PRP Treatments / iPRF Treatments / Vampire Facelift / Platelet Rich Plasma / Injectable Platelet Rich Fibrin
These treatments are ideal for those who would like a rejuvenation of the face, decollete or hands without using artificial products.
iPRF and PRP treatments are widely used throughout the medical field for their outstanding healing and regenerative qualities. They have traditionally been used for treatment of burns and skin wounds that do not heal, treatment of painful joints, tendons and osteoarthritis, in oral and maxillo-facial surgery, orthopedic surgery, tissue engineering, plastic surgery and implantology.
The success of PRP /iPRF treatments within the medical field have more recently extended its popularity within aesthetic medicine and skin rejuvenation.
What is PRP and iPRF?
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma.
iPRF stands for Injectable Platelet Reduced Fibrin
iPRF and PRP are both produced by using your own blood. The procedure is as follows:
- Blood is taken from the arm (in the same way as blood is taken for routine blood tests).
- The blood is collected in tubes which are then placed in a centrifuge machine which spins the blood to separate the cells within it.
- The tube is then removed from the centrifuge and within the tube the blood has now separated into dark red blood at the bottom of the tube and a more clear solution at the top of the tube which is the PRP / iPRF required.
- The PRP / iPRF is then drawn up into a syringe which is then used to inject into areas requiring regeneration and rejuvenation.
What is the difference between PRP and iPRF?
Both PRP and iPRF are very similar and used in the same way. At The Wellington Clinic we use the newer iPRF because no other chemicals are added before injecting and it also contains a stronger concentration of the valuable cells required for regeneration.
For PRP the tube contains anticoagulants and a special gel to extract the growth factors and platelets. The growth factors are then only released and active for a few minutes once injected.
For iPRF clean tubes are used and so there are no artificial anticoagulants or gels introduced into the product injected. The growth factors are then released into the skin for 7 days allowing the cells opportunity to absorb them as much and as efficiently as possible. iPRF is the new more advanced version of the traditional PRP.
What are the benefits of having PRP / iPRF treatment?
By bringing all the valuable cells required for regeneration to the area treated, the skin is then able to restore and replenish its collagen and elastin content and the cells are able to take up the growth factors and essentials required to restore themselves. The result is improved skin complexion, skin elasticity and an overall lifting effect.
Risks are minimal with this treatment as iPRF is extracted from your own blood with no other additives. Allergy and other risks normally involved with injectable procedures are therefore not possible with this treatment making it ideal from that aspect too.
Can we enhance the effects of PRP /iPRF even further?
If you would like to further enhance the effects of the iPRF treatment then you can combine it with a microneedling procedure whereby the microneedling creates the micro injury required to initiate cell regeneration and the iPRF provides all the cells required for the regeneration to occur.
When will I see the results?
After 7 days you will already see some results however the normal skin cycle takes up to 30 days to replace and regenerate.
For maximum effect of the treatment it is recommended to have a series of 3 treatments at intervals of every 4 weeks.
Results can be maintained by 6 monthly or yearly treatments.