Dull, brittle facial skin that shows fine lines and wrinkles will make you look older than you really are. This aging effect can be treated in a number of ways, but most treatment options involve resurfacing or bleaching. A PRP facelift, or vampire facelift, works in a different manner. This treatment stimulates healthy tissue growth and collagen production by kick starting the body’s natural healing process.
In fact, the treatment was originally developed to accelerate the healing of tendons and ligaments after these tissues were damaged. Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is injected into the damaged tissue to jumpstart the healing process. Today, a PRP injection treatment is most commonly performed to reverse the visual signs of aging of the facial skin. It’s not really a facelift, but it’s so-named because the effect is similar to facial skin repositioning. We invite you to learn more about how a PRP facelift can help you restore your facial features to a more youthful state.
How PRP Helps Rejuvenate the Skin
Skin grows upward. The lower dermal layers eventually become the epidermis, and the epidermis is constantly shedding. Unfortunately, damaged skin cells reproduce themselves exactly unless additional nutrients are sent to the lower dermal layers. This means that damaged, wrinkled skin will continue to be a problem unless healthier cells are created.
Blood contains platelets, and the platelets aid in clotting. They also contain proteins and other important growth factors. This helps accelerate healing after we suffer a cut or scrape. The idea behind PRP therapy is to use the platelets as a kickstart mechanism for the creation of healthy skin cells.
We first schedule a consultation with the client so that we can determine the cause of poor skin tone. We look at the wrinkles and fine lines, noting their severity and size. If we decide that PRP therapy can help, we will outline the procedure and set up a treatment series.
Each PRP facelift treatment session involves the drawing of a small amount of blood from the client. This blood is spun in a centrifuge at a precise speed for a specific duration. This separates the plasma and platelets from the red cells. The plasma is then spun further to concentrate the platelets in an even smaller volume of plasma.
We then combine the PRP with a gel to form a fibrin mix. We inject the gel into the lower dermal layers using a fine needle. Only a small amount of blood is drawn during each treatment, so a small area of the face is treated during each treatment session.
We usually schedule three or four treatments, spaced about three weeks apart. About two or three months after the final treatment, visual improvement in skin tone and texture becomes apparent. Many of our clients choose to repeat the treatments each year as part of their skincare regimen.
Learn More About PRP Therapy
A PRP facelift doesn’t involve skin repositioning, but the results might convince you that you really did have a facelift performed. We would be more than happy to help you learn more about the benefits of this popular treatment at Restored Images in Nashville. Contact us today to get all the facts about this revolutionary procedure that can rejuvenate your facial features and take years off your appearance.