Medically reviewed by Dr Justine Hextall, Consultant Dermatologist
PRP INJECTION TREATMENT
Our Revolutionary anti-ageing and facial rejuvenation treatment
Whether you know of it as a 'Vampire Facial' or 'Angel Therapy' Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (or PRP) is rapidly becoming one of the most popular, and revolutionary, rejuvenation treatments in Dermatology. However PRP therapy has a long history and has been used for medicinal purposes for over 30 years, primarily in wound care, sports medicine and dentistry, where it heals damaged tissue.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy uses the client's own blood for:
- Facial Skin Rejuvenation and anti-ageing
- Reducing the appearance of acne scars
- Aiding hair growth and reducing male and female pattern hair loss
- Under-eye rejuvenation
- Reducing the appearance of stretch marks and scars
THe PRP Treatment Process
PRP Treatments (Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy) use the healing properties of your own blood to rejuvenate your skin's appearance, aid hair growth and reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars.
Blood is drawn from your arm, approximately 20-30ml, which is then combined with a separating gel and placed in a centrifuge. The centrifuge is a medical device that rapidly spins the blood for 15 mins to separate the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Platelet Present Plasma (PPP). Once complete, the PRP sits on top of the test tube with the rest of the blood remains at the bottom due to the technology used and unique separating gel. Only PRP is injected into the face, the remaining blood cells and gel components remain separate.
While your platelets are being separated a topical numbing cream will have been applied to the skin, when the area is numb the PRP is injections are administered. The platelets from the blood are primarily used and are the natural component that is essential to the healing and growth of the new skin tissue. Once injected into the pores, this stimulates collagen and elastin and begins the healing process, helping the skin to repair any damage. On the scalp, this encourages the blood flow around the dormant hair follicles in order for new hair to grow and to maintain hair density.
At the end of your treatment your Dermatologist may apply the remaining PPP topically; while PPP is not as regenerative as PRP therapy it still provides rejuvenation benefits. Our dermatologist will create a bespoke treatment plan which will outline how many treatments are required and how often.
At The Harley Medical Group we use Cellenis PRP, a proprietary medical-grade separation device that yields the highest harvest of PRP of around 90%, which is significantly more than similar treatments and technologies available.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why is it called a Vampire Facial?
Vampire Facial is the pop-culture name for Platelet-Rich-Plasma Therapy. Most people have seen the images of famous people and social media influencers with a face covered in blood and looking like they have just had a fight, they are actually having a PRP facial.
Vampire facials get their name from the treatment process which uses the client's own blood (and - we think - the revival of vampire stories).
20 - 30ml of blood is taken from the arm, then placed in centrifuge which separates the blood's platelets from the other components; this increases the concentration of platelets and growth factors up to 600%. Your blood is then injected into the treated area. These platelets release special growth factors that lead to tissue healing; PRP injection treatments actually the area over a period of time, which can be anywhere from one to three months.
And while we do think the name 'Vampire Facial' is brilliant it does make the treatment sound scarier that it actually is!
How do PRP injections work for Hair Loss?
Dealing with hair loss can be one of the hardest conditions that both men and women can experience as it can deeply affect self-esteem and confidence as your appearance can change. PRP injections for Hair Loss are an effective, non-surgical solution to treating pattern baldness and receding hairlines and is available for both men and women.
This works as the platelet rich plasma (with the essential growth factors) is injected into the scalp and this naturally stimulates the dormant hair follicles. PRP Injection treatments promote hair growth by effectively increasing hair count and the growth phase of the hair cycle, which in turns gives healthier and thicker hair.
To get the best results from PRP Rejuvenation Therapy, the recommended course of treatments by our Dermatologist must be adhered too as consistency of treatments is key for both the skin and hair loss.
What are Platelets and PRP?
Platelets are a type of blood cell fragment which hold 'growth' factors, which have regenerative properties.
Platelets naturally split and release their growth elements when the body has been damaged, e.g. it incurs a bruise or a cut, to heal the affected tissue. The platelets stimulate new cell growth and oil glands which, in turn, improves the skin's health, ensuring it is nourished and restored.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is the product of blood processing; blood is extracted and spun in a centrifuge where the platelet rich plasma can be separated from the other blood content. This is a highly concentrated from of plasma is more effecting in aiding cell regeneration than untreated plasma.
The PRP treatment is a regenerative therapy that uses the body's own concentrated plasma, through many small injections, to promote the natural healing process while also encouraging more long-term cell regeneration in the treated area. Areas most commonly treated are the face, hands and scalp for hair regeneration.
Are PRP injections painful?
For the face, hands and body, numbing cream is applied and so here the pain is fairly minimal, although some discomfort can be felt in the more sensitive areas such as around the lips and chin, but it is very bearable.
The scalp is one of the most sensitive areas of the body and even though it is injected with local anaesthetic, certain areas can still feel some pain when injecting with the PRP. There can also be a light burning sensation when the PRP is first settling into the skin, however this only lasts a few minutes.
How quickly will I see results?
This depends on the condition of your skin and what results are are looking for from your Vampire Facial.
For skin rejuvenation and anti-ageing clients will see results in the first week after treatment as the collagen growth takes place. In the 6-8 weeks following the skin's condition will improve as it becomes plumper with improved texture and tone.
For acne scarring, depending on the severity, results can be quick but may require a few sessions for a drastic change in skin complexion.
For hair loss, this will take longer as it ou will have to wait for hair follicles to grow new hair; changes in hair density can be seen from 6-8 months from initial treatment plan.
Who is unable to have PRP injections?
As this treatment is using your own blood, the state of the blood cells is integral to achieving the desired result. Therefore, those who have the below conditions would unable to have this treatment:
- Unstabe blood pressure
- Thrombocytopenia: the condition of having a low platelet count
- Infected treatment area
- Pregnancy or breastfeeding mothers
How many PRP injections will I need?
For the full face: 70 injections are administered to cover the whole face. Although this sounds like a high number, to conduct the treatment is fairly quick due to the technique and experience of the doctor - taking approximately an hour, including the blood extraction and processing. In addition a numbing cream will have been applied to you will experience minimal discomfort.
For the scalp: this is dependent on the area that is being covered but it can take up to a 100 injections. Although this sounds like a high number, to conduct the treatment is fairly quick due to the technique and experience of the doctor - taking approximately an hour, however this does not include blood extraction and processing. In addition a local anaesthetic is used during your treatment to reduce discomfort.
How long does a PRP treatment take?
Your Dermatologist will advise how many PRP treatments are required, and the areas to be injected, for optimum results.
To treat just the face will take 60 minutes (including taking the blood and spinning it).
For the scalp alone it will approximately take 60 minutes depending on how large the area of concern is, however this does not include time to extract the blood and spin it which takes approximately 15-20 minutes. .
Does PRP Injection Treatment have any downtime?
There is no downtime but clients will experience some redness, minor bumps from the injections and skin sensitivity which will subside within 24 hours.
Exercising and applying make-up or creams is prohibited for the next 24 hours as the skin should be kept clear.
Your Dermatologist will advise you what to expect immediately after and of how to get the most out of your treatment.