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Blood Facial, or PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Facelift

Blood Facial, or PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Facelift

(Platelet Rich Plasma Facelift, PRP Facial, Vampire Facial®, Vampire Facelift®)

PRP is a treatment where the Growth Factor rich Platelets in your blood are extracted and concentrated before being injected, into the scalp.

PRP contains essential proteins and growth factors that stimulate natural hair growth. The platelets in the PRP can be understood best as balloons full of many growth factors and cell growth signalling proteins (Cytokines), which will act as a fertilizer for hair follicles.

PRP serves to promote the growth of hair by stimulating the stem cells located in the dermal papilla along with the other cell structures present in the hair follicle. PRP cannot cause the growth of new hair follicles once they have died or where they have not existed before.

The PRP specific growth factors or proteins that induce hair growth include:

Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF)- promotes blood vessel growth, cell replication & skin formation

Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)- promotes blood vessel formation

Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)- promotes cell growth and differentiation, blood vessel formation and collagen formation

Fibroblast Growth Factor – 2 (FGF-2)- promotes the growth of specialized cells and blood vessel formation

Insulin-like Growth Factor – (IGF)- a regulator of normal physiology in nearly every type of cell in the body

Due to the natural variation in the quality of platelet-rich plasma, results will vary between individuals.

Multiple sessions of treatment are needed to establish and maintain the results of this treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the contraindications to PRP treatment?

You can’t have the treatment.

  • If you suffer from, autoimmune illness, HIV, Hepatitis, or if you take any immunosuppressive medicines or chemotherapy.
  • If you have any ongoing infections or are taking any antibiotics. Please discuss all of your medications with the doctor, as the quality of PRP can be affected by many factors and medicines.
  • Abnormalities of blood clotting, including low platelet counts or platelet dysfunctions. Patients taking blood-thinning medications.
  • Injection site infections.
  • Pregnancy.

What are the Pre-Treatment Instructions for PRP?

If you are a smoker, you need to stop smoking for at least 2-3 weeks before and after your PRP treatment, as smoking impairs your body’s ability to heal and impairs cellular growth. Passive Smoking, Chewing Tobacco, E-Cigarettes, Nicotine patches and gum ARE ALL TO BE AVOIDED, to ensure the best results of your treatment. Avoid or reduce the intake of Alcohol a week prior to surgery, to nil or less than 2-3 drinks per week.

If you should get a pimple, rash, infection on your face, or a rash or infection in the area to be treated, please contact the doctor immediately so that you can be treated. If you don’t contact us, it could result in the cancellation of your treatment session.

While you can continue taking essential medicine such as blood pressure tablets, Thyroid pills discuss the use of any medication or supplements you regularly take with your surgeon or attending physician. It is also fine to continue with Iron and Vitamin D3 and B12 if you are taking them.

We encourage our patients to take a Vitamin C + Zinc supplement to deliver 1 gms Vitamin C every day for 2 – 3 weeks before and after the treatment.

What are the things to avoid before PRP treatment?

Anti-inflammatory medication, Blood-thinning medication, Cold or Flu medication. You can take a prescribed analgesic if you need to take it quite safely. Avoid the following Herbal or Vitamin preparations at least 2 weeks prior to and 1 week after your treatment: CBD Oil, Vaping with or without Nicotine, Vitamin E, Gingko, Evening Primrose Oil, Ginseng, Garlic, Fish Oil tablets (more than 1 gm Omega 3/day). Avoid sun exposure and getting a suntan for a minimum of 1 week before your treatment. You can continue to use your hair loss treatments, like minoxidil, laser treatment and hormone-blocking tablets before treatment. Being well hydrated is important, and we encourage you to drink about 8 glasses of water in addition to any other fluids you drink. Stop Hair Colouring a week before treatment.

What Care should I take on the day of the PRP treatment?

Shampoo your hair thoroughly and don’t apply any conditioner or oil following this. Don’t apply any styling products or gels to your hair.

If you wear a hair system, please remove it prior to the shampooing and don’t wear it when you come to the clinic for your treatment, you can cover the scalp with a clean disposable hair net and a baseball cap on top (please get a couple of spare hair nets to wear after your treatment).

Apply the numbing cream to the area to be treated for an hour before the treatment. You can pick up the EMLA cream (5 gms) or LMX4 (5 gms) numbing creams from any pharmacy, without needing a prescription. Please don’t come for your treatment on an empty stomach, eat a light meal and drink 500ml of water 2 hours before your treatment.

What Care should I take after PRP treatment?

Don’t wet your hair for 3-4 hours after treatment, after that period please take a hot shower and shampoo (with a pH balanced shampoo) the scalp, in the evening. Don’t use any hair products till the next day.

For the first 2 days: avoid heavy exercise, saunas, steam rooms, swimming, and heat exposure; also avoid minoxidil application (you can restart from the 3rd day following treatment). Stay well hydrated for the week following the treatment.

Avoid taking blood-thinning supplements like Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Gingko, Garlic, Flax, Cod Liver Oil, Essential Fatty acids, for a week following your treatment. Continue to anti-inflammatory medications for 3 days after your procedure (if possible, try for 7 days).

What should I expect after the PRP treatment?

You can expect to see a degree of swelling in the treated area, including the face, this will progressively reduce over the following days. Some patients can experience a transient headache after the treatment.

It is normal to expect some bruising, redness, itching, tingling and pain in the treated area for the first 5 – 7 days. While you can take analgesics to ease the discomfort, please contact our doctor if the discomfort is severe or unusual.

Patients with very thick skin can sometimes bruise badly at the site of the blood draw; this will settle on its own.

Contact the Office Immediately if any of the Following Signs of Infection Occur:

  • Drainage – looks like pus
  • Increased warmth at or around the treated area
  • Fever of 101.5 degrees or greater
  • Severe pain that is unresponsive to over-the-counter pain relievers.

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Disclaimer: The content on this website is purely generated for awareness and educating purposes only. This shall not be considered as a substitute for professional advice or prescription. Every individual and their case is different, so the results mentioned on the website may vary from person to person.

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