Platelet Rich Plasma(PRP) Treatment (Vampire Facial)
At Bedford Skin Clinic we perform Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment, also commonly known as a vampire facial, as the clients own blood is used. It is a revolutionary non-surgical cosmetic and aesthetic procedure. This has been used for facial rejuvenation since 2006. It produces a gradual but noticeable improvement in skin condition including texture, tone, and colour with minimal down time.
How does PRP (Vampire facial) work?
Platelets are an important component in our blood. They contain numerous Platelet Derived Growth Factors (PDGF). These growth factors stimulate the production of collagen, keratin and hyaluronic acid. Collagen production is one of the methods that help to correct the fine wrinkles and the loss of volume. Hyaluronic acid is important for skin integrity and improving skin tone and volume hence providing a younger and youthful appearance. PRP also works by the clotting ability of the platelets that leads to contraction of the tissues hence making our skin firmer.
Which areas can be treated?
At Bedford Skin Clinic we perform PRP treatment on eye lids, cheeks, mid-face, around the eyes, smile lines, mouth to nose lines, neck, jaw line, chest including décolletage, hands, neck etc. It can also be used to treat scarring and hair loss.
When do we notice the effects?
Improvement is noticeable within three weeks and improvement continues for the next 8 months. The results last one and a half year or longer. Areas of treatment include cheeks and mid-face, wrinkling around the eyes, smile lines, mouth to nose lines, neck and jaw line, chest, acne scarring, hands, and more. The process takes between 60-90 minutes, depending on complexity.
How is the procedure performed?
The doctor will assess your suitability for the PRP treatment. First your skin is cleansed and local anesthetic cream applied. Blood is then taken from your arm and processed to harvest PRP. Finally the local anaesthetic cream is removed, face cleaned with antiseptic and PRP injections done in the target areas. The actual PRP injection procedure only takes a few minutes.
Does the procedure hurt?
Local anaesthetic cream is applied to the face 45 minutes to an hour before performing the procedure, making the treatment tolerable. You may experience slight discomfort during the procedure.
How long is the down time?
Most of the clients will have little downtime. There can be some swelling and redness for a day or so. There is a small chance of bruising that can take a few days to clear. You should be able to conceal the bruises if any with a concealer. Sun protection is strongly recommended
Is PRP treatment safe?
PRP treatment uses our own blood hence there is no or minimal risk of an allergic reaction, disease transmission and toxicity. Infections are rare as PRP also contains high concentration of white cells, an important component of our blood that fights infections. This procedure can be performed during pregnancy; obviously the doctor will guide you if you are suitable.
Who should not have PRP treatment?
Anyone with active skin infections, skin disease (SLE, porphyria, allergies), cancer, chemotherapy, severe metabolic and systemic disorders, abnormal platelet function (i.e. blood disorders), and underlying sepsis.
How many treatments are needed?
The initial number of PRP treatments required varies from person to person. Maintenance treatments are recommended every one to two years depending on skin type and condition