During the past several years, much has been written about a preparation called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and its potential effectiveness in the treatment of injuries. Many famous athletes — Tiger Woods, tennis star Rafael Nadal, Chris Canty and several others — have received PRP for various problems, such as sprained knees and chronic tendon injuries. These types of conditions have typically been treated with medications, physical therapy, or even surgery. Some athletes had this treatment PRP so they can return more quickly to competition. The treatment, platelet-rich plasma therapy, or P.R.P., involves centrifuging a person’s own blood until it contains a concentrated mix of plasma cells and growth factors and then injecting the resulting substance directly into the injured tissue. In theory, the distilled growth factors should speed healing and improve the tissue’s health.
Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Bar Refaeli have helped popularize these unconventional cosmetic procedures. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, also known as the ‘Vampire Facelift’ or ‘Dracula Therapy uses a microneedling device to create tiny puncture wounds in the top layer of the skin. Before the holes seal up, your own platelet rich plasma is painted onto your face with the hope of stimulating tissue growth, works on the basis that the body’s own natural healing powers may slow and even reverse the ageing process.
There are 3 Steps of the Vampire FaceLift Procedure:
- The injector uses HA fillers to create a beautiful shape.
- Then, the physician isolates growth factors from the patient’s blood.
- When these growth factors enter the face (injected by the physician), then muti-potent stem cells become activated to grow new tissue. This new tissue includes new collagen, new fatty tissue (for smoothness), and new blood vessels (for a healthy glow).
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy or Vampire Facelift costs between £350 and £500 per session, depending on the practitioner. Generally, you need two to three top-up sessions after your first treatment.
Studies that have examined the medical use of platelet-rich plasma for non-cosmetic purposes have found mixed results. Although the possibility that platelet-rich plasma may be applicable to joint and muscle injuries remains, no controlled clinical trials have indicated its efficacy and many studies report negative effects. There are, however, some publications that report that PRP may be useful as a facial filler.