Platelet rich plasma or PRP therapy, also known as autologous rejuvenation therapy is a revolutionary new treatment which is often referred to by the media as either a ‘vampire facelift’ or ‘dracula therapy’. The therapy itself works on the basis that the body’s natural healing processes and powers can slow and in some cases even reverse the ageing process by positioning growth factors in the exact location where we need the skin to repair and rejuvenate.
A small amount of your blood will be taken during the treatment and is then treated in a centrifuge to separate and harvest the PRP from the blood. This is then re-injected into the desired area to give the skin a more plump look, fill out any fine line lines and wrinkles and give the skin an overall more radiant appearance. PRP therapy has been used in urology, ophthalmology, dentistry, neurosurgery, orthopaedics and sports medicine for a number of years now to aid in the treating of muscle and ligament injuries, pain, skin lesions and more. Following the success of the PRP therapies in a medical practice, the procedure has since been developed into a cosmetic procedure.
The platelets, contained within your blood cells, contain a high content of ‘growth factors’ which are proteins that help to repair and heal injured tissue and damaged skin. Following the centrifuge process and re-injection, the platelets then release their growth factors which in turn trigger the surrounding cells to multiply, stimulating repair processes and increasing the volume and rejuvenation properties of the skin.