PRP is a treatment with seemingly endless areas for application – from turning back the clock on ageing to helping with sexual dysfunction. And that’s just the start.
Using the body’s own natural resources, PRP (platelet-rich plasma) works by literally drawing on your own blood and re-injecting higher concentrations of blood platelets, which release growth factors to the treatment site and stimulate new cell growth and regeneration.
The Vampire Facelift in Victoria
The evolution of PRP for aesthetic treatment is the trademark Vampire Facelift developed by Dr Charles Runels in the US. It’s become a popular skin rejuvenation treatment around the world, no doubt bolstered by its celebrity clientele (just Google it to watch Kim K having one).
The Vampire Facelift is a unique treatment that uses a combination of strategically placed hyaluronic acid gel dermal fillers for structure, and PRP overlay for enhancement of the skin. This results in a natural-looking restoration of facial volume and shape, without looking overdone. “When I treat someone’s face, I make them look five years younger, but importantly they’re not frozen in time. We just reset the clock,” says Dr. Nhi at Fountain of Youth Medical Spa.
The improvement is gradual and results are cumulative. Usually a course of three to four treatments over a four to six months are required, with a single top-up treatment once or twice a year. In the first part of the Vampire Facelift procedure, the practitioner strategically injects filler to achieve a more sculpted and contoured face –while still keeping the shape natural. Next he or she harvests your own blood growth factors (hence the name Vampire), which your body would normally use to heal damaged tissue.
“To do this, a numbing cream is applied to the face, blood is drawn and then it takes about 5-10 minutes to process the blood. We then extract the platelets from the blood and put it into a syringe and it is injected after the filler is used to sculpt the face,”
Dr Nhi explains.
This platelet-rich plasma improves the tone, texture and luminosity of the skin, as well as reducing pore size, and improving the fine crepey skin around the eyes.
“We can go places with PRP that we can’t go with filler, for example, we can use the plasma around the eye area,” says Dr Runels. “The end result is a beautifully sculpted face with a nice colour and textural improvement.”
Everyone’s talking PRP
This is an area of medicine that is seriously growing. Every year PRP is attracting more practitioners and patients because of the regenerative results it produces and increased knowledge about the virtually limitless potentials in how it can be used.
In September 2016 hundreds of doctors met in Italy to share, learn and workshop the regenerative and aesthetic capabilities of PRP at the annual Biobridge Conference. Two local doctors, Dr Abbas Al-Taiff and Dr Robin Chok, were among the attendees.
“PRP’s role in internal and external wellness is developing – and it’s endless. In the musculoskeletal system it has a very widerange of applications and indications. For aesthetic medicine it has a promising future for the management of a variety of appearance and medical and/or cosmetic issues, including sexual medicine,” says Dr Al-Taiff.
“Regenerative medicine is an exciting field, promising successful results. It needs proper training, motivated professionals and appropriate candidates. Our mission is to overcome many health issues with our own cells,” he says.
Since the advent of worldwide interest in the Vampire Facelift, and especially amongst the A-listers, there has been a growing demand than ever for PRP procedures.
“RegenLab Biobridge Conference 2016 has been the most exciting congress of experts from all over the world to discuss the regenerative medical powers of PRP,” says Dr Chok. “Regenerative medicine is rapidly becoming the norm, as we continue to have a better understanding of how we can preserve our body function with our own body tissue. Only with our own DNA stimulation and reactivation is it possible to fight ageing and also many illnesses that even modern medicine has not been able to treat.”
“With the advent of 3D tissue printing I believe regenerative medicine will truly take off to a whole new dimension, as we will have tissue that is much more bio-compatible to our body’s biophysical function. Advanced processing of biomaterials such as calcium and silk are being looked into now – the future is definitely brighter and not too far away,” Dr Chok concludes.
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