Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is commonly known as “Vampire Facial”, because it uses your own blood plasma to rejuvenate your skin. The blood is placed in special tubes with a platelet activator and centrifuged. Red blood cells fall to the bottom of the tube, and serum is injected into the face or other part of the body.
Concentrated platelets attract a large amount of growth factors enabling rapid tissue regeneration, and in aesthetic dermatology, stimulation of collagen and elastin.
The first plasma treatments were used in orthopaedic and cardiac surgery more than 30 years ago, and 15 years ago, plasma was stated being used aesthetics.
What can one achieve by using PRP treatment in aesthetic dermatology?
* Increased skin tone
* Reduced depth of fine wrinkles
* Uniformity of complexion
* Reduction of redness
* Scar mitigation
* Acceleration of tissue recovery
* Removing dark under-eye circles
* Stimulation of hair growth
What does PRP procedure look like?
The patient’s blood is extracted from the vein and placed into special tubes. The tubes contain a gel with a separator and platelet activator. The blood is centrifuged for 10 minutes, the gel separates the red blood cells and white serum. Serum is transferred to syringes and applied to the skin with a small needle.
The treatment is unpleasant and requires the application of an anaesthetic cream.
When are the results visible and how many treatment must one undergo?
The achieved results are observed after one procedure. The basic principle of the vampire treatment is the formation of new collagen, and this takes at least 3 months from the time the procedure was done.
It takes at least 3 treatments and 3 to 6 months for the results to be obvious.
There are no official protocols for different indications in patients.
According to various scientific studies, the effect of plasma skin rejuvenation treatment is 30% more effective than mesotherapy treatment of the same region. The result was measured 6 months from the last treatment.
Is PRP procedure safe?
Since your own plasma is used, there is no possibility of allergies, i.e. rejection of substances. Redness and swelling are common after treatment and recede after 24h to 48h. Since blood is an ideal substrate for the development of bacteria, you should strictly take care of the conditions in which the procedure is carried out and that there are no signs of infection on the face.
Who cannot undergo plasma therapy?
PRP therapy is contraindicated in:
* Persons infected with hepatitis C
* People infected with HIV
* Persons who suffer various types of leukaemia and cancer
* Persons who are on anticoagulant therapy.
PRP Therapy — Price
All prices for PRP plasma treatment are available on our Price list.
spec. Dr Svetlana Đurišić, Dermatim clinic for skin and venereal diseases, Belgrade