Regenerative medicine offers several alternatives to surgical face lifting, as we have discussed in a previous article. One method uses the growth factors found in blood plasma to help repair and rejuvenate the skin. When used alongside treatments that add volume to the skin, we can achieve lasting anti-aging results. Here are a few facts about the different treatments for the face that incorporate Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections.
The PRP Facelift
As in any PRP treatment, the patient’s own blood is centrifuged to isolate the plasma and platelets. The plasma is then injected using a DermPen (microneedle) into the areas of the face requiring repair. The plasma stimulates collagen production and healing of the skin. Typically, three PRP face lifitng treatments are needed to achieve the desired results. PRP face lifting often requires one maintenance treatment each year to ensure skin keeps its youthful appearance.
Fat Transfer + PRP
Over time, collagen in the face breaks down, and other changes in the bone structure and blood flow cause the skin to become less elastic and to sag or droop. Using the patient’s adipose tissue (fat cells) taken, from another part of the body, to increase volume under the skin is an all-natural way to plump and firm the skin. Adipose tissue contains stem cells, which, when injected into the skin, have the potential to develop into structural elements that improve structure under the skin. Fat transfer is always done in combination with PRP injections to boost the regenerative effects. Even with the addition of PRP, fat transfer only lasts about a year before fat cells begin to die. However, since adipose tissue comes from the patient and does not require the use of additional chemicals or drugs, the fat transfer procedure can be repeated as needed.
Plasma Gel Face Filler + PRP
Facial fillers are commonly used in aesthetic medicine to increase volume in certain areas of the face. But gel fillers are made from harsh chemicals that are not naturally-occurring and are foreign to the body. An alternative and equally effective gel filler can be made using the patient’s plasma. When injected into the face, a smoother look results. While natural gel fillers made from plasma tend to last for only three to six months, the lifespan of the filler is extended by combining the procedure with PRP injections.
On their own, PRP injections for the face can reduce the appearance of scarred and wrinkled skin. However, PRP is also useful in increasing the effects and lengthening the lifespan of other medical aesthetic treatments like face fillers. Book a consultation to learn more about these procedures and whether they can help you look and feel younger without surgery.