After Kim Kardashian tweeted a photo of her face covered in blood, treatments involving blood came into the spotlight. Many people have been asking the question, what is a vampire facial? Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections have been used in sports medicine for many years to treat injuries and now it is full steam ahead into the cosmetics industry with a major emphasis on skin rejuvenation!
How do PRP injections work?
Your own blood is taken from your arm and spun out in a machine called a centrifuge. This causes the red blood cells to separate from the white blood cells, platelets and plasma. The red cells are then discarded and the platelet rich plasma and white cells are injected into the dermis in the area to be treated. Once the PRP has been injected into the tissue, on a cellular level, a cascade of events start to occur. This includes a release of growth factors to initiate tissue rejuvenation, and stimulation of new dermal cells. The result is smoother skin.
What are the benefits of PRP injections?
As the product comes from your own body, it is much safer than injecting foreign materials. This is a particularly desirable treatment for people that that do not want to inject chemicals into their system. The benefits include improvement in skin tone and colour, improvement in pigmentation and skin elasticity, and improvement in fine lines and wrinkles. It can be performed on any area on the body that needs rejuvenation, however areas that are commonly treated include: around the eyes, around the mouth, scars, neck and décolletage.
Who is suitable for PRP injections?
It is important to have a specific area which needs treatment as this is generally not used as a preventative treatment. This is a medical treatment, therefore it should be performed by a trained clinician. If you would like to find out if the treatment is suitable and can be of benefit then it is important to have a consultation prior to the treatment. At Subtle Transformations, we only perform treatments that will benefit and are best suited to your needs, so speak to a trained clinician first.