We offer Platelet Rich Plasma for a variety of ageing concerns and skin problems, giving long-lasting, natural results. Used as a single treatment or in combination with other cosmetic treatments, Platelet Rich Plasma provides a safe and natural option for skin-ageing.
Platelet Rich Plasma (or PRP which it is often abbreviated to) is taken from your own blood. The concentrated platelet-enriched plasma, containing growth factors and stem cells, is extracted from the blood and then injected back into the skin, naturally promoting new collagen stimulation and ‘feeding’ the skin cells with concentrated nutrients. ‘The Vampire Lift’ is a phrase the media has coined for PRP treatments used for facial rejuvenation, however the technique is widely used in medicine and sports injury therapy for joint, muscle and tendon problems, due to its ability to stimulate healing in the soft tissues.
We understand that the quality of the platelets taken from the blood is key to the success of this treatment and its results. We pride ourselves on using the best products available, so our patients can be confident that they get the results they expect.
We use Platelet Rich Plasma therapy to:
Stimulate hair growth in men and women
Improve skin firmness and quality
Smooth lines and wrinkles
Reduce the appearance of acne scarring
Reduce the appearance of dark circles
Promote the effectiveness of other cosmetic procedures
The PRP treatment is done in several stages. Firstly, we take a small amount of blood, which is then spun to separate the plasma from the blood. This is then injected back into the skin. This process takes approximately 45 minutes.
The plasma is injected superficially so that there is minimal disturbance to the skin. There may be a little redness and some bruising, but this can be easily covered with make-up.
PRP is used to treat a range of problems and a course of treatment is normally recommended. Results can last for 6-12 months and maintenance treatments are recommended.
Prices from £250
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Blood contains red and white blood cells and platelets. The platelets contain hundreds of proteins known as growth factors, which are important in the body for healing. By separating out these platelets from the other cells, we are left with a concentrated plasma, which is 5-10 times richer in growth factors than would normally be found in the same quantity of blood. This plasma is then injected back to promote healing.
How much blood is taken and what happens to it once it’s been taken?
Depending on the surface area to be treated and the skin condition, between 10 to 30 mls of blood is taken and processed. It is immediately placed in a centrifuge, which ‘spins’ the blood very fast and separates the blood cells from the plasma and platelets. This takes about 20 mins and once it is completed the Platelet Rich Plasma is taken and re-injected into the skin to stimulate collagen and new skin cells.
Because we are using your own blood there is no risk of allergy or rejection of the treatment.
Are all Platelet Rich Plasma treatments the same?
No, and for this reason patients may get varying results. The process of extracting the Platelet Rich Plasma and separating it from other blood contents is crucial to the success of the treatment. There are many systems available and it is extremely important that the blood samples are handled carefully. This may be a reason why the cost of the treatments varies, so it’s important to do your research and ensure your practitioner is using a quality system with proven results.
Is everyone suitable for this treatment?
Whilst PRP therapy provides a naturally safe, allergy-free treatment option, it may work better for some and not so well for others. This is because we are using your own product and factors such as smoking, stress and illness will alter the quality of the PRP, which will, in turn, affect the results. We do not recommend this treatment for those that are on anti-coagulation treatment or who have autoimmune conditions or cancer.
How many treatments of PRP will I need?
Most conditions treated with PRP therapy will need a course of 3-6 sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart. This may vary if it is being combined with other cosmetic procedures and this will be explained during your consultation.