PRP – platelet rich plasma, plaque-enriched plasma, also known as “a vampire lift”, is a method of regenerative medicine with a multitude of practical applications – orthopedics, chronic wounds treatment, dentistry, aesthetic medicine. It uses the patient’s own components, namely the platelets (blood platelets) separated by centrifugation. Platelets play a role in stopping bleeding and repairing blood vessels and damaged cells in the body. Platelets contain substances called growth factors that activate and rejuvenate cells in the body. Growth factors, when released, induce collagen production and generate new capillaries to rejuvenate the skin. The procedure has no risk of allergy or infection, it is safe and is based on the large number of human platelet growth factors.
Expected effects in cosmetic medicine
PRP is particularly effective in the treatment of fine wrinkles (especially those difficult to treat by conventional methods, such as wrinkles on the lower eyelid, around the mouth and on the neck), post-acne scars, alopecia, and it increases skin elasticity and luminosity.
How does it work?
For starters, a small amount of blood is drawn by venous puncture.
Subsequently, the blood sample is placed in a centrifuge to separate the specific components for about 5-10 minutes. During this time, your doctor will ensure that you are ready for treatment by applying anesthetic cream (if necessary, the procedure is relatively painless) on the areas where the multiple injections will be made. Then the obtained platelet rich plasma is injected, either as such or combined with various other substances – vitamins, hyaluronic acid, etc., depending on the specific problems of each patient. The whole procedure takes about 30 minutes.
It is possible to experience edema and low intensity erythema for first two to three days. Also, slight bumps that can be fully covered with makeup can occur. Usually, the treatment is very well tolerated and the results spectacular
Injection of PRP can be used as an autonomous regeneration therapy to improve skin quality and to slow down the age-related facial volume loss, but is often associated with other complementary aesthetic procedures such as botulinum toxin, fillers, micro-needling, etc.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need a skin test before PRP therapy?
It is not necessary to test the skin before treatment.
Are the results immediate?
No, PRP results are not immediate. PRP takes time to promote collagen regeneration, so a first result is evaluated about 2-3 weeks after the first treatment, when your skin will look healthier, lighter and better textured, with fewer wrinkles. Individual results may vary.
How many sessions are needed?
Our physicians will decide with you the number of treatment sessions and the amount of plasma you will need. Usually 2-3 sessions are sufficient, generally at 6 weeks apart.
Are the injections painful?
As with any injection, you will have a slight micro-sting sensation, but each patient can opt for a local anesthetic to ensure comfort during the procedure.
What can I expect right after the treatment session?
Immediately after the PRP treatment session, redness may occur and there may be a slight swelling and possibly bruising of the injected area. All symptoms last a few hours to a few days. Each patient is different and reacts differently to injections.
How fast can I return to my daily activities?
Most patients return to their daily routine almost immediately.
When can I apply makeup after treatment?
Makeup can be applied a few hours after treatment if complications are not present.