Platelet rich plasma (PRP) has been used in orthopedic medicine, dentistry, and reconstructive surgery for quite some time to promote cell growth and tissue regeneration. However, in the last several years, it has been successfully used in dermatology procedures, skin wound healing, and cosmetic facial rejuvenation. In the world of cosmetic surgery, it has also been coined the Vampire Facelift, because some blood is drawn from the patient in order to carry out the procedure.

So how does this technique work?

Once a small amount of platelet rich blood is extracted and spun in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the platelet cells, this blood clotting substance is injected into the skin to stimulate collagen synthesis and skin renewal. This in turn lifts the skin and improves the appearance of wrinkles. Best of all, the process only takes an hour and you are back in the swing of things within 4 to 7 days after the redness, bruising and swelling subsides.

This post reiterates what this skin-tightening procedure is all about:

Plasma Replacement Therapy

PRP stands for ‘Platelet Rich Plasma’ and it produces a rejuvenating and tightening effect on your skin. PRP therapy uses ‘platelet-rich plasma’, (your own platelets and Blood and Platelets Separatedplasma taken from a small sample of your blood), to stimulate collagen and improve the skin’s texture and elasticity. This is great for thin crepey skin, especially around the eyes, neck, décolletage, full face and hands. You will generally need one treatment per month for 3-4 months.

The treatment itself takes about an hour. A course of treatments involves 3-4 appointments spaced 1 month apart and results can be maintained with a single repeat treatment every 6-12 months.

Read the full post here:  Plasma Replacement Therapy

There are a number of minimally invasive cosmetic techniques available, and their popularity is growing. Most people have busy lives and want to be able to jump back into action as quickly as possible. Even though there is some redness and swelling, there are way less issues following surgery than with a full blown facelift.  You don’t actually see the positive results for 3 to 4 weeks but once you do begin to see the changes, they continue to improve skin tone, tightness, and texture.

Want to actually see how PRP therapy works? This video shows a surgeon performing a Vampire Facelift with microneedling:

Want some scientific data that it works? There has been a lot of research as to whether there are positive results for not just cosmetic reasons, but also to help stimulate healing for musculoskeletal injuries and other chronic or degenerative conditions. The outcome is mixed, but the sheer idea that using your own blood to help heal and fight aging is definitely intriguing.

This post offers a few specific conclusions in favor of PRP therapy:

 

Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections For Face: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly | Dr PRP USA

The National Institutes of Health website cites several articles from peer-reviewed medical journals on studies of the Vampire Facelift procedure.

One such study, published by the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology in its May, 2010 issue, took place over a three-month period. Twenty-three patients were treated once PRP Therapy with Micro-Needlingevery month. The mixture of PRP and an activating agent was injected into standard injection points on the face and neck.

 

The study participants were photographed both before and after their treatments with medical imaging devices, a dermoscope, and a digital camera. A month after the final treatment, the patients came back for a final evaluation. Based on all the scores, the study concluded that results were satisfactory, the treatment is effective and that the patients who participated experienced no serious or persistent side effects. Several other studies are also on the website.

 

The majority of the women who reviewed their own Vampire Facelift on the website RealSelf.com say they are happy with their results. The RealSelf website allows women to share their experiences with cosmetic surgery and ask questions that are answered by doctors. The reviewers also rate their own doctors. One reviewer said her results were still lasting three months after she had the injections. Another said her face was still glowing and her skin was still tighter five weeks after her treatment. A 54-year-old woman in New York opted for PRP for Face instead of Botox after hearing too many negative stories about the latter treatment. She said she noticed a difference in her face and was happy with the way it looked.

See the original post here:  Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections For Face: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly | Dr PRP USA

The potential for using your own body’s natural growth factors to promote healing and alleviate pain is an interesting alternative to the traditional methods of plastic surgery. As more people opt for this technique, the opportunity to follow up with these individuals long term may help to establish more clinical relevance. Another bonus is that it is more affordable than undergoing an invasive surgical procedure, at around $1,000 per treatment.