Dr. Stephen P. Hardy offers a variety of facial procedures to refresh your appearance. One of the newest is the PRP facelift, which he performs at his practices in Missoula, MT, and New York, NY. PRP treatments are sometimes called a “vampire facelift,” however, our office combines a full facelift with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to improve healing and reduce scarring. The PRP facelift can provide faster recovery times and can produce very satisfying results for both men and women. If you would like to find out if a PRP facelift is right for you, please contact us and schedule a consultation.
PRP is derived from your own blood, which is primarily made of liquid, otherwise called plasma. However, blood also contains red cells, white cells, and platelets. Platelets help clot blood and also contain growth factors that are very important for healing injuries.
PRP is produced by placing small samples of blood in a centrifuge, a machine that spins the vials at a high rate of speed, to separate the liquid from the solid components. The platelets are then separated from the other cells to increase their concentration, and combined with the plasma to be injected once again.
PRP has traditionally been used in orthopedic surgery, and to treat recurring tendon and joint issues for athletes. Studies have shown that the increase in growth-factor concentration in PRP can speed healing and shorten recovery times.
PRP therapy can improve the healing process, resulting in faster, more natural-looking results with less chance of complications.
At our office, we provide a combination of the full facelift with PRP therapy to improve your results. During a PRP facelift, we will make incisions, remove excess skin and tissues, and shift skin into the most cosmetic arrangement before placing sutures, just as we do for a full facelift. However, with PRP therapy, patients can experience better and faster healing.
The pre-made PRP solution will be added to the incision sites, under the skin, and along the sutures to speed healing. The inclusion of PRP can reduce swelling, blood loss, and decrease bruising around the face. In some cases, sutures are able to be removed earlier with PRP therapy. Many patients also report that PRP is able to restore volume in the face that has been lost to age.
When combining a full facelift with PRP treatment, we are able to offer more significant results:
The risks of this procedure include the usual side effects that accompany a regular full facelift procedure, including swelling, bruising, bleeding, and infection. However, PRP treatment presents no additional side effects and can even decrease some risks associated with facelifts.
The mixture is made from your own blood, ensuring there is no chance of rejection and requiring no further incisions or invasive techniques. PRP therapy can also improve the healing process, resulting in faster, more natural-looking results with less chance of complications.