Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy goes by nickname PRP or the quirkier term “vampire facelift” because of its “bloody” origins. Platelet rich plasma is blood plasma that’s been enriched with an above average concentration of platelets, which acts as a unique therapy treatment to heal wounded or soft tissues in the body. Studies suggest that growth factors released by platelets recruit reparative cells, may augment tissue repair, and accelerate soft tissue healing. This healing not only promotes new cell growth but also acts as a rejuvenating therapy for the skin. This is because the cells in the blood are separated from the platelets, which are then injected back into the surface of the skin to stimulate collagen growth. PRP therapy has been gaining in popularity since the 1990s and has been applied in many medical fields including cosmetic surgery, dentistry, sports medicine and pain management.
In the field of aesthetics, PRP therapy is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles in the face caused by the lack of collagen in the skin. As we age, the soft tissues in our skin begin to deteriorate, causing a loose and flabby look. The use of platelet rich plasma can have incredible effects, including the minimization of acne scarring, stimulation of collagen growth and tightening/toning of the skin.
An ideal candidate should be relatively healthy and not taking blood thinners. A patient will also have to avoid all anti-inflammatory medications for 7 days prior to procedure. This includes prescription anti-inflammatory medications as well as over the counter naproxen, aspirin, and ibuprofen. When deciding whether or not platelet rich plasma therapy is right for you, take into consideration all of your cosmetic wants and needs and discuss them with your mia Aesthetics doctor during a consultation. If you want to achieve a youthful, rejuvenated look without resorting to harsh chemicals and toxins or invasive surgery, PRP therapy might be your option. Because this therapy uses your own blood and injects the plasma back into your skin, there are no foreign cells entering your complexion or altering the chemical composition of your skin. An ideal candidate for PRP is someone who wants youthful results in the most natural, organic way possible.
Just like a typical blood draw at a blood bank or doctor’s office, a small amount of blood will be taken from the patient by syringe. Once the blood has been collected, it is immediately placed in the centrifuge to extract the Platelet Rich Plasma by separating the platelets in the blood from the blood itself. Once that happens, it is very easy to extract a clear fluid called plasma. This is the fluid that will be enriched with the platelets that were separated and will then be prepared as an injection. It is put into a small insulin needle and injected back into the skin. Although this therapy bears some resemblance to Botox, this injection will be relatively painless.
Because there are no chemicals being placed into the skin, chances are slim that you will face any kind of reaction from the injection itself. Swelling is common due to the fact that the skin is being touched and poked by a small needle, but this should fade within an hour or two. Some patients report pain or stiffness that lasts no more than 3 days.
Is a vampire facelift better than traditional facelifts?
Depending on your cosmetic wants and needs, a vampire facelift can offer more benefits than a traditional facelift. For example, a traditional facelifts consists of surgical alterations to the skin on the face and requires ample down time to recover. By contrast, a vampire facelift is relatively painless, involves no surgery whatsoever and does not inject chemicals into the skin. On the other hand, the results of a traditional facelift last many years, while PRP’s results could last for less than a year, depending on the individual. PRP is also more affordable than a traditional facelift.
Are there really no side effects to a platelet rich plasma procedure?
The side effects of PRP therapy are minimal and pose no harm to a patient. These side effects can range from swelling to irritation and a sensation of itching in the face. In very rare cases, bruising can occur from the skin’s reaction to the physical injection itself.
How long will the results of a platelet rich plasma therapy or vampire facelift last?
Each time an individual undergoes a treatment or therapy session, they will enjoy results that last between 9 to 24 months. This is not a once in a lifetime treatment but can generate incredible results for a relatively long amount of time.
Is there any downtime with the vampire facelift?
Absolutely not. The most beneficial part of a vampire facelift is the fact that it is a nonsurgical procedure and does not require any recuperation period. This means you can have a short therapy session and go back to work in the next hour. Because this is a noninvasive procedure, you won’t have any bruising or pain, but you will feel a tightening sensation in the skin. It’s a sign that the platelets are having an effect on the skin.
How exactly does the vampire facelift work?
The vampire facelift is a noninvasive procedure that does not involve the use of any chemical or toxic medications or injections. Instead of having surgery on the face to tighten and lift the skin, a vampire facelift only uses the platelets in the plasma of your own blood. By doing this, the chances of an allergic reaction are minimized and the body absorbs only the biological make up of its own blood. The plasma tightens and rejuvenates skin by promoting collagen production.
Is the vampire facelift safer than most lifting procedures?
Although the name may sound a bit frightening, this procedure is extremely effective and safe due to the fact that your own blood is being used to stimulate cell growth and rejuvenation. This is the only 100% natural way to lift and promote skin tightening in the cosmetic industry and is virtually painless. This procedure creates no scars & no need for downtime to recuperate, unlike traditional facelifts or even Botox. Since the primary “medicine” being injected in the patient’s face is the platelets from their own blood, an allergic reaction is highly unlikely.