A traditional facelift is a rather complex procedure that ablates and repositions the skin in order to produce a smoother surface with fewer wrinkles. Many individuals would rather try something a little less invasive. Besides, most adults in their 30s and 40s have only localized skin wrinkling and sagging, so they feel that a facelift isn’t for them, at least not yet. The PRP facelift, sometimes referred to as the vampire facelift, isn’t really a surgical facelift procedure. Instead, it uses the individual’s own blood to help rejuvenate the facial skin. The effect often looks the same as a facelift with smoother skin and fewer wrinkles. Below, we offer a simple overview of how a PRP facelift is performed and what can be expected in terms of visual improvement.
What Exactly is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is blood that contains very few red cells and a concentrated amount of platelets. The platelets in our blood aid in clotting, and they also are used as a source of nutrients for the creation of replacement tissue when cells are damaged. When we cut our finger, the platelets help stop the bleeding, and the proteins and other special growth factors they contain are used to accelerate the healing process.
When concentrated in a small volume of plasma and used for skin rejuvenation, the platelets signal the body to replace damaged tissue. The results aren’t immediately noticeable, but smoother skin, fewer blemishes, and better overall skin tone await those who choose this revolutionary procedure.
How It’s Performed
We consult with the client and examine the facial features closely. We note the thickness of the skin and how much collagen it contains. We’re particularly interested in the cause of any facial skin wrinkling and the visibility of any age-related blemishing such as age spots and injury scars. This helps us design a customized program consisting of one or more PRP facelift treatments.
In the week or so following the PRP facelift procedure, the production of collagen increases, and replacement tissue is created in areas where blemishes occur. We have found that the second and third treatments are more effective if a short healing period is allowed after the initial procedure.
The skin becomes noticeably smoother over the following months thanks to increased collagen production. Some of the damaged cells that make up blemishes are being replaced with healthier tissue. Overall, the subcutaneous layers are stronger and support the skin better than before.
Get Facelift Results Without the Facelift
Our team at About Face Anti-Aging Institute can give you more information on how PRP therapy can improve your overall appearance. Our office is located in Harker Heights and we also serve clients in Temple, Waco, Belton, Killeen and surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for a PRP facelift.