Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)


Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a non-surgical procedure that is relatively inexpensive, and effective for prolonging a more youthful appearance into middle age. As the procedure uses the patient’s own blood, it is metaphorically referred to as the “Vampire Facelift”. You may be aware of this procedure as it has been discussed on several popular television programmes.

“Once the bruises had disappeared I did notice a difference. I can see my dark circles are better, my bags have diminished and I can’t believe I’m saying this…given the price tag I’d go back!” Anna Richardson, How Not To Get Old, Channel4.

What are the likely results?

Expect the skin to be visibly smoother, firmer and revitalised within three weeks of treatment and improvements in skin tone and texture will continue in the following months. Although described by many as giving a facelift, this is misleading as it is a very different procedure and the effects are more subtle.

 
Before and After photographs of actual PRP therapy patient.

 

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) has been utilized in aesthetic medicine to rejuvenate and slow down the aging process. The key element harvested are platelets, which release growth factors and other mediators that assist the human body to both repair and regenerate itself. By enriching your own plasma this allows the body to regenerate faster and more efficiently. Platelet rich plasma is blood plasma with concentrated platelets (the body’s repairmen for damaged tissue). The solution is a clear yellowy colour as the red blood cells have been separated off in the clinic.

The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain growth factors that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. By injecting this plasma into tissues it initiates connective tissue healing and repair cascades. This has been done for many years in sports and orthopaedic medicine to repair non-surgically chronic and acutely damaged tendons. It has also been used on burns patients, skin graft treatments and severe facial acne scaring with impressive results. It is also an effective treatment to rejuvenate hair follicle growth in hair loss conditions.

Virtually everyone can have PRP treatment, although there are a few conditions it is contraindicated with.

What happens during a PRP treatment?

After an initial consultation, the doctor will take a blood sample from your arm just like a routine blood test you might have had at your GPs or hospital. Your own PRP is then extracted from your blood in a special centrifuge machine in the doctor’s clinic room. Because your own blood is used, there is no danger of disease transmission, or allergic reaction.

The facial target areas for treatment are then cleaned, and anaesthetic cream is applied to reduce discomfort, and the PRP is then injected into skin at multiple locations using very tiny needle. The whole process takes about one hour.

Most patients would be advised that the best results are obtained by repeating the procedure 1 or 2 times at roughly 2 month intervals, and the benefits usually last over 18 months.

 

£320        Complete single treatment

£850        Course 3 treatments delivered over a 3-6 month period.