Platelet Rich Plasma therapy – The Vampire Facelift
The natural process of ageing causes the skin to lose its youthful firmness and elasticity. The ageing process can be made worse by other factors such as smoking and over-exposure to sunlight (specifically UVB radiation).
PRP therapy helps to reduce the fine lines and wrinkles that are characteristic of ageing, by replacing depleted collagen and restoring volume and structure to your skin.
At Cosmetic Doctor, we offer PRP as a standalone procedure and in combination with other treatments such as dermal fillers.
PRP therapy treatment summary
Procedure time: 45 mins
Back to work: 24-48 hours
Full recovery: 48 hours
Sensitivity period: Expect mild swelling especially with eye treatments
Risks or complications: slight bruising, swelling
Recommended: 1 – 2 sessions for Rejuvenation. Minimum 2-3 sessions for acne scarring. Cost€500 per session
How does PRP therapy work?
In PRP therapy, the platelets from a small sample of your blood are separated from the plasma (the liquid part of the blood) and injected into the area your skin being treated.
These platelets contain certain proteins (called growth factors) that are important for healing injuries.
The concentration of platelets (and growth factors) in the re-injected blood are believed to activate, repair or regenerate cells in the body.
In particular, the growth factors stimulate the production of collagen and other matrix components by stimulating the activation of fibroblasts, which help to rejuvenate your skin.
PRP therapy prices
€500 per session
What can it treat?
As an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure, we use PRP therapy to treat volume loss in the face, hands and neck, as well as any areas with crepey skin, wrinkles, stretch marks and scarring.
It can also be used to treat the delicate skin around the eyes, an area that can be difficult to treat with Botox or dermal fillers.
What happens during the treatment session?
During the procedure, we take a small sample of blood from your arm, and use a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the plasma.
The centrifugation also helps to increase the concentration of the platelets in the blood sample.
The concentrated, platelet-rich plasma is then ready to be injected back into your skin.
How long does it take?
The procedure is relatively quick, taking between 30 and 45 minutes depending on the area we are treating.
Is it painful?
For your comfort topical anaesthetic is applied to your skin. You may experience mild discomfort during your procedure.
Are there any side effects?
PRP is a well-established clinical as well as cosmetic treatment, having been used successfully in many types of surgical procedure for over 20 years.
It is considered a safe procedure for certain conditions, and known for needing very little downtime – especially compared to more invasive treatments such as Botox anti-wrinkle injections or cosmetic surgery.
PRP also has an advantage over anti-wrinkle injections or fillers, in that it only uses the patient’s own blood and not chemical substances.
This avoids any risk of rejection, infection or allergic reaction, as your skin will be using your body’s own growth factors to repair and rejuvenate itself.
How long do the results last?
Another advantage of PRP therapy is that it works with your body to build up skin tissue naturally, giving subtly-achieved results rather than sudden or dramatic changes.
Improvement to the treated area is gradual, taking place over a period of about 6 to 12 weeks.
Dermal fillers, for example, start to break down after a few months, whereas PRP therapy continues to improve and results may last for up to 12 months.
For best results, At Cosmetic Doctor we usually recommend a series of 2 or 3 treatments, 3 or 4 months apart.