PRP "Dracula" Therapy

PRP means your body can take advantage of the way platelets help to regenerate your skin. When platelets are activated the body rushes many cells and cell-types in. This is because platelets are programmed to release growth factors (GF). These GF (platelet derived growth factors PDGF, transforming growth factor beta TGF, and insulin-like growth factor ILGF) help the body by stimulating stem cells to regenerate new tissue. For you this means new collagen and new elastin fibres that restore and rejuvenate your skin, helping you to look younger and revitalized. Because it is the stimulation of a natural process, the results are smooth, natural and long-lasting (more than ten months).

Dracula Therapy

Platelet rich plasma treatments have been used for around many years in orthopaedics (for tendon repair, Tiger Woods had treatment with PRP) plastic surgery treatments (for scars and burns), ophthalmology, cardiac surgery, dentistry and diabetic care for the more rapid healing of foot ulcers . Its effectiveness has been thoroughly evaluated . When provided by a properly trained provider with an FDA approved device (as is the Selphyl kit that I use) it is an extremely safe treatment. It is important that you chose a provider who is using a kit that has been FDA approved and shown to effectively separate the platelets from the red blood cells. Without proper separation the treatment will not be successful.

Frequently asked questions about PRP:

Is PRP safe? Yes. During the outpatient surgical procedure a small amount of your own blood is drawn out via the IV. This blood is then placed in the PRP centrifuge machine and spun down. In less than fifteen minutes, the PRP is formed and ready to use. As you are being treated with tissue from your own blood there is minimal risk of any allergic reaction.

Is it possible for my blood to get mixed up with somebody else’s? Definitely not. The safety of my clients is my number one concern and each client has their own self-contained and fully disposable kit. There is no part of the kit that gets reused after the treatment, so it is not possible for any contamination or mix-up to occur.

Is there anyone who can’t have PRP? Very few people can’t have PRP. Obviously, patients with bleeding disorders or hematologic diseases can’t have prp. Also, if you are on regular aspirin the function of your platelets will be reduced and this could reduce the effectiveness of prp.

Can prp be used for acne scars? Yes, PRP can be used for acne scar therapy, either alone or in conjunction with Dermapen microneedling therapy.

Do you activate the platelet rich plasma with calcium chloride? Yes, the PRP is activated with calcium chloride which then forms a platelet-rich fibrin matrix which is injected into your skin.

How often do I need to have PRP for my face? The recommended course is 3 treatments, each about six weeks apart, and then one top-up treatment annually.

How long does each treatment take and what is the down time? Each treatment takes about 45 minutes. Your face will look red afterwards, usually only for a day or two. You might get some bruises, although the needles that are used are extremely skinny.

Do I have to have needles to have PRP treatment? Yes, a small needle is used to take your blood and a very fine needle is used to inject the PRP into the skin of your face.

How much time do I need to take off work to have PRP treatment? None usually. Your face will look slightly red after the treatment but this can be covered with mineral make-up and you can get on with your day.

Does the treatment hurt? It does hurt a bit but local anaesthetic cream is applied to the face and neck where the PRP is going to be injected and arm where blood is to be taken to minimise any discomfort.

Where on my face can the PRP be injected? PRP can be injected just about anywhere on face. It can be used as a form of mesotherapy to rejuvenate the surface of the skin, or more deeply to help soften lines and wrinkles. It is particularly helpful for those difficult areas under the eyes and around the neck.

Can PRP be combined with other cosmetic treatments? Yes, PRP can be combined with all other cosmetic medical treatments such as muscle relaxing antiwrinkle treatments, dermal fillers, Dermapen microneedling therapy.