The “angel” or “vampire” facelift is a cutting-edge procedure that draws on the body’s own ‘anti-ageing serum’, known as platelet-rich plasma (PRP), to revitalise and restore your youthful complexion. Our clinics have seen astounding results in our patients after as little as one PRP treatment, and, unlike anti-wrinkle injections or fillers, PRP therapies tend to continue producing visible improvements as the body regenerates its own collagen and elastin. Because the process enables your skin to rejuvenate itself over an extended period, the treatment is also one of the most cost-effective anti-ageing procedures on the market today.
We recommend treatment be administered over the course of three monthly visits. We also suggest patients undergo maintenance visits two to three times a year following the initial procedure.
HOW IT WORKS:
Platelet-rich plasma contains high concentrations of skin growth factors, which accelerate the natural healing process of the skin. However, our PRP differs entirely from other (cheaper) treatments that are currently available. Our clinics use a sophisticated system that separates the red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets into isolated compartments, which allows clinicians to develop unique formulas designed to target specific conditions.
In order to facilitate the effective activation of stem cells, the injected PRP concentration must be four to six times the patient’s entire platelet count. Our system achieves this benchmark and delivers measureable results using a double-spin centrifuge system. Although there are a number of inferior centrifuge systems on the market, we at Medical Aesthetic Laser Clinics invest in only the best centrifuge techniques, which, in turn, enables us to deliver quality results to our clients.
The angel/vampire facelift is one of the most advanced clinical practices of all time. Be aware that the PRP treatment itself must be performed by an experienced clinician, in a medical facility and under strict sterile conditions. PRP is not a beauty therapy treatment, nor is it a “standard” cosmetic procedure. Platelets are, by nature, very fragile, and much therefore be injected with extreme care and precision.
What is PRP?
PRP is plasma that’s been enriched with blood platelets. Plasma is the straw-coloured liquid that contains other components of the blood, including red and white blood cells and platelets. Platelets are tiny bodies that help blood to clot and wounds to heal.
How is PRP created?
PRP is derived from the patient’s own blood. During the procedure, the patient provides the clinic with some of their blood, which is then placed in a centrifuge. The spinning action of the centrifuge separates the platelets from the other blood material, and the platelets are then added to the plasma. When the PRP is ready to use, it will have several times as many platelets as would be found in untreated blood.
Why is the amount of platelets important?
A higher concentration of platelets encourages PRP growth factors such as:
Interleukin 8 (a growth factor for connective tissue)
Insulin-like growth factors (1 and 2)
A special fibroblast growth factor
A highly-effective connective tissue growth factor
Various epidermal growth factors
When was the PRP treatment first used?
PRP therapy was first used in 1987 during a heart surgery. The treatment’s popularity has grown steadily since the 1990s.
What else is PRP used for?
PRP treatments are used to treat arthritis, chronic pain, dentistry complications, sports injuries and bone fractures. PRP therapies are also used to treat hair loss (there’s evidence that PRP stimulates hair growth in men with pattern baldness). Scientists believe this happens because PRP causes the body to generate special cells called keratinocytes, which promote the growth of blood vessels in the patient’s hair follicles.
How much blood is taken during therapy?
The nurse will need varying amounts of blood depending on the individual treatment.
Is there a risk of rejection?
There’s no risk of rejection as the PRP comes directly from the patient’s blood.
Are there any side effects?
Some people may feel tenderness or pain near the injection site. There may also be some discolouration of the skin. The injection area can become infected, but this occurrence is very rare. Plus, any and all side effects can be managed fairly easily.
Who is a good candidate for PRP?
A good candidate for PRP is a person who is in overall good health and has realistic expectations about what PRP can do. Candidacy also depends on the specific procedure. For example, a person who wants to undergo PRP treatments for hair loss should have naturally thinning hair and a good number of active hair follicles.
Please note that a person with a severe case of osteoarthritis is probably not a good candidate for PRP and should avoid treatment.
Can a pregnant woman use PRP therapy?
Yes. Since her own blood would be used during treatment, the procedure would not be harmful to her or the baby.
What’s the difference between PRP and stem-cell therapy?
Stem cells are cells found in cord blood, fat and bone marrow that can turn into other types of cells if they are transplanted into an area of the body. Like PRP, they are rich in growth factors, and the body doesn’t reject them. However, stem cells are trickier and more powerful. They require a longer preparation period but they pack a stronger punch. Think of them more as rebuilders rather than as growth-stimulators—better for serious injuries and severe damage.
What is an “angel” or “vampire” facelift?
The so-called “angel” or “vampire” facelift refers to the process by which PRP is injected into the face to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. The injections are often administered in combination with dermal fillers such as hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that helps to keep skin hydrated.
How long does an angel/vampire facelift session last?
Depending on the number (and depth) of wrinkles and skin lines, an angel or vampire facelift can last between 45 and 60 minutes. Much of this time is spent spinning the blood in the centrifuge, however. The treatment itself lasts about 15 to 30 minutes.
How much does PRP treatment cost?
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