Your guide to platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP)

PRP therapy, or vampire facials as it’s often known, is the celebrity cosmetic treatment of choice and is not for the squeamish. If your skin is looking dull or tired, you’re concerned about ageing or you want a more even skin tone, perhaps one which has its natural blemishes removed and gives you a clearer, more rested look, then this facial can really help.

It involves removing a syringe full of blood and separating it into its individual components. The rich plasma cells and growth factors are the prize here and once they they’ve been obtained, by spinning the removed blood in a centrifuge, they are re-injected into the skin.

The whole process is designed to trigger the body’s healing system. The body is tricked into thinking that the skin is in need of repair and so produces fresh skin tissue in response, providing you with fresher, younger looking skin.

Does it hurt?

If you’re considering having this treatment, then presumably you’ve seen the photos of PRP patients with the blood on their faces immediately following the facial. Kim Kardashian published a photo of herself in this way on her social media account and went on to explain that he sister is a huge fan of what these facials can achieve.

However, we here at Omniya practise pain free therapy, so for that reason we will apply anaesthetic beforehand. The treatment does involve an ultra fine needle, but you should just feel a scratch. The blood is not indicative of any pain involved.

There’s no getting away from the fact that seeing your own blood on your face as part of a process that promises to enhance your appearance feels misleading, but it works. Once the initial bleeding has finished (it’s over very quickly) your skin will be working hard to heal itself.

What does it treat?

With fresh skin comes fresh collagen, and collagen is the key to youthful-looking skin. Our collagen production decreases in our late twenties and this is when we start to develop the first hints of fine lines and wrinkles. It stands to reason that once an increase in collagen production has been triggered, our lines and wrinkles will begin to fade.

PRP therapy can reduce sun damage, scars and signs of ageing, giving you a naturally more youthful look, but it’s worth bearing in mind that it is more effective on some people over others.

In order to find out if you’d be a good candidate for PRP therapy and whether or not a vampire facial could significantly turn back the clock on your appearance for you, it’s worth giving us a call to find out more.

If you have a school reunion coming up, an exciting trip, or an important event that gives you a specific date to work towards, please get in touch with us as soon as possible to book your facial. There will be a delay between you having the facial and seeing the results, but if you give us all the necessary details, we’ll do our best to ensure your skin is refreshed and you’re presenting your best self to the world by the date you need that to happen. Please get in touch to book your consultation. 

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