Ever heard of the so-called PRP Facelift or commonly known as Vampire Facelift? If you are an avid fan of skin rejuvenation and a frequent med spa visitor, then you’re probably familiar with it. But why is this unusual procedure becoming so popular? Does it promise plenty and lasting benefits and is it for everyone? These and other essential features of the treatment are what we’re going to discuss in this article.
What is PRP Facelift?
The PRP Facelift is a non-surgical procedure developed to rejuvenate your complexion by addressing skin defects and volume loss. It uses the body’s natural healing and growth factors derived from the blood. When you get injured, these factors in your blood help your body to heal naturally. The PRP Facelift procedure harnesses these naturally occurring growth factors from your body to repair and enhance skin, resulting in a youthful and rejuvenated appearance.
Why PRP Facelift is called the “Vampire Facelift”?
The answer is simple and obvious. The treatment uses a small amount of the patient’s blood and combined it with hyaluronic acid dermal filler. The blood is drawn first before is it mixed with other factors. This technique works to stimulate collagen formation and new cell production. It also helps smoothen out wrinkles and fine lines, making your skin tighter and young-looking.
What are the Components of a PRP Facelift?
The PRP Facelift is comprised of a thicker form of plate-rich plasma called platelet-rich fibrin matrix (PRFM) and hyaluronic acid filler (such as Restylane). The former is the key ingredient that is obtained from the patient’s blood through a normal blood best process. The blood drawn is then spun through a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the platelets and plasma. Once separated, the platelet-rich plasma looks like a clear yellow serum while the darker components are mainly consisting of red blood cells.
Another activator such as the calcium chloride (CaCl) will be added to the PRP to create the platelet-rich fibrin matrix (PRFM) that is thicker and longer-lasting. Platelet-rich plasma has essential wound and healing properties, making it a widely used substance in clinical practice. But aside from that, PRP also plays a key role in collagen production and regeneration of tissues.
These properties are scientifically combined in a single natural serum which is the platelet-rich fibrin matrix. That makes this gel an ideal solution for skin rejuvenation along with its beneficial role in improving blood supply, stimulating collagen growth, and generating new skin and fatty tissues. And with healthier skin, youthful appearance is achieved.
How PRP Facelift Works
Your blood contains plasma and platelets. The plasma is the liquid component whose function is to carry the red and white blood cells and bring them to their destinations. The tiny cell fragments in the blood called are called platelets. As carriers of growth factors and natural substances, platelets are responsible for the growth of cells. When you get cut or injured, platelets provide you the building blocks for healing.
A physician can use these growth factors present in the blood, particularly the platelets, to stimulate the unipotent stem cells found in your skin and command the growth of new cells resulting in younger-looking skin. When these concentrated platelets are introduced, the body reacts as if there’s an injury site that needs healing. It then sends nutrients to the site and there is a quick creation of new tissues underneath the existing epidermis. This growth of new tissues takes place over the next few months.
How the Procedure is Done
The PRP Facelift is like that of a filler treatment which is a minimally invasive procedure. At the onset of your PRP Facelift treatment, your provider will draw a small amount of blood from your arm to create your platelet-rich plasma. This is done by placing the blood in a centrifuge and spins it rapidly to detach the platelets from the other components. Once the platelets are activated, you now have your own PRP.
Using a fine needle, the PRP is then skillfully injected into the areas of your face or any parts of your body that need correction. The activated growth factors found in the platelets are essential to the rejuvenation of the skin. They can boost collagen production and ignite tissue regeneration, resulting in smoother, tighter, and volumized skin. Depending on the case, the PRP usually comes with a certain facial filler to enhance the effects of the treatment.
As it is a less extensive non-surgical procedure, the PRP Facelift can be done quickly with minimal downtime. Patients can experience the results on the same day and the benefits can last for several months up to more than a year.
Areas on the Body Where PRP Facelift is Applied
As its name implies, the PRP Facelift procedure is typically used for treating the face. But as it is made up of naturally occurring regenerative properties and free from synthetic elements, the treatment can be applied almost on any part of the body. Aside from the face, it can also be used to treat skin issues on the neck, hands, chest, etc.
Specifically, these are the areas treated by the PRP Facelift:
- Forehead wrinkles
- Lines at the corners of the mouth
- Crow’s feet (lines in the corners of the eyes)
- Plumping of the cheeks
- Smile lines
- Frown lines
- Bunny lines or bunny nose (dynamic wrinkles on the nose)
Is the Procedure Safe to Use?
The PRP Facelift utilizes only your blood products and a hyaluronic acid filler and involves a virtually painless series of injections into the facial areas. That means the associated risk is similar to that of fillers alone. The typical bruising and mild swelling on the injected areas are the only known side effects which usually disappear in 2-3 days. This can also be easily resolved with a makeup cover. Aside from skin redness and mild bruising, there is generally minimal and quick recovery needed.
Benefits of PRP Facelift
The PRP Facelift is one of the latest advancements in retreating wrinkles and lines. This non-surgical facelift offers many benefits that make most patients happy and satisfied. Generally, the treatment offers an anti-aging solution for the face, neck, and chest for patients of any skin type and age.
Here are some of the specific benefits of the PRP Facelift:
- It has at least 8 growth factors that continuously work as a revitalizing agent for quite some time.
- It improves the color of your skin and makes you look younger due to the formation of new blood vessels.
- It causes an increase in skin volume that results in a healthier appearance.
- It gives your face a more youthful shape and appearance as new collagen is formed in the dermis.
- As the growth factors work on building a new dermis, the epidermis or the outer most layer of the skin appears smoother and more evenly toned.
- It helps in treating several facial skin defects without surgery or abrasive skin resurfacing.
- It is an outpatient procedure and can be performed easily and quickly with very minimal downtime.
- The procedure is almost painless and has no serious side effects.
- It has virtually no recovery time.
- It does not require any special post-procedure regimen.
- It boosts your self-confidence after achieving a rejuvenated and youthful look.
What to Expect After a PRP Facelift Treatment?
The PRP Facelift is developed primarily to stimulate a lasting formation of collagen in the dermis. When PRP is plumped into the treated area, a platform for stronger skin and a healthier look is created as the serum is slowly absorbed into the dermis. Patients who undergo the procedure would normally notice their fine lines and wrinkles have smoothened and their facial areas with deeper wrinkles become smoother and plumper.
Within three weeks after the procedure, most patients enjoy improvements in the complexion, tone, and texture of their skin. There may also be subtle improvements that can continue gradually for up to a year.
Is PRP Facelift for Everyone?
Who doesn’t want a youthful look and healthier skin? Sure, everyone does. But while PRP Facelift is developed for skin rejuvenation, the procedure is not for everyone. For people having more signs of aging, surgical treatment or Botox applications may be more ideal. On the other hand, those with less visible signs of aging may opt for minimally invasive surgical procedures such as hyaluronic acid fillers and PRP treatments. The best way to determine what treatment is right for you is to have a personal consultation with a professional and accredited provider.
Why choose Inspire Med Spa for your PRP Facelift treatment?
Inspire Med Spa is your prime choice for achieving a younger look while feeling healthier and being vitally vibrant. We are dedicated to helping you reach your optimum health with our top-notch services professionally performed by accredited practitioners.
To find out more how you can benefit from our PRP Facelift procedure, schedule a consultation with us today. We have offices conveniently located in New Jersey and New York.
To book an appointment, you can contact us on 201-933-2333