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What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma - aka Vampire Facial!
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. Using advanced processes and technology, we prepare a highly purified sample of your own blood, then deliver the highly potent plasma back to the skin, where it releases powerful healing and regeneration agents. This stimulates the skin’s renewal processes and can achieve remarkable results in improving the condition and appearance of your skin.
PRP Facial Treatments
At Canterbury RKE Clinic, we offer the treatment for improving the skin. It is the perfect accompaniment to our popular cosmetic injections and can also be used on its own for clients who want to pursue natural skin improvement, giving a healthy, refreshed looking younger glow and helping to tackle the signs of ageing and hair loss.
The PRP (Vampire) Facial utilises your own blood plasma, which contains repair and growth factors, to improve the condition of the skin, rejuvenate and promotes skin cell renewal, helps improve fine lines and wrinkles, and helps reduce redness and pigmentation by stimulating bio cell repair.
It involves drawing your own blood from a small needle, spinning it round in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the blood, and this plasma is applied after doing a micro needling treatment.
The growth and repair cells soak directly into your skin and get to work. After a course of treatments, which are done 3-6 weeks apart, you can expect your results to last around 15-18 months.
You can treat acne scars with PRP too. We also offer PRP hair treatment that can be very effective in promoting better hair growth and retention through stimulating the scalp and follicles.
What happens in the natural ageing process?
During the natural ageing process, the skin loses collagen and elastin. This causes it to become less elastic and develop wrinkles and sagging. In addition, the skin loses some of the the natural hydration provided by lipids (fatty substances), oil and sweat.
The complexion and texture can change over time, so skin becomes thinner as the underlying fat layer that keeps young skin smooth and supple tends to diminish over time.
Sun exposure can accelerate the ageing process, weakening blood vessels and causing pigmentation problems such as age spots on the face, chest, hands, arms and shoulders.
PRP treatment works to regenerate the skin by stimulating its own renewal mechanisms, thus countering some of the more common signs of ageing and promoting healthier skin.
When will I see the results?
It takes bit of time for the full results to develop, as PRP to work as it needs to stimulate new fibroblasts and skin cells. Over the days and weeks following treatment, growth factors released by the platelets stimulate the growth of new blood vessels and more collagen growth, thickening the epidermis and providing an improvement in the skin’s texture and tone.
Results are gradual and natural. We'd expect the results to develop over 4 weeks following your treatment.
Are there any side-effects?
After treatment, injection pin pricks may be seen, and there may be some moderate swelling from the injected fluid which soon subsides. Occasionally there may be some bruising due to the injecting process. These reactions usually last a few hours or up to a couple of days at most.
Adverse reactions are very rare as there are no chemicals or toxins involved, only your body's own resources.
Clients who have a poor skin base line to start with, may experience exfoliation of the top layer of the skin after a few days as new fresh skin takes its place. Occasionally, and dependent on skin type, small bumps may develop and then soon disappear, in the fine skin area below the eyes. This is usually a collection of new cells (keratinocytes) at the injection needle site. Further proof of how your body’s growth factors are stimulating new skin development.
How long will results last?
While results may vary, most patients’ results will last for up to 18 months when a top-up is needed as natural aging continues to take place.
How does PRP work to stimulate the body's own processes?
How many sessions will I need?
This depends on the individual treatment, but in general, we recommend a series of 3 sessions 3-6 weeks apart.
Are there any contraindications (people who can't have PRP treatment)?
We cannot offer PRP to clients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, autoimmune or those with blood pathologies or cancer. Consistent use of NSAID drugs should be avoided within 48 hours of Cellenis PRP application.
Your clinician will check that this treatment is completely safe and suitable for you, taking into account any relevant medical issues or history.