Known as the “Vampire Facial”, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy has gained a celebrity following for its regenerative effects. But how does it actually work? We answer everything you need to know about the treatment below.
What are Platelet Rich Plasma Injections?
PRP injections are a medical treatment in which the patient’s own concentrated platelets are used to heal, rejuvenate and regenerate the skin tissue.
Traditionally used to treat sporting injuries, the revolutionary technology is now being performed as an aesthetic practice to treat wrinkles and visibly slow the ageing process. Treating wrinkles with PRP injections is sometimes called the “Vampire Facial” as the patient’s own blood is used in the treatment.
How Do PRP Injections Work?
Platelets are small cells in the blood that contain growth factors and wound healing properties. When separated from the other blood components, the plasma – concentrated with platelets – allows for accelerated healing of an injured area.
PRP is also able to promote collagen production and regenerate skin tissue, improving skin texture, smoothing lines and softening the appearance of wrinkles. It can aid in the treatment of acne and reduce the appearance of under-eye bags.
The PRP Procedure
The patient’s blood is collected via venesection (the technique used to extract blood during a blood test), usually from a vein in their elbow. A centrifuge is then used to separate the components of the blood, and the concentrated plasma is injected back into the areas of concern in the face.
At Eastern Plastic Surgery, our qualified nurses are able to administer PRP via one of three techniques:
*Dermastamp is a gentle skin needling device that can be used for skin resurfacing and collagen induction therapy. When PRP is administered using the Dermastamp device, the combined treatments result in an enhanced collagen stimulation effect and the potential for bruising is reduced.
What are the Benefits of PRP?
- As the formula used in PRP is an autologous product (the patient’s own blood), there is no risk of allergies, rejection or a reaction.
- PRP can treat around the eyes, cheeks and mid-face, neck, hands and decolletage.
- The treatment does not involve the use of animal derived or human donor products.
Are PRP Injections Painful?
PRP is administered gently, and numbing cream will be applied to the face prior to the treatment. While the DermaFrac and Dermastamp procedures are relatively painless, patients may experience discomfort when the PRP is administered via injections – especially if they are particularly sensitive to pain.
Are PRP Injections Safe?
Yes. PRP injections are approved by the TGA (the Australian government’s regulatory authority for therapeutic goods), and have been used cosmetically in Australia for years. While swelling will be noticeable immediately following the treatment, this will heal within a few days.
PRP is now offered at Eastern Plastic Surgery. Call (03) 9890 2800 to find out more or to book an appointment.