Platelet Rich Plasma (aka PRP ,‘Regen™’, Selphyl™ and similar to the commonly known ‘Vampire Facial™’) is a collagen stimulating therapy, ideal for treating ageing skin on the face, neck, eyes, hands and décolletage and also is commonly used in the treatment of hair loss. It improves texture, tone, fine lines and wrinkles.
SImilar to the ‘Vampire Facial™’ and used by celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Kim Kardashian, it is a simple and safe procedure that involves taking a normal blood test within the practice and spinning it down in a centrifuge on site to concentrate the platelet rich plasma. This is then infiltrated into the desired areas of the skin. Usually a series of three treatments are performed separated by approximately a month. Platelet Rich Plasma is also used in the treatment of burns, orthopaedics, ophthalmology and physiotherapy to accelerate wound healing, Platelet Rich Plasma is an increasingly popular method for facial, hand, eye, décolletage and neck rejuvenation.
As we age, collagen and elastin become depleted in our skin causing lines, wrinkles and thin skin. Platelet Rich Plasma is a treatment designed to improve the texture and tone of the skin, helping it become progressively thicker, tighter and more supple.
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It is safe and provides a natural result.
Why choose Cosmetic Image Clinics for your Platelet Rich Plasma or ‘Vampire Facial’ treatment?
Cosmetic Image Clinics is owned and operated by former AMA Qld President and TV Medical Journalist Dr Ingrid Tall who has over twenty years of experience in the cosmetic medicine industry. Our clinic is medically supervised and if experience, credibility and a ‘natural look’ is what you are looking for, then make Queensland’s largest cosmetic clinic, Cosmetic Image Clinics your preferred provider.
We also offer other cosmetic treatments including Anti-Wrinkle Muscle Relaxants, Dermal Fillers, CoolSculpting® and BodyFX™ fat removal procedures, Radiofrequency ultrasound technologies such as Fractora™ and Fractora Firm™, Laser treatments, Ultherapy and much more to complement your Platelet Rich Plasma treatment.
We pride ourselves in being able to meet all our client’s needs, being a comprehensive, one-stop-shop for all their cosmetic medicine desires.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelets are cells that are part of your blood. This procedure is a natural approach using your own healing powers stored in your blood. Platelet Rich Plasma is a concentrate of your own blood that comprises of high numbers of platelets.
Collagen stimulants are the elixir of youth and freshen, thicken and improve the texture and tone of your ageing skin. Because it stimulates the growth and quality of your own collagen, it gives a natural look without the risk of ‘looking done’.
The product is a 100% your own blood by-product and is sometimes referred to as ‘autologous platelet therapy’. Because it is a part of your own blood, it will not cause hypersensitivity or allergic reactions.
Platelet Rich Plasma Facial similar to the ‘Vampire Facial™’ can especially help with fine lines around the eyes and also neck ageing which are not easily amenable to treatment with other therapies such as dermal fillers.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma or ‘Vampire Facial’ used for?
Platelet Rich Plasma Facial (similar to the ‘Vampire Facial™’) is used for the following:
- To improve the texture of the skin and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- To thicken and improve the quality of thinning skin or the crepiness of ageing skin
- Especially helpful in treating difficult to treat lines around and under the eyes and on the neck
- Facial rejuvenation including nasolabial lines, marionette lines, forehead lines
- Neck ageing and rejuvenation
- Chest and décolletage rejuvenation
- Mild to moderate acne scarring and other scarring
- Back of hands
- Stretchmark improvement
- Platelet Rich Plasma can be used in multiple areas for dermal rejuvenation.
How does Platelet Rich Plasma or ‘Vampire Facial’) work?
Platelets, which are clotting components in our blood, contain numerous collagen stimulating growth factors. They play a crucial role in the prevention of bleeding and the promotion of healing and repair.
The platelets release these growth factors when stimulated, initiating the healing and rejuvenating process in targeted areas such as the face, neck, décolletage and hands.
You will have seen your own plasma (a straw coloured fluid) in your own healing wounds at some time in your life. This is nature’s elixir to heal the skin.
What can I expect after my Platelet Rich Plasma or ‘Vampire Facial’ treatment?
After your treatment you will experience some swelling where the fluid has been injected under the skin. This will persist for approximately two days, occasionally longer.
Bruising is possible and this risk is increased after any blood thinning agents such as ibuprofen, aspirin, fish or krill oil or multivitamins are taken in the preceding two weeks.
How long will the results from my Platelet Rich Plasma or ‘Vampire Facial’ take?
Collagen stimulation is a process that usually takes about three months to begin. Occasionally, results begin a bit sooner at 6 weeks but often the results are only becoming noticeable by three months. Very little occurs before then.
The improvement in skin texture and tone continues for about 9 months to a year after the procedure.
The effects are long-lasting as it is your own collagen that is stimulated and not a bio-degradable dermal filler which will disappear over time.
Can I combine my Platelet Rich Plasma or ‘Vampire Facial’ with other treatments?
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy can be combined with virtually any other cosmetic treatment, including:
- Dermal Fillers and Muscle Relaxant injections
- Laser and light therapies
- Neck and FaceTite™; Cellutite™
- Radiofrequency ultrasound technologies such as Fractora™ and Fractora Firm™
- Fat reduction systems such as CoolSculpting® and BodyFX™
- Skin chemical peels and microdermabrasion.
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy acts to accelerate and improve the results of these other therapies by first improving the quality of the skin being treated.
How is Platelet Rich Plasma or ‘Vampire Facial’ performed?
A blood test is performed by one of our experienced clinical aesthetic team and your own blood sample is used to harvest the platelets which are rich in collagen stimulating factors. The amount of blood needed is between 6 to 60 mls, depending on the number of areas being treated. Your blood sample is spun down in the office’s centrifuge while you have numbing cream on the areas which are being treated.
This process of centrifuging your blood sample separates your plasma into different layers. The platelet rich layer is extracted and then injected just under your skin surface, either with a needle or using a needle free technique with a cannula which is a small blunt tube.
The complete process takes approximately one hour.
How many treatments of Platelet Rich Plasma or ‘Vampire Facial’ is required?
It is recommended to have three treatments one month apart.
An annual or two yearly maintenance treatment may further enhance results and slow down the natural ongoing ageing process.
Is Platelet Rich Plasma or ‘Vampire Facial’ painful?
Numbing cream is applied approximately half an hour prior to the procedure. The small injections are quite comfortable. The needle is smaller than that commonly used by diabetics to inject their insulin.
To further minimise discomfort, a vibrating instrument is often applied to the area being treated which limits the transmission of pain impulses to the pain fibres. We often use ice as well to minimise discomfort. Taking two paracetamol tablets one hour prior to the procedure can also help. Avoid ibuprofen (Advil or Nurofen) as this can increase bruising.
For the needle phoebes we offer other forms of pain relief so talk to our staff upon arrival.
At Cosmetic Image Clinics we pride ourselves on making your experience as comfortable as possible.
What is the aftercare for Platelet Rich Plasma or ‘Vampire Facial’?
There are no specific after-care requirements after Platelet Rich Plasma treatments.
Who cannot have Platelet Rich Plasma or ‘Vampire Facial’ therapy?
People with blood disorders or infectious blood borne diseases such as Hepatitis cannot have Platelet Rich Plasma therapy.