PRP Facial Rejuvenation
Originally dubbed the ‘vampire facial’, platelet-rich plasma therapy is a revolutionary facial rejuvenation treatment that uses growth factors in the blood to repair the skin at a deep, cellular level.
The plasma that is used in this treatment is rich in platelets, which are responsible for repairing the body. Platelets also stimulate the cellular activity required to repair and produce healthy tissue. Since the patient’s own blood will be used to extract the plasma, there is no risk of rejection or disease transmission.
PRP Therapy – Are You Eligible?
With the help of platelet-rich plasma therapy, patients can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, rejuvenate the face, improve skin tone and texture and treat sun damage. Unfortunately, certain grades of wrinkles cannot be reduced.
Anyone between the ages of 30 and 80 is an ideal candidate for this treatment and it is safe for all skin tones and blood types.
You will need to disclose any supplements and medications that you might be taking during your consultation with Dr Michael Zacharia to reduce the risk of bleeding and bruising during your treatment.
Drug, alcohol and tobacco users can expect to see minimal improvements following treatment.
Your PRP Therapy Treatment Explained
PRP treatments last 45 minutes to one hour and start with Dr Zacharia taking a small blood sample (10 – 20ml). This will feel similar to having a blood test and if you are concerned about discomfort, a local anaesthetic cream can be used.
After withdrawing the blood, it will be placed in a centrifuge for eight minutes so that the plasma can be separated from the red blood cells. These platelets will then be injected into the treated area, which will increase collagen production and gradually improve the overall health of the skin.
PRP therapy can be used as a once-off treatment but Dr Zacharia recommends at least two or three treatments, which will be spaced four weeks apart, to achieve the best results. Patients will see a noticeable difference three weeks after their initial treatment, with gradual improvements taking place over the ensuing months.
In terms of the longevity of your results, most patients can expect the effects to last up to 18 months. Yearly follow-up injections are recommended if patients wish to maintain their results.
PRP Therapy Side Effects
Most patients will experience minor bruising, swelling and redness for several hours after their treatment. There is also a chance that you will feel faint and develop a headache due to the blood loss. Bruising at the puncture site general lasts for two to three days.
Since the patient’s own blood and plasma are used to complete the treatment, there are no major side effects and it is completely safe.
PRP Therapy Costs
The cost of your PRP therapy treatments will depend on the area you want to treat. Since each treatment is tailored to a patient’s unique needs, costs will vary too. Dr Zacharia will discuss treatment costs with you once it’s been established how many treatments you will need. PRP therapy is not a treatment that is covered by health insurance.