Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, treatments are a way to rejuvenate the skin in a safe and non-invasive way. Nicknamed the ‘vampire facial’, it uses the patient’s own blood to stimulate the growth of new cells and regenerate collagen and tissue for a firmer complexion. This treatment is mainly used on areas of the face, but recent research suggests that it may also be effective in the treatment of alopecia.
The Platelet-rich Plasma Process
Having a platelet-rich plasma treatment is relatively straightforward. First, between 10 and 20 oz of blood is drawn from the patient – about the same as the average blood sample. This is then put into a centrifuge where it is spun to separate the platelets and plasma from the blood cells so they can be injected into the skin. These platelets contain growth factors that will stimulate the surrounding cells for increased volume. This reduces the look of fine lines and encourages cell repair which, in turn, can improve overall skin quality.
What to Expect
The recovery time and aftercare when it comes to platelet-rich plasma treatments are similar to that of cosmetic injectables. Patients may experience some bruising, discoloration and mild swelling which should pass after a few days.
Side effects are rare with this type of treatment, and the downtime is minimal. This is because using the patient’s own blood means that their body will accept it. For the same reason, there is little chance of an allergic reaction, as there are no foreign or chemical substances being injected into the skin.
As far as cosmetic procedures go, this one is safe and non-invasive, yielding natural, radiant results that last about a month.
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