The Vampire facial or as it’s technically known Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment is sweeping the Globe as the latest move forward in non cosmetic treatment. In fact the skin rejuvenating treatment has been around since 2006 but is now making its way to the mainstream and we have seen some amazing results here at the clinic.
What Signs of aging is a Vampire Facial Good For?
- When we age there is less blood flow to the face and therefore skin becomes dull and grey, losing it’s youthful glow
- Muscle strength and collagen production decrease causing the face to sag and droop in places.
- Skin texture loses it’s lustre and creates a sad and worn appearance
Why not stick to Botox and Fillers?
The PRP Treatment works alongside both Botox and Dermal Fillers but has it’s own strengths as a non surgical option.
When the main area of concern is loss of shape without excess skin the Vampire facelift can give even better results than a traditional Cosmetic surgery option. In some cases chasing a deep line or wrinkle with fillers can create an unnatural shape at the area, whereas a Vampire Facial works overall, restoring the shape of the face.
PRP injections are great for sensitive areas and for those that have experienced adverse reactions with both botox and dermal fillers.
The biggest difference we have seen is the change in skin condition and tone. PRP treatment works at creating young tissue, improving skin tone, texture and glow.
How Does The Magic Work?
Once you have consulted with our resident Dr and decided to book yourself in for the treatment the initial part of the procedure is much the same as a filler or Botox appointment. Our Dr will cleanse the face and apply a numbing cream to reduce any discomfort you may feel.
The first part of the treatment is to take the blood from your arm. This only constitutes a very small amount. The blood is then put into a machine (centrifuge) where the science bit happens! The machine isolates the platelets from the blood, which are responsible for clotting.
The cells do this by adhering to each other and preventing haemorrhages. When blood clots, tissues around it will retract due to protein fibrin produced by platelet adherence. Small injuries (in this case the tiny needle piercing the skin) will trigger a similar initial reaction, and thanks to the injection of live cells, the contraction effect is exemplified. In isolating live platelet cells suspended in liquid plasma (PRP), the process is also able to extract stem cells and growth factors. Injecting this PRP extract into skin, the platelets form platform, allowing the release of numerous active growth factors. It is these growth factors that promotes repair of tissue and collagen production.
In effect the PRP solution is using your own active cells to promote rejuvenation of the skin and it’s components. The biggest benefit is that the side effects are virtually zero, limited to infection at the site of injection.
The injection part
Once the blood has been prepared and any numbing cream has taken effect a small needle is used to inject the PRP into the skin. This final part is very quick and discomfort is minimal. The act of injecting the solution tricks the skin into thinking that an injury has occurred and the process of repair and rejuvenation begins. New collagen, new blood vessels and tissue act to repair the skin that was never injured in the first place.
The effects of the procedure improve for 2 to 3 months and last for at least 1 to 2 years so maintenance is to a minimum!
If you would like to visit our Bedfordshire based Clinic where our resident Dr performs the procedure please give us a call
Free consultations are always offered