PRP Facial (Vampire Lift): Benefits, Costs, Risks and more

Do you have facial wrinkles or lines that you want to get rid of without surgery? PRP Facial, aka Vampire Facial or Vampire Lift may just be your answer.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Facials are becoming widely popular in Kenya, because of their role in wound healing. They are also commonly used in facial skin rejuvenation.

PRP Facial also known as “Vampire Facial” or “Vampire Lift” works through the high formation of platelets, helping the release of growth factors and active proteins that promote wound healing in your skin.

If you’re considering getting a PRP Facial in Kenya, here’s what you should know.

What is the PRP Procedure for the Face?

PRP facial treatment is not a cosmetic, but rather a medical procedure, where a sample of your blood would be taken and isolated into protein-rich plasma and platelets to create the PRP.

A centrifuge is spun around to extract protein-rich plasma. The result is later concentrated and called platelet-rich plasma. The high levels of growth factors accumulated in the PRP will help skin to heal. Dermatologists use PRP to promote the growth of collagen, then used in Facial Rejuvenation as well as a possible treatment for hair loss, while orthopedics use PRP to help heal joints in the knees, ankles and elbows.

PRP treatment is 3-step process that involves:

  • Blood drawn from your arm.
  • Then it’s placed into a machine that spins and separates the platelets from the rest.
  • PRP is then re-injected into your skin.

This process takes around 45 minutes to one hour.

Types of PRP Facials?

PRP Facial procedure can be performed in two ways.

One way, the PRP is spread into your facial skin, after which micro-needling is performed across the forehead and cheeks helping your skin absorb active proteins. Micro-needling, also known as collagen induction therapy is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure for your skin, that is used to encourage collagen production using small, sterilized needles Both micro-needling and PRP will stimulate collagen growth.

Another option is called the Vampire Facial or Vampire Lift. During Vampire Lift procedure the plasma is injected into the facial skin like a filler.

PRP Facial Benefits

So what does PRP do for your face? PRP Facial procedure can help patients deal with facial wrinkles, scars or sun damage. Injected PRP helps promote cell proliferation, which results in an increase in elastin and collagen production. After recovery your skin will look tighter, smoother and fuller.

Benefits of PRP Facial include:

  • Reduces facial wrinkles
  • Reduces sagging skin
  • Better skin elasticity
  • Improves skin complexion
  • Deals with acne scars

What are the precautions for Facial PRP?

The PRP Facial procedure is generally safe.

The biggest risks might arise if your blood is handled unprofessionally. It is extremely important that the blood removed from your body is kept sterile. Poor handling might create serious issues for your health, including infection.

It is very important that you choose only a licensed medical provider or plastic surgeon for platelet-rich plasma facial procedure. Medically trained professionals are the only ones, who qualify to legally and safely perform the PRP procedure.

You may have a bit of pain, swelling or bruising after the procedure, however these tend to go away within a few days.

Who should avoid PRP?

As mentioned above, PRP is considered safe for most people, however it is not recommended for those who have one or more of the medical conditions below:

  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Any type of blood cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease, which requires taking a blood thinner
  • Skin cancer in the area to be treated

These conditions impact your platelets, making them unable to deliver the expected results.

How many PRP sessions are needed for face?

Generally, most patients will see best results after few weeks to months and they had 3 or more treatments.

If you’re looking for more immediate results, doctor will inject a filler along with the PRP.
Those who opt for the Vampire Facial (Vampire Lift), the best results will appear after a number of treatments given 4 to 6 weeks apart. Maintenance procedures may be needed later.

It is important to have realistic expectations for non-invasive procedures like PRP Facials. It is different from a Facelift, hence the results cannot be the same. During consultation, the doctor can help you decide which procedures are best for you.

How long do PRP Facial results last?

PRP Facial results can last as long as 18 months.

How much does PRP Facial cost in Kenya?

PRP Facial treatment cost in Kenya can be estimated at KES40,000 – KES80,000 for each session.

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