Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) — A Non Invasive Alternative to Facelift
Face lift has become a common form of rejuvenating ones looks and reducing the sign of aging. From eliminating access skin, to reducing the signs of stress and sun, a surgical face-lift is still among the leading choices for this procedure. It is amazing how people will think so many times before having to go through any type of surgery, however when it comes to face lifts surgery, it is often a non- issue. People are willing to undergo an invasive procedure with long post- surgery recuperation period for the sake of looking better.
It is important to note that not everyone is a fit candidate for such face-lift procedure. As with every surgery lies a natural risk. First and foremost a candidate for face-lift surgery must be in an overall good health and with elasticity in his/her skin. The surgery is often performed under full anesthetics but depending on the specific procedure can sometimes also be performed with local anesthetics.
Recovery is an individual process and depends on several factors such as: the exact type of procedure, other procedures combined with the surgery ( i.e. neck lift). Patients also feel swelling and discomfort which may last several weeks. During this recovery period the patient should follow doctor’s instructions as to how to conduct a daily life during the recovery period.
There are of course some risks involved as the procedure reflects an actual surgery. The recovery depends on the body’s reaction to the anesthesia, whether or not infections develop after the surgery, nerve damage may also be a risk as well as visible scaring.
Easy, Simple Non Invasive Leading Alternative
There is an easy and non invasive alternative to facelift. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is an innovative and promising approach in regenerative medicine. It comprises autologous concentrated platelets in a small amount of plasma. Contrary to Botox, hyalronic acid (HA) and other fillers and chemical stimulated approaches, PRP involves the natural components of the body are harnessed to promote skin rejuvenation. By stimulating collagen, elastin and cellular growth, as well as by improving local blood supply and hydration, the skin texture and tone should gradually improve and lead to a younger looking skin. Visible results may take between 2–6 weeks and vary between individuals, depending on different factors, such as general health, age, diet, smoking and skin type.
PRP is prepared by taking a small sample of the patient’s own blood, then separating platelets from Platelet-Poor Plasma (PPP), red blood cells and granulocytes via centrifugation. PRP is then extracted and can be applied at the treated site to promote soft and hard tissue regeneration. The whole preparation process takes up to 20 minutes. With a PRP procedure based on extracting ones’ own blood cells there is no risk of having a bad reaction to the procedure.
The procedure is comprised of gentle needle injections with no need for recuperation period, no swelling or any scars left from a surgical procedure. There is no pain involved or any need for anesthetics of any type. The treatments can be repeated every few months as much as the patient wants and at a fraction of the cost of a surgical procedure.
PRP Treatment Areas
When it comes to PRP treatment for aesthetic enhancement there are several areas in which PRP treatments can be given:
· Hair Loss
· Dar circles (around the eyes)
· Cheeks and Mid-Face
· Nasolabial Folds
· Lower Face