Facial Rejuvenation Using Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet-rich plasma has been widely used in regenerative therapies for years, and has proven effective in helping facilitate cartilage repair and in minimizing the effects of muscle death. Platelet-rich plasma is collected and derived directly from the patient's blood and then re-administered to sites of interest. PRP encourages healing because it contains a number of naturally occurring growth factors. Thanks to the ability of these growth factors to encourage and support the healing process, PRP is now finding a place is aesthetic medicine. Dr. Rizk, a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon in New York City, offers platelet-rich plasma injections for patients who prefer a more natural way to minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Free of synthesized substances, PRP is safe for use around the eyes and mouth. Treatment with PRP is able to replenish volume in the sensitive area under the eyes and reduce the appearance of crow's feet.
Stem Cells in PRP
Stem cells are at the core of our regenerative health. They provide the final and most powerful reserve of cells capable of replenishing damaged tissue. Effectively the model on which other cells are formed by, they remain at rest until they are stimulated to divide. By utilizing platelet-rich plasma, which is abundant in a variety of natural growth factors, stem cells residing in the skin are able to remove themselves from their quiescent state and contribute more readily to tissue repair. As well as replacing a cohort of damaged skin cells, it will also help boost collagen and elastic production, restoring firmness and elasticity to the skin.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) FAQs
Is PRP a new treatment?
The use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is one of the latest advancements in facial rejuvenation, and encompasses many of the latest concepts in modern medical research. Facial rejuvenation using PRP is also known as the blood facelift or the Blood PRP Lift. The reason for this is due to the fact that PRP is generated using the patient's own blood.
How is the treatment performed?
About 20 cc of a patient's blood is collected and placed into a centrifuge for separation. The blood plasma, which contains concentrated amounts of growth factors, is then loaded into a fine needle and injected directly into the treatment sites that have been defined by your doctor.
How does this differ from fat transfer?
Fat transfer is a technique used specifically for its volumizing effect. Fat cells are naturally larger, thus injecting them into deep grooves will raise the skin’s surface and immediately reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
PRP, however, relies primary on the body's own regeneration and healing processes. The growth factors present in the plasma will stimulate repair mechanisms, which will gradually restore the natural state of the skin. It is possible to combine PRP and fat transfer procedures for immediate results and gradual rejuvenation.
Can PRP facial rejuvenation be combined with other procedures?
Yes. PRP treatment is often combined with several "lift" surgeries, including facelifts, jowl-lifts, necklifts, and brow lifts. It is also safe to use in conjunction with laser resurfacing, in which the top layers of skin are removed to reveal smoother texture after the skin has healed. Patients may also opt to combine PRP with a fat transfer treatment to more immediately minimize the appearance of wrinkles.
What side effects are associated with PRP treatment?
Minor bruising, swelling, and irritation can be expected and will last about a week on their own. If performed with other procedures, the side effects of the overall treatment may be longer. It should be noted, however, that as this is a new treatment, and there may be longer-term side effects that have not yet been discovered.
How long do the effects of PRP treatment last?
The effects of PRP treatment vary from individual to individual, as the treatment relies on the unique reactions of each person’s body. Current estimates for length of efficacy for PRP range from 9 to 24 months.
Who is an ideal candidate for PRP therapy?
Most adults with visible signs of aging are good candidates for PRP treatment. Since the treatment is minimally invasive, it is a very attractive option for elderly patients who do not wish to undergo a risky facelift and endure the long recovery period associated with the surgery. All patients should have realistic expectations about the results that PRP treatment can provide.
How many treatments are needed?
As with most injectable treatments, additional touch-ups may be required to maintain the results of PRP treatment. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Rizk at his Manhattan office to understand how many treatments you may require.
How does PRP differ from traditional dermal fillers such as Juvederm, and Restylane?
Juvederm and Restylane fillers are derived from hyaluronic acid and are injected with the expressed purpose of lifting the skin by providing increased volume below the surface. PRP treatment is not a dermal filler, but rather a treatment that harnesses the regenerative power of the human body. As such, PRP therapy tends to last longer and offer more natural results than traditional dermal fillers.
How much does PRP facial rejuvenation cost?
The cost of PRP treatment will vary from city to city and is dependent upon the extent of the area being treated. To minimize complications and maximize benefits, it is important to choose a facial plastic surgeon with extensive experience administering PRP treatments. Not all PRP injections are alike, as they are heavily dependent upon individual factors. Contact Dr. Rizk's NYC office to learn more.
Are PRP injections safe?
PRP injections are very safe as they utilize a substance that is derived from your own body. This minimally invasive procedure does not result in scarring and has only minor side effects associated with it.
Can PRP injections replace facelift?
A facelift is a surgical procedure capable of producing extensive improvements to your appearance. PRP cannot replicate the results of a facelit, but it can offer an alternative to this highly invasive surgery. To learn more about PRP, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rizk in NY to discuss your cosmetic concerns and determine whether this exciting treatment is right for you.