Facial Aesthetics Chicago
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Although blood is mainly a liquid (called plasma), it contains small solid components (red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets). Platelets are necessary for normal clotting. These same platelets when activated, release several proteins as well as growth factors which release stem cells. The growth factors and stem cells stimulate skin regeneration, increase collagen formation, skin-tightening and overall rejuvenation.
How is PRP used?
Dr. McCullom has been using PRP for fourteen years. For facial cosmetic use, he uses PRP in what has been trademarked a Vampire Facelift®. This cutting edge rejuvenation treatment is a quick 20-30 minute procedure. A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient and placed in a sterile tube. While the patient waits, the tube is spun down in a centrifuge at a pre-calculated speed for 12 minutes to separate the different components of the blood.
The platelets have now been isolated and concentrated (5-10x normal). The separated platelets are then activated with calcium chloride to release more growth factors. After local anesthesia has been given, the PRP is injected into the appropriate area with very small needles similar to those used in Botox® injections.
Who should get it done?
The treatment is ideal for individuals looking for gradual, but noticeable improvement in skin texture, tone and color with minimal downtime. The results give you a fresher and healthier appearance. PRP can be used on all skin types and colors. It helps eliminate skin wrinkles, improves the appearance, hastens the healing process and increases the length of time that dermal filler lasts.
For the best results, up to three treatments, 4-8 weeks apart is recommended. Improvement in the skin texture is noticeable within the first month while collagen regeneration may take 3 months. The improvements continue over the next year as new collagen production continues.
Are there any side effects to the PRP?
Because PRP is made from the patient’s own blood, there is no risk for rejection, infection or an allergic reaction. There may be minimal swelling, redness or bruising from the small needle prick, but these resolve quickly. Applying cold compresses helps to minimize these minor occurrences.