The Natural Filler: Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

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Rejuvenate Your Skin the Natural Way

People nowadays are on the hunt for natural fillers that offer little to no risk of allergic reactions. This has lead to the creation of procedures such as the “vampire facelift” or the “Dracula facelift”, wherein the person’s own blood is used to rejuvenate their appearance much like the way popular fillers such as Restylane or Perlane do. Dr. Prasad, however, advocates his own version of all-natural facial enhancer — platelet rich plasma (PRP).

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) can be used for the following:

  • Improve the glabellar lines (the number 11 sign between the brows)
  • Improve the forehead lines
  • Improve the appearance of periorbital lines (crow’s feet)
  • Improve nasolabial folds
  • Improve smile lines
  • Treat acne scars
  • Improve the vertical lip lines (lipstick lines)
  • Improve the marionette lines (the ones from the corners of the mouth to the chin)

Dr. Amiya Prasad has been using the process of platelet rich plasma to enhance and restore the skin of the face and neck. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) contains growth factors which stimulate your body to repair and restore tissues using your body’s own natural healing processes. With his technique, Dr. Prasad is able to rejuvenate your skin by isolating specific elements from your blood which can then be injected into wrinkles, folds and even acne scars.

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) systems such as Selphyl® technology, produce a platelet rich fibrin matrix (PRFM) from your own blood. This PRFM contains the growth factors your body uses to initiate and control wound healing, thus improving wrinkles, folds and scars (including acne scars) on your face in combination with or without surgery or lasers. Dr. Prasad also uses platelet rich plasma (PRP) to accelerate recovery and enhance the results of rhinoplasty, facelift, fat transfer and facial implant surgery procedures.

The Process

First, a small amount of your blood is drawn, similar to having routine blood tests in your doctor’s office). Dr. Prasad then uses the platelet rich plasma (PRP) with Selphyl® technology (an FDA-cleared device designed to separate the elements of your blood in a specific way) to generate a platelet rich fibrin matrix (PRFM).

This Selphyl® PRFM primarily contains fibrin, a natural blood protein, and platelets, the part of your blood chiefly responsible for stopping bleeding. Platelets also contain growth factors and proteins which signal cells in your body to perform tasks such as producing or reorganizing collagen, developing blood vessels, etc. The platelets in the Selphyl® PRFM, as opposed to other platelet systems, release these growth factors in a concentrated but natural way.

It is believed that these growth factors stimulate the cells in the treated tissue, such as those below wrinkles, folds, laugh lines and acne scars, and rejuvenates the skin over the next few weeks.

The Platelet Rich Plasma Procedure

After determining whether the platelet rich plasma (PRP) or Selphyl® platelet rich fibrin matrix (PRFM) is right for you, a small amount of your blood will be drawn, similar to having routine blood tests at your doctor’s office. This will then used to prepare the Selphyl® PRFM in a 6-minute process. During that time, the areas of the face to be treated will be cleansed and numbed, either with a topical cream, spray, or with a small injection.

Once this is done, the platelet rich plasma (PRP) or Selphyl® PRFM is injected directly into the skin to be treated. Cool compresses are then applied to these areas. The entire process typically takes no more than 15-20 minutes.

What to Expect After Platelet Rich Plasma Injections

Immediately after treatment with platelet rich plasma (PRP) or Selphyl® platelet rich fibrin matrix (PRFM), expect that the treated area will become slightly red. This will typically fade in a few hours. There is usually very little bruising, and in any case that there should be any bruising, it is generally limited to a few “points” and can easily be covered with make-up. Expect some mild swelling, which, in most patients, fades in a few days.

Beyond this, there is usually a “settling” of effect over the first 1-2 weeks, after which the improvements noted are long-lasting. Selphyl® PRFM can provide a natural-looking improvement using your body’s own capacity for repair and regeneration.

Before and After Platelet Rich Plasma Injectable Examples

Shown here are before (left) and after (right) views of actual patients. It’s important to remember that every patient responds differently to surgery, and no one can be certain that he or she will get the results shown. However, these photos will illustrate the changes that are possible with these procedures.