Ready to have a facelift but not ready for the commitment of going into surgery?
Need a little pick-me-up in your look that leaves your skin looking younger and rejuvenated?
A PRP facelift may be just what you’re looking for. With this procedure, your tired, sagging features will get a lift and your skin will glow like it hasn’t in years. How? It all starts with using one of your body’s best ingredients for great-looking skin — plasma.
Here’s what you need to know about PRP injections:
What Is a PRP Facelift?
A PRP facelift is an injection for the face that enhances the appearance of the skin, diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, and gives an overall more youthful appearance to the skin. It’s a non-surgical option to lift the skin, rejuvenate the skin’s tone and texture, and increase collagen production.
PRP actually stands for platelet-rich plasma and works by combining a dermal filler (like Hyaluronic Acid) with the patient’s own plasma to boost the effects of the filler. Adding the plasma brings the benefits of fillers to new levels by making it more receptive to the body and producing more natural results.
So how do we get the plasma to achieve these great results? First, we draw the patient’s blood. Once it’s drawn into a tube, we put the tube in a centrifuge and spin it for five minutes. During the spinning, the plasma and hemoglobin separate. We pull the plasma off the top and mix it with the filler. Then the PRP injection is ready for your face.
Why does it work so well? The dermal filler is a vehicle for dispersing your own natural plasma. So you’re not only reaping the benefits of the filler, but you’re also getting enhanced effects of your body’s natural healing process and growth factors. The addition of the plasma makes the filler last longer and promotes increased collagen production — it’s a double-win!
How Is a PRP Facelift Different From Other Dermal Fillers?
It’s using your own growth factors that makes PRP facelifts more effective than regular filler injections. The collagen-building effects of the plasma don’t just give your skin a lift, but they also impact the appearance of the skin itself. With a PRP injection for your face, you’ll notice a refreshing glow as soon as 24 hours after treatment. Even when the dermal fillers haven’t taken full effect, the skin looks more vibrant. Once the fillers take effect, the plasma also enhances the hyaluronic acid filler and extends its life span.
Who Should Get a PRP Injection for Their Face?
Patients of almost any age can benefit from a PRP facelift. Really, it’s for anyone looking to extend the life of their fillers or tighten and brighten their skin. Plus, it’s not just corrective — it’s preventative.
In your 20s and 30s, a PRP facelift is a great way to prevent the effects of aging, especially under the eyes. Prevention makes problems so much easier to manage. The effects of aging are best treated before we can see them.
Already past that point? It’s okay. You’re not too late to benefit from PRP injections. As you get older, this procedure serves as a correction for wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, tone, texture, and some scarring.
We even use PRP injections for lip augmentations. Patients as young as 18 (or younger with their parents’ consent) benefit from a natural-looking, longer-lasting lip augmentation with PRP injections.
How Quickly Will I See Results?
After a PRP injection, you’ll start to see a difference in the tone and texture of your skin within a day. You’ll notice your skin looks brighter and more refreshed as the benefits from the plasma appear almost immediately.
After about a week, you’ll see the filler start to take effect. It’ll continue to improve over the course of a month as the filler settles in and your body builds collagen from your own growth factors. During this time, you’ll notice improved skin tone, a smoother texture, and diminished lines, wrinkles, and scarring.
These effects last 6-12 months depending on the age of the patient, their lifestyle, and the number of fillers used. If it’s a preventative treatment, it lasts longer. If you’re correcting a long-term problem, you’ll likely need more tubes more often.
If you’ve had filler treatments before, you’ll be glad to know adding plasma prolongs the life of the fillers — that means fewer treatments and fewer times of discomfort.
How Much Does a PRP Facelift Cost?
The price of PRP varies based on what type of filler you’re using and the amount of filler and plasma needed to treat the area. For most patients, a PRP injection costs between $800 and $1,500.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
PRP facelifts are usually a one-and-done procedure. Some patients opt for another treatment because of how much they love the results and the glow of their skin, but there’s not a series of treatments required. When it wears off, a patient can decide if they want to do it again.
The only area that sometimes requires a series of treatments is the tear trough. In this area, we only use plasma (no filler) to create a more natural look than we can achieve with a hyaluronic acid filler, which can sometimes give the Tyndall effect (a blue tone) and look bumpy. Because there’s no filler used, some patients need multiple treatments to see full improvement.
Is There Pain or Bruising Involved?
This procedure is no more painful than other injection treatments. For most PRP injections for the face, the patient doesn’t even need a numbing agent. For lip augmentations, we use topical numbing. If the patient prefers to come into the office fully numb before their treatment, we can send them the numbing medicine prior to the appointment. We also use a small needle to draw the blood for the plasma, but most patients do not find that process painful.
Bruises are less common with a PRP facelift than with other types of injections. Since the injected substance contains the patient’s plasma, the body absorbs it quickly. If there is a bruise, it usually only lasts about two days (as opposed to other filler bruises that last up to a week).
All in all, PRP injections last longer and bruise less than the dermal fillers as they prevent or correct signs of aging. And because they use the plasma from the body, the body generally responds to it better.