PRP for the face or “Vampire Facelift” is a medical, non-surgical, natural as well as a safe method for rejuvenating the skin. This therapy makes use of the natural healing ingredients harvested from one’s own blood, also known as platelet rich plasma.
PRP for facial anti-aging skin treatment is also referred to as a Vampire Facial or facelift. PRP therapy itself has for many years been used to aid in the healing of wounds including the speeding up of tendon injuries, treatment of osteoarthritis, jaw reconstruction and plastic surgery. An example is of Tiger Woods, the renowned golfer, who used PRP to quickly recover from a knee surgery. Since it’s your own blood, it means that there is no risk of having severe reactions. But it been since 2010, this therapy was introduced as a way of rejuvenating the skin without surgery.
PRP for the skin helps in accelerating the normal cell renewal and healing processes by stimulating formation of collagen, increased blood supply as well as repair. Platelets are designed to heal injuries through their richness of growth factors such as platelet derived growth factor (PDGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), transforming growth factor (TGF) as well as other bioactive proteins.
PRP that is rich in growth factors mingle with local cells and signal the trigger of cell division and migration, regeneration of tissues and growth of collagen. The final result is softer wrinkles, thicker dermis, improved skin tone and texture with less scarring. PRP is harvested from a small amount of blood drawn and processed in a centrifuge. It is then introduced through tiny injections which are spread all over the treatment area. They cause a small damage so as to trigger rejuvenation. It is introduced as a topical addition to dermal micro-needling (Vampire facial) or Venus viva radio-frequency resurfacing, or both, in what is called time machine.
Micro needling and Venus viva, on their own create a controlled injury that boosts stimulation of collagen and skin rejuvenation. When combined, they create an additive effect so that when PRP is added, the recovery time is rapidly shortened and the effects are augmented to allow for great results with fewer treatments. Furthermore, PRP is mostly used together with hyaluronic acid fillers to enhance the filler’s volumizing effect, encourage formation of collagen in the area and prolong the filler’s effect.
• Rejuvenation of the face, chest, neck and hands
• Improvement of scars that result from acne, trauma and surgery
• Improvement of stretch marks
Avoid vitamin C, vitamin E, fish oil, omega 3 fatty acids, aspirin, ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, naproxen, Aleve or any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs ten days prior to the treatment. These substances affect the functions of the platelet during the normal clotting process, thereby encouraging bruising and bleeding. However, taking acetaminophen is allowed.
• Limit your exposure to the sun for seven days. Apply sun block and avoid long exposure in the sun for thirty days.
• Do not use a sauna, hut tub, Jacuzzi or go for a swim for fourteen days
• Avoid exposure to extreme hot or cold temperatures for fourteen days
• Avoid strenuous activity or exercise for seven days after the treatment
• Do not use other treatments such as facials, micro-dermabrasion, peels or laser treatment for at least fourteen weeks.
PRP is quite safe with no risk of an allergic reaction or reaction to the injected ingredients. What is simply happening is encouraging the skin to renew itself for one to have a firmer skin. Be sure that the chance of looking “fixed” or “unnatural” is zero. After this treatment, the skin may be red and swollen.
The time it will take for a PRP patient to heal depends on the method of PRP introduction, extent of treatment and personal variations. On average, it takes between three and four days, however, a patient could heal as early as within a day or two, or as late as seven days.
The results will depend on the kind of treatment as well as the number of treatments. A majority of people need an average of five treatments that are spaced five weeks apart. For deeper wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks and scars, a patient may need six or more treatments. Additionally, maintenance treatments are recommended every six months.
It is important to know that growth factors decrease with age, and so do adult stem cells. PRP is used in several areas of the face such as under the eyes to address dark circles, wrinkles and to increase flow of blood.
Kim Kardashian is one of the most well know celebrities that has done this procedure and recommends it. Furthermore, one of the studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health shows the effectiveness of PRP. This study was done over a three-month period. 23 patients were treated once every thirty days. The blend of PRP and an activating agent was injected into standard injection points on their faces and necks.
Using medical imaging devices, a dermoscope and a digital camera, the patients were photographed before and after the treatments. Thirty days after the final treatment, the patients came back for a final evaluation. By looking at all the scores, the study concluded that the results were quite satisfactory, the treatment was effective and that the patients who took part had no serious or persistent side effects. Moreover, a majority of women who have had a facelift say they are happy with the results.