Facial Re-sculpting with Platelet Rich Plasma(PRP)is one of the newest types of cosmetic treatments available, sometimes colloquially called the vampire facelift.
Laser, PRP and fillers can be used to smooth out wrinkles, build up the neck or jaw line, and much more.
PRP can even be applied to the joints to help relieve pain in the shoulders, back, and knees. PRP can also be used on the face, chest, and on the back of the hands and arms to improve elasticity of the skin.
Facial re-sculpting with PRP
PRP uses a unique type of treatment to fill in wrinkles and build up areas of the face and body. Once a patient has been approved for PRP treatment, they visit their cosmetic professional and have a small blood sample drawn. This sample is then prepared by spinning it in a centrifuge. This separates out the platelets. These platelets are isolated, from blood plasma, and activated with either calcium chloride or thrombin. This final mixture has incredibly high levels of growth factors that help stimulate the production of new cells and regenerate the area where injected.
Once finished, this mixture can be injected into the body just as with other types of dermal fillers. Patients will later begin to see improvements to the overall firmness of their skin. PRP also smooths out wrinkles, fills in dark circles or nasolabial folds. PRP treatments do have to be continued over time or the effects will fade. They can be done as often as once every four weeks. Usually, treatment only takes about 45 minutes from start to finish.
Why Choose PRP Over Laser or Fillers in Facial Re-sculpting ?
There are a number of different reasons why a patient might pick PRP for their cosmetic treatment. First, it is a completely natural and safe method of removing wrinkles. PRP uses no foreign chemicals. A physician or cosmetic professional can do the entire treatment at their office and it takes only about half an hour. PRP treatment works as both a wrinkle reducer and volumizer too, a nice complement to Botox injections, Juvederm injections or laser treatments. There are even signs that PRP can help with arthritis and other joint pains.
As with any treatment, there will be some recovery time. However, unlike with some methods of cosmetic surgery, your recovery time after PRP will be less than 72 hours. Some people can even go back to their regular lives the next day. The only side effects of the treatment are bruising, redness, and swelling, but these symptoms usually last no more than three days.
Dr. Kerns and her staff at Orchid Aesthetics, for example, will work with patients to make certain they understand how the procedure works and what side effects may occur so they are prepared.
Normally, cosmetic surgeons and physicians recommend one treatment scheduled about four – eight weeks apart for the initial procedure. After that, patients should not need another treatment for anywhere from six to 18 months. However, those with large wrinkles or other skin issues may need more treatments or may need to combine PRP treatments with laser resurfacing or even chemical peels.
Whether used as a form of medical healing therapy or cosmetic therapy, the number of treatments will depend on the injury, the area being treated, and how the patient responds to the treatment.
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