A traditional facelift is performed by ablating the skin. In other words, the skin surface is lifted and repositioned, and some of the dermal layer tissue is removed. This is a rather invasive procedure that some individuals may feel uncomfortable with. An alternative is a lifting procedure that doesn’t actually involve repositioning skin tissue. The PRP facelift isn’t really a facelift, but it’s often referred to as a lift procedure because the skin appears smoother and tauter after treatment.
The abbreviation PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. The individual who has this type of treatment performed on them doesn’t have to worry about the effects of surgery. Instead, all that is needed is a bit of blood, namely blood that comes from the client’s own circulatory system.
How PRP Smooths the Skin
There are several different types of PRP facelift procedures. The most commonly performed involves using a concentrated amount of platelets in a small amount of plasma. This mix is injected into and beneath the skin layers. The platelets contain growth factors including important proteins, and these help to stimulate healthier skin growth.
A variant of this procedure is performed by mixing the PRP with a gel compound, such as Juvederm or Restylane. When the mix is injected, the effect is similar to what is seen after an acid-based or calcium-based dermal filler is used.
Consulting with the Client
Before we decide to perform this type of procedure on the client, we want to schedule a consultation so that we can observe the facial skin firsthand. We note the amount and location of wrinkling, the thickness of the skin, and the degree to which fat deposits are causing sagging and creasing. If we feel that a PRP facelift is an appropriate solution, we will schedule a treatment date.
The PRP Injection Procedure
A small amount of blood is taken from an arm vein, and it’s spun in a high-speed centrifuge for a prescribed time period. This separates out the platelets and some of the plasma from the red cells.
We then inject the mix beneath the skin. There’s an immediate volume addition thanks to the gel itself, and over the next month or two, the platelets stimulate healthy skin growth. The skin is therefore plumped slightly and also becomes more even in tone and more supple in appearance. Additional collagen is produced, and this enhances the effect.
Better Than Surgery
Some individuals can benefit from a traditional facelift, but many are wary of the surgical procedure. The results of a traditional facelift are long-lasting, and if the desired appearance isn’t realized, the client is stuck with it. On the other hand, a PRP facelift yields results that last for less than a year. If the desired look is achieved, the procedure can be repeated at regular intervals.
As you can see, a PRP facelift isn’t the same as a surgical procedure, but the visual results may indicate that such a procedure was indeed performed. Get all the facts about this non-surgical alternative by contacting the Georgia Center for Female Health and scheduling a consultation today!