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PRP for Facial Rejuvenation

RevivaMed Plastic Surgery / Plastic Surgery / PRP for Facial Rejuvenation

Palette Rich Plasma

PRP, a natural treatment, may help improve skin tones, texture and treat fine lines. PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), also referred to as “Vampire Facelift”, uses your own blood to add volume and help rejuvenate your skin. We offer both direct injections or use PRP in combination with microneedling. Either treatment can be performed in the office with little downtime. Please contact us to find which PRP treatment may benefit you the most.”

*individual results may vary

Pallet Rich Plasma

When to Consider PRP

PRP or platelet rich plasma injections have been around for decades. It has been helping athletes to heal from joint, tendon, and ligament injuries and is now being applied to beauty treatments. This non-surgical, age-defying wrinkle treatment injects PRP, derived from your own blood, to stimulate collagen production and cell migration, resulting in fresh, healthy, younger skin.

Considerations

Pros:

  • Used to improve skin tone, texture, soften lines, tighten skin, and add mild volume
  • Results begin to show 3-4 weeks after treatment and continue to improve with time.
  • Uses your own natural resources so there is no risk of allergic reaction.
  • It uses concentrated a formula of your own platelets and growth factors to increases collagen production.
  • Ideal for those who do not wish to have filler treatments.
  • Can be used to treat different areas of the body.
  • Benefits both men and women.
  • Results last for 18 months.
  • Very little downtime. Skin may feel slightly tender to the touch for a day or two.

Cons:

  • Requires a blood draw.
  • Involves multiple injections
  • For optimal results, may need multiple treatments
  • Results are not permeant, plan for yearly maintance

Procedure Details

How is PRP injected?

A blood sample is obtained from the patient and is placed into a machine, which separates the components of the blood. After the blood is purified, we draw up the platelet rich plasma for injection. Often we add microneedling before and after the injection of PRP. This is a method of skin rejuvenation, which increases the production of collagen underneath the skin’s surface. The needles can drive the stem cells and growth factors deeper into dermis, where they can encourage healthy healing.

What does PRP feel like when injected?

Here is a partial list of the conditions PRP helps considerably.

*individual results may vary

Preparing for Your Procedure

  • Moisturize regularly, avoid exposure to the sun, and wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher
  • Stop smoking for at least 6 weeks prior, to encourage better healing
  • Avoid Aspirin, and other medication or herbal supplements that encourage bleeding
  • Do not use Retin-A or other skin creams that affect skin sensitivity
  • Let us know if you are taking antibiotics as some increase skin sensitivity
  • If you have been diagnosed with the herpes virus, you may want to take antiviral medication to reduce the chance of an outbreak on the day of the procedure.
  • No matter what procedure is performed, hydration is very important, both before and afterwards.

Come to your procedure with perfectly clean skin. About fifteen minutes prior to the procedure, we apply numbing cream. At this point we will draw your blood and place it into a centrifuge to separate your plasma from your red and white blood cells. After drawing out the platelet rich plasma, we inject it into the face, or scalp. We also apply your prepared PRP to the treatment area before and after microneedling. The microneedling penetrates your skin, creating small channels in the epidermis to ensure that the PRP is fully absorbed.

Aftercare and Recovery

Downtime is minimal with only one to three days of mild redness, depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment. Avoid exercise or touching and massaging of the area for two to three days following the procedure.

How Long Will the Results Last?

After your PRP treatment your skin will gradually have a subtle improvement that will give you a fresher look than before. To increase the effectiveness, we suggest having one treatment every month for three months. You should be able to enjoy the benefits of PRP for up to 18 months afterwards. The majority of our patients choose to do a yearly maintenance treatment during the winter months.

Associated Costs

Insurance does not cover the cost of PRP in our office. The cost of PRP is dependent on the areas being treated and the number of treatments necessary for optimal results. A complementary consultation will allow us to evaluate and create a treatment program that will meet your needs.

Limitations and Risks

  • Some patients may experience bruising. This can be minimized by avoiding aspirin or Motrin medications for seven days prior to procedure.
  • Patients can expect soreness and mild swelling for the first few days following the procedure.

The following individuals are not good candidates for PRP:

  • Individuals with history of heavy smoking, drug or alcohol use
  • Individuals with platelet dysfunction syndromes, thrombocytopenias, hypofibrinogenaemia, chronic liver disease, anti-coagulation therapy
  • Individuals with other disorders affecting blood and circulatory system; such as hemodynamic instability, sepsis, acute and chronic Infections.
  • Individuals with chronic skin diseases or cancer, metabolic and systemic disorders

We are here to answer any questions that you might have. Please give us a call to see if PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) is right for you.

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