’s arm and allowed to separate. The red blood cells separate from platelet rich plasma which is rich is growth factors (proteins that heal damaged or injured skin).
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy has been in the scene for some years in neurosurgery, orthopaedics, dentistry, and sports medicine to treat injured muscles and ligaments, skin lesions as well as pain problems. The success of the procedure in medicine led to the development of a cosmetic procedure- Vampire facelift.
What it involves
As earlier mentioned, vampire facial treatment involves harvesting platelets from a patient’s blood and injecting it into injured skin areas thus various nicknames like Dracula Therapy and Vampire Facelift. Prior to the procedure, blood is drawn out from a patient and placed in a centrifuge to allow the platelet plasma to separate from the red blood cells. The platelet plasma (rich in growth factors) is injected into the skin (face) where it is believed to reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
Once the platelet plasma is injected, it releases growth factors causing the surrounding cells to increase in volume; one such cell is the fibroblast cell that is responsible for producing collagen. Another cell stimulated during the procedure is the pre-adipocyte cell, a cell that converts into fat cell thus filling out lines on the face. The procedure is performed around the mouth, nose, eyes, and backs of the hands as well as the knees to give the skin a radiant look.
Indication: Skin rejuvenation (fine lines, improves skin appearance, restore natural glow), Stimulation of hair growth (treatment is effective at early stage of hair loss), effective when combined with other treatments such as Dermal fillers, PDO threads.
What areas can be treated?
Face, neck, hands, scalp, décolletage.
The Vampire Facial may require very little recovery time, most people can go back to their normal activities following day. Some redness and bruising may occur which disappear on the second day.
Why it is popular
The treatment is not just another hype cosmetic procedure; it is effective. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Bar Refaeli and Rupert Everette are said to have undergone a Vampire Facial procedure.
Single treatment: £500
Course of 3: from £1200