Plasma Face Lift – Platelet Rich Plasma Facial Rejuvenation
We pride ourselves in being one of the leading clinic in Plasma Face Lift (Platelet Rich Plasma Facial Rejuvenation – PRP) in Wales.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, also known as the ‘Vampire Facelift’ or ‘Dracula Therapy’, works on the basis that the body’s own natural healing powers may slow and even reverse the ageing process – it’s a revolutionary repair system that places growth factors in the exact location where we want the skin to repair and rejuvenate itself.
Now patients who wish to use their own body’s regenerative power can do so without the concerns for infection, foreign material, or surgical interventions. Studies are now showing promise for patients looking for that younger renewed look. It is also beneficial for those wishing to have a fuller facial feature without the use of dermal fillers.
Platelets contain a high content of “growth factors” – proteins that help to heal injured tissue or damaged skin. Upon re-injection the platelets release their growth factors which trigger surrounding cells to proliferate, in turn stimulating repair, increasing volume and rejuvenating the skin.
A patient’s own blood cells and plasma have regenerative properties, and can be used as a treatment for anti-aging. These cells can rejuvenate skin, tendons, and bones, and when injected into the face, stimulate firmer and younger looking skin.
How does Plasma Facelift work?
PRP therapy involves harvesting platelets from the patient’s own blood in order to inject them into problem skin areas, giving it the nicknames ‘Vampire Facelift’ and ‘Dracula Therapy’. Before the procedure, a small amount of blood is taken from the patient and put into a centrifuge, where the blood is spun in order to separate the red blood cells from the platelet plasma.
The platelet plasma, which is the component of the blood that is known for being highly effective in treating burns and skin injuries, is then activated and injected into the chosen area, where it plumps up the skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
When the platelet plasma is injected into the skin, the platelets release their growth factors. The growth factors stimulate other cells surrounding the injection site, plumping them up and causing them to increase in volume.
The platelet plasma sends out signals to other cells in the body when it is injected, telling them to rush forward to the injection site.
One cell that is stimulated during the process is the fibroblast cell, which is the cell type that creates collagen. Collagen is what gives skin a youthful appearance.
As we age, collagen is produced less and less, causing wrinkles and fine lines in the skin, and therapies such as PRP therapy that stimulate collagen production can counteract this.
How is it done?
After an initial consultation, a small blood sample is taken from the arm. PRP is then extracted in a special machine.
The facial target area for treatment is then cleansed, and anaesthetic cream is applied to reduce discomfort. The extraction is then injected into skin at multiple locations.
The whole process takes about one hour. The best results are obtained by repeating the procedure in one month time and then once a year following that.