Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is used to help heal wounds and repair tendon damage. It has also been successfully used to stimulate new hair growth. Recently, however, this cosmetic phenomenon has been performed to correct wrinkling on the face. Sometimes referred to as a vampire lift, PRP treatment for the face can stimulate new, healthier tissue growth because of the ability of blood platelets to encourage cell production.
The growth factors in blood platelets actually work to build up new cellular tissue, and in time, this tissue replaces the damaged cells of the skin. At Advanced Wellness Institute, we encourage anyone looking for a non-surgical means to turn back the aging clock to look into PRP treatment for the face.
The PRP Vampire Lift
It’s not really a facelift at all, despite the commonly used phraseology. A traditional facelift is a surgical procedure that stretches the skin upward, erasing the folds and creases that have developed. On the other hand, platelet-rich plasma is a non-surgical treatment. However, it is not to be confused with dermal fillers or BOTOX® injections.
Skin wrinkling is caused by a combination of factors, including genetics, overexposure to the sun, gravity and the loss of collagen production. The skin becomes slightly brittle and is thinner than it once was. The idea of PRP treatment for the face is to stimulate new cell growth by introducing a dense concentration of blood platelets.
Blood platelets are important as coagulating agents. They form a fibrous web when exposed to oxygen. This is how a cut heals over and closes. Platelets also contain growth factors that stimulate tissue production. When applied to the facial skin after a simple micro-needling treatment, the production of collagen increases and the new tissue growth is healthier.
How the Treatment is Performed
We first schedule a consultation with our client and look closely at the facial features. We may ask the client to perform certain facial expressions so that we can determine where wrinkling is most severe. If we agree that PRP treatment for the face is suitable, we will then schedule an appointment to have the PRP facial.
A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient. It is then spun down in a centrifuge until the platelets and plasma are separated from the red cells. When the PRP is applied to the areas to be treated, the platelets begin to fill in volume beneath the skin, but that is not the extent of the treatment. Over the next few weeks, healthier tissue growth begins, and the skin eventually smooths out.
Advantages of PRP Treatment for the Face
No surgery is involved, and this is welcome news to those who are wary of invasive techniques. Also, there is no risk of allergic reaction because the active ingredient is the client’s own blood. This type of treatment is repeatable, and in most cases only two or three treatment sessions will suffice to obtain the desired results.
Learn More About PRP Facials
Many have undergone PRP treatments for the face, which can usually be performed in less than one hour. To find out about how this treatment can turn back the clock and give your face a smoother, younger appearance, schedule a consultation at Advanced Wellness Institute in Columbus. We also serve the Hendersonville and Spartanburg areas. Contact us today to book your appointment to learn more.