Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
If you do not wish to rely on a substance or undergo surgery to make your face appear more youthful, you may be interested in undergoing a PRP facelift.
A PRP facelift uses your own blood, which is then treated and injected back into the skin on your face. This treatment helps to improve the texture of your skin and can treat fine lines and wrinkles.
Prior to having the facelift, blood will be drawn from your arm, much like having a blood test. Next, the blood is spun in a centrifugation system, which splits the platelet-rich-plasma from the rest of the elements in the blood. Using tiny needles, or microneedling, the PRP is then injected into the skin in the face.
Injecting PRP into the face helps to boost collagen production, which helps to produce new cells, and makes the skin appear more youthful.
A PRP facelift is suitable for those who wish to treat:
It is a suitable procedure for those who do not wish to inject a foreign substance into their skin. Injecting your own blood ensures you will not have any adverse reactions.
Those who will not be able to have a PRP facelift include those who have bleeding disorders, clotting problems or have a low platelet count.
You will have a consultation with a surgeon who will assess whether or not you are a suitable candidate for this procedure.
A PRP facelift is a non-surgical day case, so you will be able to return home once the procedure has finished.
Prior to the procedure, the surgeon will apply numbing cream to your face. This may take around 40 minutes for your face to be fully numbed.
A needle will be used to take blood from your arm.
The blood will then be placed into the centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich-plasma and red blood cells.
Small needles are then used to inject the blood into your face. As numbing cream has been applied to your face, you should not experience any pain throughout the procedure.
The PRP facelift may take around one hour to complete.
This is a non-surgical procedure, so there will be very little recovery time. You will be able to return home the same day and resume your usual day-to-day routine.
You may experience redness, swelling, dryness and bruising across the face as a result of the needles. You may wish to apply ice to the face to help reduce any swelling. These symptoms should pass within a few days.
It will take around four weeks for results to be noticeable, with the most improvements becoming apparent after six to 12 weeks. You should expect to see an improvement in skin texture and tone, as well as looking more youthful and rejuvenated.
A PRP Facelift is otherwise known as platelet-rich-plasma facelift or a ‘vampire facelift’.
A PRP Facelift is a non-surgical procedure which involves using your own blood, which is then treated and injected into the face.
The PRP which is injected into your face stimulates the collagen production, which stimulates the production of new cells. This improves the texture of the skin, making you appear more youthful.
A PRP Facelift is suitable for those who are looking to improve the appearance of their face, without needing to resort to a surgical facelift or using foreign substances.
If you are wanting to treat fine lines, wrinkles, slight sagging, acne or cellulite, you may wish to undergo a PRP Facelift.
You will not be able to have a PRP Facelift if you have any bleeding disorders, clotting problems or a low platelet count.
Your face will be lathered with a numbing cream prior to the treatment starting. This will help to ensure you do not feel any pain throughout the procedure.
You can start to see results after four weeks, with more improvements becoming noticeable from six to 12 weeks.
Treatment should last for around 12 months.