Platelet Rich Plasma 'Dracula therapy' aka 'Vampire Lift'
This simple treatment has proved to be very effective in reversing ageing changes in the face. Indeed it can be used in any part of the body such as the décolletage, shoulders neck or hands.
The treatment depends on the use of platelet rich plasma. The platelets contain a number of growth factors which reverse ageing changes in the skin. It can also be used in the scalp to stimulate hair growth.
The platelet rich plasma PRP is obtained from the patient's own blood. A blood sample is taken from a convenient vein in the arm; it is then centrifuged so that the red blood cells collect at the bottom of the test-tube. The supernatant fluid which is the platelet rich plasma can then be drawn off and injected under the skin using a 30 gauge needle which is the finest needle that is made.
There are no risks of allergy or rejection because the platelets are produced from the patient's own blood and replaced. There are no other serious side-effects for this treatment. There may be a small amount of bruising and swelling resulting from the injection process, but this would last only a few days.
Where a course of treatments is prescribed we would normally space the treatments four to six weeks apart. There is no limit to the number of treatments a patient can have.
Dracula Therapy has proven effectiveness in improving definition and reducing the appearance of Scars, Wrinkles, Stretch Marks and many cosmetic facial problems (wrinkles around the eyes), the effects of acne and other skin diseases and disorders.
The treatment takes about 30 - 45 minutes and can be used on all skin types and colours. Improvement in skin texture and tone are noticeable within three weeks. Collagen regeneration takes up to 3 months. The effect of the treatment can last up to 18 months; however touch up treatments will maintain the results.
PRP Dracula Therapy can be combined with other treatments such as Botox or Dermal fillers.
Although this procedure is fairly new in the UK aesthetic and dermatology arena there is a 30 year history of its use by doctors in dental surgery and sports medicine. It has been shown to stimulate bone re-growth and is also a treatment for various sports injuries such as tennis elbow.
In terms of Pros and Cons, this type of work has much lower risks compared with the benefits:
- A short recovery time.
- No great need for aftercare.
- A natural healing process which leads to rejuvenation.
- Cost Efficacy of injections compared with the high price of Surgery.
- Quickly noticeable before and after comparison.