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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

PRP Transfer Overview

GOALS Aid in restoration of volume to deflated or volume-depleted facial areas, minimize lines, wrinkles, and shadows and restore softer appearance to the face
PROCEDURE PRP as an adjunctive procedure
ANESTHESIA Local anesthesia with or without IV sedation
LENGTH Under 30 minutes
AFTER PROCEDURE No additional facial sutures.
RECOVERY PRP treatment does not add any additional time to the recovery process and may hasten healing.


Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments may be combined with certain facial procedures to enhance results. In particular, PRP is used as an adjunct to fat transfer procedures and certain skin resurfacing procedures.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment uses your own blood plasma that has been processed to concentrate those components beneficial to healing and rejuvenation. As a concentrated source of your own platelets, PRP contains numerous growth factors and cytokines (cellular messengers or signaling molecules) that can help stimulate rejuvenative processes.

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The Aging Process
As part of the normal aging process, the face undergoes multiple changes concurrently including the loss and redistribution of facial volume and changes to the skin.

Over time, facial volume depletion leads to a loss of the appearance of facial fullness and the gentle convex contour that accompanies youth. In regions of repetitive facial movement, this volume loss coupled with strong muscle activity contribute to the appearance of wrinkles and lines which may deepen over time. As fat is redistributed from the upper face (midface and cheeks) to the lower face (jowls and neck), the shape of the face gradually changes. A characteristically youthful face that is full, soft, smooth, and bears an inverted triangular-shape appears with age to become increasingly deflated and square-shaped. Volume loss is particularly pronounced around the eyes, cheeks and jaw line. In those locations, Fat Transfer may have the greatest impact.

Concurrently, skin changes contribute to the appearance of facial aging. The outer skin layer (epidermis) thins. The skin appears thinner, more pale, and translucent. Large pigmented spots (called age spots, liver spots, or lentigos) may appear in sun-exposed areas. Changes in the connective tissue reduce the skin's strength and elasticity in a process called elastosis which is especially pronounced in sun-exposed areas (solar elastosis). Elastosis produces the leathery, weather-beaten appearance common to those who spend large amounts of time outdoors. The blood vessels of the dermis become more fragile, which in turn leads to bruising, bleeding under the skin, cherry angiomas, and similar conditions. Sebaceous glands produce less oil making it harder to keep the skin moist, and resulting in dryness and itchiness. There is thinning of the subcutaneous fat layer.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP may be combined with transferred fat to facilitate healing and potential fat survival. Altenatively, PRP may be used during as an adjunct during skin procedures such as dermabrasion or microneedling.

Candidates for PRP treatment
You may be a good candidate for treatment with PRP if you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your face, especially related to skin changes or facial volume loss, and/or the diminishment of softness and/or the gentle convex contour which characterizes a youthful face.

Recovery after PRP treatment
Use of PRP does not increase the duration of recovery beyond the expected recovery relating to the facial procedures to which it was added. PRP treatment may hasten healing and recovery and may enhance collagen deposition and survival of transferred fat. Research into this cutting-edge technology is ongoing and rapidly developing.

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