Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is exactly what the name suggests. The treatment utilizes plasma, a component of blood that is rich in platelets. Until now, PRP has been generally confined to hospitals. Through modern technology, it is possible to harvest and produce a sufficient quantity of platelets from only 20cc of blood. These advancements allow us to safely and effectively offer PRP treatments, while staying within most budgets.
If you would like to learn more about Platelet-rich plasma treatments please read our in-depth information or contact our friendly and knowledgeable team!
WHY ALL THE EXCITEMENT ABOUT PRP IN AUSTIN?
Over the last several years, there has been much excitement surrounding the application of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in aesthetic medicine, especially for facial rejuvenation. Increasing the number of platelets and growth factors in the blood can have regenerative effects on the skin, effectively slowing or reversing the signs of aging. Our team can use PRP treatments in areas where dermal fillers, neurotoxins and lasers aren’t always effective, including around the eyes and mouth.
THE PRP DIFFERENCE
You may be wondering how all of this works and how PRP can make a difference for your body or skin. As it turns out, humans and other animals (veterinarians have used this therapy for decades) actually produce their own stem cells, which have a multitude of functions, including producing new collagen growth, as well as new vasculature (oxygen-delivering blood vessels). Growth factors and platelets, which are found in the blood, can stimulate your body’s stem cells to be produced in greater numbers. PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) can be produced in our office from drawing a small amount of your own blood. It contains three to five times the amount found in your normal blood.
PRP TREATMENT FOR THE DELICATE AREAS AROUND THE EYES AND MOUTH
Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a safe option to treat the areas around the eyes and mouth. PRP injections are effective in delicate areas such as the tear trough, adding plumpness and improving skin texture. They can also be used to treat crow’s feet. Platelet-rich plasma is also contained in filler products used to treat deep or fine lines and wrinkles in the perioral area — the area around the mouth.
HOW IS PRP DONE?
A patient’s blood (about 20cc) is placed in a centrifuge and spun in order to separate the blood from the growth factors, platelets and stem cells. This rejuvenating mixture is then micro-injected in areas of the face where signs of aging have appeared, such as the areas surrounding the eyes, cheeks, mouth and forehead.
HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM FAT TRANSFER?
The regenerative cells in PRP are different from the ones in the fat used in fat transfer procedures. Fat transfer has a more “volumizing” effect than the regenerative cells in PRP. However, the two can be combined for a more comprehensive treatment.
CAN PRP FACIAL REJUVENATION BE DONE WITH OTHER PROCEDURES?
Yes, it can be combined. If done alone, it can be performed under local anesthesia or sedation. It can be combined with fat transfer for a more volumizing effect, and with laser resurfacing to create even better results.
HOW LONG IS RECOVERY FROM PRP?
Minor bruising or swelling will last about a week. Most patients look normal and can return to work in 2-3 days. If it is performed in conjunction with laser treatment, recovery will last about a week. If PRP facial rejuvenation is performed with fat transfer, the recovery is about a week.
HOW LONG DO THE REJUVENATIVE EFFECTS OF PRP LAST?
All cosmetic filler injections require maintenance, including PRP facial rejuvenation. PRP generally lasts for nine to 24 months.
WHO IS AN IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR PRP?
Because PRP facial rejuvenation is a minimally invasive procedure, most adults are good candidates. Because this treatment is less-invasive, it makes it an attractive option for elderly patients. The incisions made in facelift and other invasive facial procedures take longer to heal in older patients.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?
One treatment is needed every nine to 24 months.
WHAT FACIAL FEATURES BENEFIT FROM PRP?
All areas of the face, including the eyes, cheeks, mouth and forehead, can benefit from PRP injections.
CAN IT REALLY GET RID OF WRINKLES?
Yes, it can be an effective way to reduce wrinkles, especially when combined with fillers.
IS PRP COMBINED WITH FAT TRANSFER EFFECTIVE?
Yes, because fat transfer has a more volumizing effect, it is a great complement to PRP injections.
ARE PRP AUSTIN INJECTIONS SAFE?
PRP facial injections are minimally invasive and very safe. There are no scars, few side effects and allergic reactions are rare.
CAN PRP INJECTIONS REPLACE A FACELIFT?
No, the facelift procedure is far more extensive and the results last longer. However, because PRP injections are much less invasive, they may be better for many patients — especially those requiring a less dramatic transformation. These injections also involve far less healing time.
PRP AGING FACTS
AS WE BEGIN TO AGE:
- Our skin color changes because of less underlying blood flow.
- The shape becomes collapsed and droopy, as muscles and collagen decrease.
- Skin texture becomes less smooth.
- Fine and coarse wrinkles begin to appear.
- Our skin elasticity decreases.
- Thinning of the dermis (volume loss)—such as seen with weight loss.
- And as a result, the person looks “worn” or “tired” or “droopy”. The lively rosy hue seen in children of every skin color fades to a dull gray.
If you would like to learn more about our PRP treatments in Austin or schedule an appointment, please get in touch with our friendly and knowledgable team. Let us help you look and feel younger with a healthy, revitalizing facial treatment!