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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatments: A Non-surgical Facelift

Written by Dr. Ringpfeil

As the body ages, it gradually slows its production of collagen, a vital substance that gives our skin its youthful elasticity. As a result, the skin begins to show signs of aging: fine lines and creases begin to be etched in place, the skin loses volume and structure, and skin laxity sets in. Today, there are minimally-invasive restorative treatments that can boost the skin’s appearance and resilience. Platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) is a revolutionary injectable treatment that promotes new collagen production and prompts regeneration.

What Makes Platelet Rich Plasma Injections Unique?

Blood plasma is the fluid that holds and transports blood cells and platelets, small cell fragments that can bind to damaged blood vessels and are involved with blood clotting. In addition to their blood clotting functions, platelets contain hundreds of proteins known as growth factors. These proteins can rebuild hard and soft tissue and promote healing. Platelet rich plasma, prepared from a patient’s own blood, is an enriched fluid that contains a higher concentration of platelets than normal. Because platelet rich plasma is derived from your blood, it is a safe and effective treatment.

PRP treatments have been used to treat tendon and cartilage injuries and arthritis. The healing properties of PRP also make it a powerful treatment for skin rejuvenation.

The PRP Facelift Procedure

To prepare for PRP treatments, blood is drawn and the plasma is enriched with platelets. The PRP is then injected into the skin with a fine needle. The treatment is generally well tolerated, but to ensure maximum patient comfort a local anesthesia is applied to the skin. PRP therapy takes about an hour and a half to complete and can be combined with other rejuvenation techniques, such as dermal fillers and Botox.

No downtime is necessary after injections and patients can immediately return to their regular routines. Minor irritation, swelling and mild bruising may occur, but these side effects are minor and subside within a day or two. The skin can improve dramatically with one treatment, but multiple treatments may be desired for optimal effects.

What to Expect After PRP Treatments

As collagen production kicks in and the skin begins to regenerate, the skin will begin to appear smoother and suppler. Typically it takes a few weeks to see initial results. Most patients see the full benefits in about 3 months. Results can be radiant and long-lasting, particularly if a proper skin care regimen and a healthy lifestyle are followed.

The Ideal Candidate for a PRP Facelift

A PRP facelift is safe for all skin types and can address a range of concerns. You may be a candidate for the treatment if you have:

  • Mild to moderate signs of aging
  • Some facial volume loss
  • Skin laxity in the face and neck
  • Hyperpigmentation or uneven skin tone

Your PRP Facelift Consultation

If you have signs of aging and are looking for a non-surgical rejuvenation treatment, you may want to consider PRP treatments. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation. Our PRP specialists will evaluate your skin to determine if platelet rich plasma an appropriate option for you.


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