If you’re looking for the fountain of youth you may not have to go far. The key to turning back the clock may very well be found in your own blood. More specifically, the platelet rich plasma (PRP) contained therein, called “liquid gold” by some doctors, is made up of fundamental protein growth factors which aid with cell growth, tissue repair and collagen production. PRP therapy, which has been popular in Europe for years, has been used by elite athletes such as Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez to treat sports injuries. It has also been used to stimulate hair growth.
But what will it do for my crows feet, you wonder? When delivered via a micro-needling process, it may very well diminish them, along with reversing the effects of sun damage and improving the appearance of acne scars and hyper- pigmentation. The end result should be more resilient, thicker skin with fewer lines and wrinkles. And because it is your own blood from which PRP is derived, there is virtually no risk of allergic reactions.
The minimally invasive micro-needling technique with Rejuvapen involves a series of tiny, very fine needles which are passed over the skin, creating micro-injuries which trigger new collagen and elastin synthesis as the skin begins to naturally repair itself. These micro-injuries also create channels that allow various substances – serums or your own plasma – to penetrate deeper into the skin resulting in better product efficacy.
PRP Topically vs. The Vampire Facelift (Injections)
I’m seeing some fantastic results with the topical application of PRP instead of application through injections as in the Vampire Facelift. Under this procedure we utilize Micro Needling to “stamp” the skin creating tiny channels along the surface. Then PRP is applied topically to the skin, allowing the full penetration of PRP deep down into the dermis and epidermis layers of the skin.
Topically applying PRP enables it to get into more planes in the skin, compared to injections where the PRP is isolated to the injected area. Thus the micro needling allows PRP to get into the skin more evenly affecting the total face rather than secluded sections.
Additionally with topical application of PRP there is less pain and “down time” compared to injections. The treatment method is completely safe and ideal for all skin types.
Appropriate for all skin types, celebrities have been jumping on the bandwagon for this so-called vampire facial which counts Kim Kardashian and Bar Rafaeli are among its devotees. Nor is the procedure limited to the face. It can also be used on numerous body parts including the neck, décolleté, back, thighs, butt, arms and head for hair regrowth.
The procedure begins with drawing a bit of blood by the doctor’s R.N. Then we place the blood in a centrifuge which is spun it at a very rapid rate, separating the platelets from the red and white blood cells. In the meantime, your face (or other body part) is numbed with a lidocaine cream. As soon as the lidocaine takes effect the platelet-rich plasma is applied topically on a part of your face (or other body part) and passes the micro-needling pen over that section.
The process is repeated until your entire face (or other body part) had been covered, on the face this includes the under-eye areas. The procedure, which lasts approximately 60 minutes including the blood-drawing, isn’t painful, your skin may sting a bit and feel tight in the immediate aftermath. You may look like you had had a sunburn and there may be some swelling and bruising too.
The vial of blood is placed in the centrifuge and then spun around for 12 -14 minutes. The process of centrifugation concentrates the beneficial components of blood enhancing their effects.
Your first night, we suggest to sleep with your head in an elevated position and take a Benadryl to reduce the swelling. The next day, you may still be a little red and have a little bit of bruising, but was less swollen. The day after that, your skin may start peeling. All in all, it recommend that anyone who decides to undergo this procedure clear their social calendars for a couple of days afterwards.
4 -6 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart for optimal results should suffice provided one stays hydrated and follows the skin care regime routine at home that is recommended.
Maintenance with 1 -2 treatments yearly thereafter.
It may take up to two days for the redness to go away and another two for the peeling to stop. It is important to note here that the reaction to treatment depends on the condition of your skin. Some may not experience redness or peeling but all will experience cell turnover.