There are many different anti-ageing treatments available to enable women to look fresher and younger for longer- but there is a lot of confusion about what many of them actually are and what effect they have. I asked Dr Daniel Sister pioneer of Dracula Therapy (otherwise known as PRP therapy) , where your own blood is used as part of a rejuvenation treatment to explain exactly what it is and how it can improve skin for women over 50.
What is Dracula Therapy?
It is a 100% natural treatment using the patient’s own plasma. The Plasma contains the essential growth factors to regenerate the skin, hair, even tendons, ligaments, muscles…
What exactly is involved in Dracula Therapy?
I take a small amount of blood (not more than for a blood test), the blood is put in a centrifuged for a specific time, at a specific speed, in order to harvest the viable growth factors. And then the plasma is re-injected WHERE we want to have the beneficial effect.
How long does the consultation/treatment last?
The consultation lasts 30mins, and then the treatment takes about 30mins.
What is the history behind the treatment?
In 1953 two doctors (Dr Stanley Cohen and Dr Rita Levi-Montalcini) discovered two growth factors (neural and epidermal) and were rewarded by a Nobel Prize. Since then over 7000 medical studies in all different fields of medicine validate the treatment
What is the science behind Dracula Therapy?
After the discovery of growth factors, researchers kept working on the subject and we now know of more than 1000 different growth factors. The plasma therapy was shown to reduce healing time by 50% and reducing also hospital stay by 50% when added to the surgery. It was accepted during the last Olympic games for the athletes and not considered as doping.
What’s the difference between Dracula Therapy and a Vampire Facelift?
Vampire is the American copy. Dracula therapy uses different injection protocols, more plasma, deeper injections – there’s more about what makes Dracula Therapy unique here:
What are the main aspects of the face/ageing does it address?
Improving of the dermal/epidermal layer, better collagen, better vascularisation of the skin, stop the bone resorption around the eyes socket and jaw line.
What benefits would someone in their 50s expect to see ?
Better, more radiant, firmer skin. Slowing down the aging process on the face, or hands, knees, elbow, décolleté.
How quickly do you see results?
Improve collagen starts at day 5 after the treatment until day 15 – so 2 weeks to see full results.
How long do the results last for?
Depending on the patient’s lifestyle, age, skin problem etc – an average of 6 months when injected following the specific protocol.
Does the effect look ‘natural’ or can you tell that you have had a treatment?
How much blood is taken?
Are there any risks?
None whatsoever! No one can be allergic to their own blood, and it was proven that the growth factors would/could not penetrate the cell neither create any DNA mutation.
Is it a standalone treatment or is it normally used in conjunction with something else?
Standalone or after laser, after chemical peels. It also can be mixed with hyaluronic acid, vitamins/ mineral cocktail.
Is there any downtime?
As with many cosmetic treatments patients may experience some swelling, redness or bruising, but these are generally minimal. Patients generally experience no downtime and get back to work and socialising immediately.
Is it suited to everyone?
Are there medical conditions exclude some people from being suitable?
Septicaemia (but who will be willing when being treated for septicaemia), or cancer. And pregnant women should not be treated.
How much typically does the treatment cost?
I have not had this treatment myself, but would like to thank Kellie Hill (known as @bigfashionista) on twitter for allowing us to share pictures taken during her treatment.