PRP & i-PRF
PRP & i-PRF are innovative treatments which deliver gentle, gradual and long lasting results.
You might have heard of PRP, also known as the “vampire facial”
The treatment is popular with celebrities and featured in an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
The treatment requires a blood sample from the patient which is spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelet rich plasma. PRP can result in in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, a minimised appearance of scars (for example acne scars), and a general improvement to skin tone and texture. The treatment can also be effective for treating lines around the mouth, under eye bags, dark circles and crepey skin.
What is i-PRF?
i-PRF stands for injectable platelet rich fibrin. It is a unique technique that uses the patient’s own blood plasma for rejuvenation. Blood plasma is enriched with platelets (a source of healing proteins and growth factors), fibrins (the wound healing and regeneration matrix) and stem cells (the conductors of our body’s own healing and regeneration modules).
PRF is injected directly into the areas of concern via a thin needle (similar to Mesotherapy), which activates accelerated healing and regeneration. New fibroblasts, collagen and elastin tissues are formed following injection which improves skin elasticity and complexion.
i-PRF has a gentle and gradual effect, but is long-lasting.
How is i-PRF treatment performed?
- A sample of blood is collected from the patients arm.
- Your blood sample is spun in a centrifuge to separate platelets/fibrin.
- The platelet rich fibrin is extracted from the test tube.
- It is injected into the patient where required.
What can i-PRF treat?
- Stretch marks
- Hair loss/thinning
- Skin rejuvenation
- Joint and soft tissue disorders such as tennis elbow and plantar fasciitis
i-PRF can also be useful for enhancing results and reducing downtime of other procedures.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will it hurt?
i-PRF is not considered painful. However, some patients do experience minor discomfort because it is an injectable treatment.
Are there any side effects of i-PRF?
Because i-PRF uses your own blood cells, the risks of adverse reaction or complication are extremely low. Some patients may experience bruising at the injection site, but this should subside quickly.
How soon will I notice results?
Changes begin in a matter of hours. For injections to joints, improvements are expected to start within weeks. Results can vary, in part due to the number and quality of platelets in the patient’s blood.
How long do the results last?
Results are dependent on medical and lifestyle factors, but usually last between 18 months and 2 years, although this can vary between treatment areas. Dr Kathryn recommends a top-up treatment after 1 year.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments required will be based upon the area to be treated and the severity of the concern. Some problems may need between 3 and 5 sessions at 4-6 week intervals. Joint injections are a single treatment which can be repeated after 3 months.
Are there any reasons I can't have i-PRF?
If any of the following situations or health conditions apply to you, you would not be suitable for this treatment.
- Pregnant or breast-feeding
- Undergoing anticoagulant therapy, such as warfarin
- Any medical condition having a significant effect on platelet function
- Haemodynamic instability
- Acute or chronic infections
Find out more about i-PRF with Dr Kathryn by contacting Real You on 020 8901 6444 or email us at email@example.com
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