Written by Dr Marisa Heyns – MBChB (UCT), MSc Aesthetic Medicine and Therapeutics
- WHAT ARE PRP REJUVENATION TREATMENTS?
The Vampire Facial has become synonymous with the Kardashians’ and other uber conscious fashionistas’ beauty treatments. For most of the clients that know me, I tend to err on the side of caution with treatments that create such hype, and I rather refer to what science tells us. Fortunately, in this case, the science does not lie, and as an aesthetic practitioner with a passion for regenerative aesthetic treatments, I cannot promote this truly rejuvenating treatment enough to all of my clients.
PRP treatments have become a popular choice among aesthetic clients seeking to rejuvenate their skin in the most natural and chemically free manner possible. The technique involves the use of one’s own platelets found in our blood plasma, to initiate a truly innate regenerative process that will rejuvenate one’s skin tissues. Since the process involves the use of the individuals own blood, there are no contraindications or adverse reactions that can take place.
- WHAT IS PRP
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) refers to the component of plasma which become concentrated with platelets when the blood is spun down in a centrifuge. With centrifugation red blood cells are separated from the plasma and platelets and white blood cells. Following a second centrifuge process, platelets are then further concentrated within the plasma
- HOW DOES PRP REJUVENATE MY SKIN and OTHER TISSUES IN THE BODY?
Platelets are involved in various processes in our body. One of them is a vital process of wound healing. When platelets are activated at wound sites within the body, they release growth factors (chemical signalling molecules) that activate surrounding fibroblasts or ‘factory cells’ to produce new structural cells such as collagen, hyaluronic acid and at the same time chemical signalling mechanisms that are activated by the release of platelets and its constituents also cause the formation of new blood vessels in the area. This formation called neovascularization, improve oxygen-enriched blood flow and nutrients to the area, thus optimizing the tissue environment allowing it to function optimally and look its best.
- WHAT DOES THE PROCESS ENTAIL?
In preparation for this treatment, I draw a small amount of blood (20mls) form the client’s forearm and one collected spin it down in a special PRP centrifuge in order to separate the platelet containing plasma from the red blood cells.
In the meantime, the area to be treated will be with a topical anaesthetic ointment.
Once the PRP is extracted, the plasma is injected into the skin or tissue of choice via tiny skin pricks.
- WHICH AREAS CAN BE TREATED?
- Scalp treatments for Hair loss
Hair loss does not only affect men, but it also is concern among women and can have a major negative psychological impact on ones self esteem. I have found that PRP treatments have shown amazing results in its ability to regenerate and optimize the function of existing hair follicles in the scalp to produce an increase hair quantity and quality as well as slowing down the rate of hair loss.
- Face, Neck, Décolletage, Back of hands
Performing this treatment on a daily basis, I am wowed, each time by the amazing transformation I see in my clients’ skin within a couple of weeks. PRP treatments aka ‘ Vampire Facials ‘ are excellent choices to use to improve the quality of the skin resulting in an improved complexion with even tone, hydration and luminescence, as well as the improvement of superficial acne scars and pigmentation.
- Intimate areas
As women, we rarely discuss issues outside the bedroom, especially when it comes to our sexual health. But many women silently struggle with issues such as low libido, lack of moisture and inability to achieve an orgasm. This could have a negative impact on how we feel about ourselves especially in our most intimate moments. Treatments with PRP aka “The O shot” have been found to not only restore the normal vaginal tissues leaving it plump with improved lubrication but also improve the sensitivity within the tissues
- Scars and stretch marks
As mentioned, platelets are vital in the process of wound healing. PRP can also play a role in the improvement if existing scars and stretchmarks – through increased collagen production and improved blood flow and nourishment of the area.
- HOW MANY TREATMENTS?
Depending on the degree of rejuvenation required treatments protocols can vary from 3 treatments monthly or form part of a more comprehensive treatment plan
- WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING AND AFTER MY TREATMENT
Depending on the area, treatments with PRP can vary in time from 5 min to 30 min. Let’s be honest, the idea of having multiple tiny injections into the skin is not pleasant on. However, your practitioner will do his or her’s utmost to ensure you are comfortable, relaxed and relatively pain-free as possible. There are many ways to alleviate distress. Feel free to speak to us regarding pain management options.
- WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?
Treatments to the face will result in a more youthful, even, brightened and health skin tone with improvement of minor superficial blemishes and lesions
Treatment involving the scalp will result in improved hair growth and decreased hair loss with results evident within 3-6 months
Treatments involving vaginal rejuvenation will result in improved sensitivity, lubrication and general improvement in the vaginal mucosa