Platelet Rich Plasma: Natural Facial Fillers for a Smoother, More Youthful Face
Repair of wounds and injuries has been an area of intense research since musculoskeletal injuries are a very common cause of severe long-term pain and physical disability affecting hundreds of millions of people around the world. Building on studies of agents active in tissue repair, the cosmetic community has adopted methods effective in these investigations.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment, long used in surgical care and tissue repair, is now being successfully applied to skin rejuvenation. Potent growth factors, released in large quantities from concentrated platelets, naturally stimulate the body to regenerate soft tissues lost with aging. Platelets long credited with blood clotting properties are now known to also release growth factors which stimulate deposition of extracellular matrix significant in repair and regeneration of connective tissue. The collagen fibers and elastin produced thicken and firm the treated skin. Since the platelets come from one’s own blood, the derived growth factors do not carry a risk of reaction. They are natural constituents of blood, not foreign substances.
Preparation of PRP begins with a simple blood draw (as for a blood test) after which the platelets are concentrated by spinning in a centrifuge for a few minutes. The result is a sterile concentrate of platelets which can then be applied to or injected into the skin to liberate their powerful growth factors.
PRP can then be used as a topical agent or injected into the area to be treated. Topically, the concentrated platelets can be applied to wounds for enhanced wound healing after procedures such as fractional CO2 laser resurfacing or micro-needling rejuvenation. Injected, the gel can stimulate repair of scars, restore volume and improve skin texture in areas where aging is apparent such as:
- Wrinkles around the eyes or forehead
- Smile lines and marionette lines around the chin
- Volume restoration of the cheeks, mid face and under the eyes
- Neck and jaw line
- Chest and décolletage
- Acne scarring
- Back of hands and arms
Fibrin-rich fibrin matrix (PRFM), Selphyl, is one of the marketed methods used for extracting PRP for use as an all-natural dermal filler. PRP combined with hyaluronic acid fillers, also known as “Vampire face-lift,” is a non-surgical method of facial rejuvenation. Its volume regenerating effect does not replace a surgical facelift but restores a fuller, more youthful appearance. Fat transfers used as volume enhancers and natural fillers, can also benefit from the growth factors contained in platelets. PRP, when combined with fat, may increase the duration of injected fat and the stem cells it contains, thus providing a longer lasting revitalizing effect.
At Bel-Red Center for Aesthetic Surgery, Dr. Zemplenyi offers all the above rejuvenating and volumizing methods in a state of the art facility. Our patients from the Seattle and Bellevue area benefit from his experience. Schedule a consultation to discuss your treatment options and realistic expectations.