In the body, platelets are responsible for helping the blood clot and they help rebuild damaged tissue. Studies have also shown that platelets can stimulate your stem cells resulting in the growth of new skin. Platelets Rich Plasma (PRP) is concentrated blood plasma that is enriched with platelets. Platelets contain eight potent growth factors that stimulate the healing of soft tissue. PRP is obtained from the patient’s own blood (thus the “vampire” references in the media). About one syringe of blood is drawn from the patient’s arm and placed inside a centrifuge called the Harvest system, which is a device that separates the serum, platelets and white blood cells from the red blood cells. The liquid plasma and the platelets are then collected forming what is called PRP.
The PRP Facelift can be performed using either injection or Micro-Needling. After your free consultation, our surgeon will recommend which PRP treatment method will give you the best results.
After the patient's own blood is placed in the centrifuge and the PRP is extracted. The PRP is then injected into the face by itself or in combination with Juvederm filler. This will fill the sunken areas and stimulate collagen production to create new skin and to reduce fine lines and acne scars. This procedure takes about 45 minute at our clinic. The results should last about 9-12 months but some of the injected fullness may disappear after 3-6 months.
The MicroPen uses a sterile needle-tip containing 12 tiny micro-needles to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin. This initiates the skin’s repair process to naturally produce collagen and elastin, ideal for smoothing fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, traumatic scars, and stretch marks. Micro-channels created by the treatment allow for optimal absorption of topical products and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), enhancing their effects in the deeper layers of skin. Micro-Needling feels similar to sandpaper being moved gently across the skin. Topical numbing may be applied prior to your procedure, but no anesthesia or medications are necessary.
The micro-needling based procedure is producing great results in terms of minimizing the appearance of both scarring and stretch marks:
The skin will be red and flushed, similar to a mild to moderate sunburn, for 1 to 3 days. You may also experience mild swelling, tightness, or mild peeling. These symptoms are temporary and typically resolve within 3 days. Total healing time depends on the depth of the treatment, skin type, and skin condition, and some patients may heal completely in 24 hours.
Patients typically notice an immediate glow, but visible improvement will take about 2-4 weeks and can continue for up to 6 months.
A series of 3-6 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart is ideal for optimal results. Some conditions like deep wrinkles, stretch marks, and acne scars may need 6-8 treatments.