This document has been prepared to help provide you with information about PRP Therapy of the skin, or as it is called at NoviSkin – Vampire Facial – its risks, and alternative treatments. It is important that you read this information carefully and completely.
Vampire Facial Therapy
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is the cell free plasma containing a higher than normal concentration of human platelets per volume. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, otherwise known as Vampire Facial Therapy has become an increasing clinical tool used for tissue argumentation and bone regeneration. This includes:
- Facial rejuvenation therapy for wrinkles and solar damage skin
- Surgery-free repair of sports injuries
- Cutaneous wound healing
PRP therapy is a treatment option if you are presenting with any of these indications:
- Reduction of downtime after invasive aesthetic procedures
- Sun damage
- Burn wounds
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Dehydrated skin
- Radiance optimizing
- Areas treatable: Face, neck décolletage area
PRP Therapy Procedure
Step 1: Blood collection
As your own (autologous) blood is used, it is first collected by venesection, the same procedure used in blood tests or blood donations. The site of the venesection is usually a large vein in your elbow. Up to 20ml of blood may be collected.
Step 2: Centrifuge
The blood will then be spun down in a centrifuge to separate the components. The process takes 15 minutes. The Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is then harvested and there are a variety of different ways this can be done with a CelluVance™ kit. Anti-ageing therapies require between 2-8ml of Platelet Rich Plasma which will then be extracted from the centrifuged blood.
Step 3: Injection
Involves injecting the prepared solution into the different layers of the skin using different injecting technique namely:
- Superficial nappage – superficial injections to the epidermal layer = 1mm depth.
- Superficial intradermal- Multiple papules 2mm, made to the intrabasal layer.
- Deep intra dermal – Point by point injections = 4 – 10 mm depth
Mechanism of action
When the concentrated platelets in the Platelet Rich Plasma are activated, it mimics the wound-healing cascade and accelerates recovery by releasing a variety of cytokines and growth factors. This results in a new formation of extracellular proteins such as collagen. In practice PRP Therapy is made possible by easily obtaining autologous Platelet Rich Plasma with the aid of commercial kits.