Platelet Rich Plasma is here!
Formally known as platelet-rich-plasma therapy (PRP) or the Vampire Facelift, is the technology of using your own natural blood plasma as an injectable is borrowed from the world of orthopedics, where it’s used for the treatment of tendonitis primarily. Because tendons get very little blood, the idea is to speed healing by flooding the injured site with your own concentrated platelets, the tiny colorless bodies that release growth factors to repair tissue.
Savvy dermatologists and plastic surgeons decided to try PRP on wrinkles, since the growth factors it releases are the same ones that spur fibroblasts (the cells that make collagen) into action. While PRP has been FDA approved for orthopedic injuries, practitioners may legally administer it, off label, for cosmetic use. That’s when Sharon Palm steps up! (Yes, I am brave for all the right reasons, ladies and gentlemen). You’ll need to submit to a blood draw similar to donating blood. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the red and white blood cells, and a few minutes later, the platelet-enriched “broth” is ready. The PRP is then injected around your crow’s feet, into the cheeks, into vertical lines around your mouth; even into wrinkles in the neck or décolleté! The results take about 6 weeks to manifest and have been found to last about a year. It’s still hard to predict because the aesthetic use of PRP is still in it’s infancy and published research is lean.
The difference between PRP and prepackaged fillers is that nothing is artificial – plasma is your own, safe, and naturally present in your body at all times. However, unlike with other filler, with PRP you have to be willing to wait for the change. In our experience, and in many of our patients’ experiences with this technique, it has definitely been worth the wait.