PRP Facial Rejuvenation
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been used in facial rejuvenation around the world since 2006. This anti-wrinkle treatment is ideal for individuals looking for gradual but noticeable improvement in skin texture, tone, and color with minimal or no recovery time. This revolutionary natural procedure offers incredible skin rejuvenation. Platelets in your blood contain numerous Platelet Derived Growth Factors (PDGF). These growth factors stimulate proliferation of fibroblasts and keratinocytes, which produce collagen and keratin. PDGF have a significant role in blood vessel formation, the cellular division of fibroblasts (the most common cells in connective tissue), and in synthesizing collagen and the extracellular matrix, including hyaluronic acid. Collagen production has been attributed to helping correct the visible effects of wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid has been shown to increase skin tone and volume providing a more youthful appearance.
This procedure is not a surgical face lift nor does it create the same effect as a face lift. The procedure helps restore or enhance areas, which require volume. Improvement of skin texture and tone can be noticeable within three weeks and improvement continues for the next 8 months as more collagen and keratin is laid under the skin. The results typically last 2 years or longer. Areas of treatment include cheeks and mid-face, wrinkling around the eyes, smile lines, nasolabial fold, neck and jawline, chest, acne scarring, hands, upper arms, and more. The process takes between 60-90 minutes, depending on complexity. For the best result, we recommend three to six treatments, 4-6 weeks apart.
What happens during a facial rejuvenation treatment with PRP?
The practitioner will assess the degree of skin aging, perform a simple skin analysis, and recommend a sensible treatment with a reasonable outcome. After your skin is cleansed and prepared, local anesthetic cream is applied and nerve blocks may also be given. Blood is then taken from your arm and processed. For treating the entire face, PRP is applied to the skin with a dermaroller. For treating specific areas such as around the eyes and laugh lines, PRP is carefully injected to the target area. Both treatments can be done in one session.
What areas can be treated with PRP using the dermaroller?
The most popular areas are the face, neck, upper chest (décolletage), upper arms, and hands.
Is the procedure painful?
Numbing cream is applied to the face 45 minutes before the procedure, making the treatment very comfortable. Most patients do not feel much sensation.
How long is the recovery time?
Typically, there is little to no downtime associated with the treatment. Some redness of the treated area may last a day after treatment. Minor bruising may occur, but clears up in about a week and can be concealed with cosmetics. Normal activity can be resumed immediately, but your face should be protected from the sun.
How long is the treatment?
On the treatment day, the entire visit lasts about 2 hours. The actual procedure requires about 20 minutes.
Is it safe?
PRP treatment is extremely safe. Because PRP is produced from your own blood, there is no risk of an allergic reaction. In addition, PRP contains concentrated amount of white blood cells, your natural defenders against infections. As a result, infection is extremely rare with our PRP treatment.
Are there any contraindications?
Persons with active skin infections, acne, skin disease (SLE, porphyria, allergies), cancer, chemotherapy, severe metabolic and systemic disorders, abnormal platelet function (i.e. blood disorders), and underlying sepsis excludes the use of PRP.
Is PRP therapy covered by insurance?
As PRP Skin Rejuvenation is a cosmetic procedure, it is not covered by health insurance.
How much does PRP therapy cost?
An entire facial rejuvenation treatment including an initial consultation costs $800. For smaller areas the treatment cost is less (around the eyes, for example costs $450). Treatment packages are available with reduced rates.
How many treatments are needed?
Initially, 3 to 6 treatments 4-6 weeks apart are recommended for optimal results. Thereafter, maintenance treatments are recommended every one to two years depending on skin type.
Face and neck revitalization with Platelet-rich plasma (PRP): clinical outcome in a series of 23 consecutively treated patients – Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. Accessed on 02 February 2011 from The Free Library 01 May 2010.