The body contains many natural substances that promote healing and rejuvenation. However, many of these substances slow in production as we get older, and some areas of the body age more quickly than others. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections use natural substances from the patient’s body to treat areas of the face that need focused rejuvenation. Long used to help heal injured athletes, PRP injections encourage the body to use its own natural processes to heal areas in need of additional help. Also known as the “vampire facelift,” this procedure can fill wrinkles, fine lines, and hollows to produce a more youthful complexion.
How the Procedure Works
We will begin your procedure by drawing a small amount of blood from your arm. The blood will be separated by a special centrifuge machine to separate out the plasma and separate the platelets from the white and red blood cells. Advanced technology performs this action in approximately 20 minutes and then processes the plasma and platelets to produce platelet-rich plasma. Changing the concentration of platelets in the plasma to be three to four times the normal level gives them more power to rejuvenate the skin, repair damaged tissues, and reverse the signs of aging.
Dr. Omidi will inject the PRP into target areas such as areas of volume loss or wrinkles in the facial skin. The platelets within the PRP will signal cells in your body to promote repair of aging or damaged tissues in addition to creating blood supply that will bring nutrients to the tissues. Immediately after treatment, you may experience temporary redness and spotting, but you should be ready to go about your daily life by the next day. The results will take some time to become more noticeable. As time passes, the concentrated PRP helps to improve the quality of skin, giving you a more youthful appearance and glow. For younger patients, these changes may become noticeable sooner due to the faster healing process associated with youth.
The Benefits of PRP Injections
Using PRP creates a naturally youthful and vibrant complexion. Those who have acne scars and fine lines can see natural improvements due to the PRP. This treatment is an excellent option for those who are not interested in or who do not qualify for treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic or dermal fillers. It also provides highly natural-looking results with smoother skin and a brighter complexion. If desired, PRP can be combined with additional procedures to further enhance the results.
PRP combined with Microneedling for Facial Wrinkles and Acne (Vampire Facelift)
PRP has other uses in addition to facial rejuvenation. The PRP can be combined with microneedling or lasers such as Erbium or CO2 to deliver the PRP where it is needed. The Platelets and other molecules in your blood will stimulate production of new collagen, elastin and other molecules that will make your skin younger, smoother and more taut.
Benefits of Vampire Facelift with PRP
- Correction of wrinkles
- Improvement of texture
- Improvement of blood supply
- Improvement in skin elasticity
- Droopiness of skin
PRP for Hair Loss
PRP has been show to be an excellent therapy for thinning and falling hair. The PRP will be injected with a numbing medicine into the areas of thinning hair. The PRP will stimulate your body to increase blood supply and cells responsible for healing of cells. These together will provide nutrition to the hair follicles and stimulate hair growth. Studies show that a significantly less hair falls out even after the first therapy of PRP. We recommend 6-8 treatments initially and then maintenance every 6 months.
PRP for knee injury or ankle injury
PRP became popular when Kobe Bryant used it to treat his knee and ankle in a medical center in Germany. Since then, many professional athletes use PRP injections to treat injuries such as injured tendons and sprained knees. PRP offers a faster recovery than alternative procedures and therapies, and many patients experience a reduction in pain and thickening cartilage indicative of the healing process. PRP may even help to prevent a need for surgery. Another use for PRP includes treatment for hair loss, as the essential proteins within PRP stimulate hair growth. Especially when combined with other treatments, PRP may help to reverse hair loss and increase hair fullness.
Dr. Michael Omidi is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with multiple offices in southern California. During your consultation, he will help you determine if PRP injections or other treatments are best for you. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Omidi, please call (310) 2810155 or fill out our online contact form today.