PRP treatment is a cutting edge therapy that has proven to be an effective way to treat wounds as well as tissue and bone injuries. It has more recently been discovered to be an excellent skin rejuvenation procedure. Dermatologists are using it with increased regularity both in conjunction with treatments and also in lieu of them. For instance, instead of a traditional face lift, many dermatologists are beginning to offer a PRP only facelift.
A PRP Treatment for Face Lift is a very simple but effective procedure. To begin, a dermatologist will draw a small amount of blood from the patient. This blood is placed in a centrifuge machine that spins it down so that the blood components are separated. Whole blood is made up of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets suspended in plasma. The platelets are removed and then injected into the face, specifically those parts that a patient wants rejuvenated. Aged, wrinkled, and dull skin are generally the targeted spots for rejuvenating the face.
A PRP injection for a facelift is a newer procedure. However, it is quickly gaining popularity amongst both dermatologists and patients. This is because it has proven in many cases to be effective. It is also a simple and non-invasive procedure. Few dermatological procedures can make such a claim.
Blood platelets are central to the effectiveness of PRP therapy because they contain growth factors and other proteins. Growth factors help to jumpstart the healing of soft tissue damage. It also helps to stimulate the growth of collagen.
Once the growth factors are injected into the face, it begins to naturally rejuvenate itself. The results are quite noticeable for many. The effects of Dracula Therapy typically last up to one year.
A PRP treatment for facelift may be a good option for individuals who want to fill in wrinkles as well as fill in sunken parts of the face naturally without the use of synthetic fillers. Because PRP therapy uses the body’s own concentrated healing components, patients are attracted to this procedure. There is also no allergic reactions and the side effects, if any, are minimal. Most individuals won’t experience negative side effects or complications.
A facelift can also be considered a surgical procedure. Surgical facelift procedures can be very invasive. Incisions will be made, skin may be excised, pulled back, and sutured down to get the perfect cosmetic look. Prp can also be extremely beneficial when applied during a surgical facelift.
Spraying prp to the suture lines and to the underside of facial flaps can increase the likelihood of accelerated wound healing which then leads to less scarring. Less blood loss, reduced swelling, and decreased bruising around the face is also noticed when prp is applied to patients who receive this procedure. Some physicians find that they are able to remove sutures a few days ahead of schedule when prp is applied to the suture lines.
In addition, the need for closed suction drains can be eliminated which adds to patient satisfaction. The aforementioned are all very positive results when using prp with a surgical facelift procedure. The skill and ability of the physician will play perhaps the biggest role in how the procedure turns out. If a surgeon does not do a good job, the outcome will likely be unnatural and unattractive. A patient who undergoes a surgical facelift may also experience nerve damage, reduced feeling and loss of movement in the face. Surgical complications might also occur.
There are few risks and complications associated with a PRP facelift. This is in large part due to the blood platelets utilized in the procedure. The concentrated platelets used in this type of facelift come naturally from the patient. Subsequently, the body will not reject them. Secondly, only an injection is required. No incisions are made or skin removed. A PRP facelift results in less blood loss, scarring, bruising and pain. The recovery period is also much faster.
Overall, a PRP facelift is minimally invasive and considered to be quite safe. It also allows dermatologists to achieve a different look then one achieved via a surgical facelift. PRP helps to rejuvenate and enhance the skin. It also improves volume.
PRP facelifts are commonly used to approve the appearance of glabellar lines, marionette lines, nasolabial folds, crow’s feet, smile lines, forehead lines, and vertical lip lines. It is also an effective treatment for acne scars. Results are noticeable after a few weeks.
A PRP procedure takes about 20 minutes. Either platelets retrieved via whole blood (the patient’s own) is used or a product such as Selphyl is utilized. The latter is a platelet rich fibrin matrix. Prior to the injection, someone will clean the skin and numb it in preparation for the injection. This may be done with a spray or topical solution. Sometimes a shot will be given for this purpose. After the platelets have been injected into the skin, the doctor will place a cool compress on the injection site(s).
Post procedure, the area where the platelets have been injected may turn red. However it quickly dissipates. Some people will experience mild inflammation. A patient should begin to see noticeable changes in their appearance in about 1 to 2 weeks. Because the body is responsible for the rejuvenation, the results are very natural looking.
Patients may or may not experience any pain after the procedure. If they do, it typically isn’t severe. It can usually be successfully treated with a mild over-the-counter pain reliever. A doctor may prescribe medication for this purpose.
The cost of Dracula Therapy, on average, costs between $1000 and $1500. This is relatively affordable and much more so than a surgical facelift, which can be at least three times more expensive.