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PRP: The Vampire Facial

By March 21, 2013 No Comments

So, we live in a world that idolizes “Twilight” and “True Blood” characters. But what is it about vampires that intrigues us? Answer: Eternal youth and flawless, chiseled features. What is this new craze, then, that touts the “Vampire Facelift” and “Vampire Facial?” These procedures consist of taking your own blood, separating out platelet rich plasma (PRP), and reinjecting it into the proposed area of rejuvenation. The result? Subtle and lasting improvements in fine lines and wrinkles, a more youthful quality and texture to the skin, with minimal down time.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Prolotherapy (injections), is a method of injection designed to stimulate healing. “Platelet rich plasma” is defined as “a patient’s own blood with concentrations of platelets above baseline levels, which contains at least seven growth factors.” Platelets contain a number of proteins, cytokines and other bioactive factors that initiate and regulate basic aspects of natural wound healing. Activated platelets “signal” to distant repair cells, including adult stem cells, to come to the injury site.

Translation: You could compare injections alone and injections with PRP this way: Prolotherapy is like planting seeds in a garden; PRP Prolotherapy is planting seeds with fertilizer.

Therefore, if injectable fillers or fat are injected into an area, the effects last longer and look better.

Come in for a free consultation to determine whether you are a candidate for the “Vampire Facial.” Call the Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group at (310) 853-5147 today!