The Natural Filler — Platelet-Rich Plasma
Over the years, patients have approached Oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Amiya Prasad, M.D. and expressed their desire for a natural facial filler with no risk of allergic reaction. His response to such requests involve the process of using platelet-rich plasma or PRP. Often referred to as a “vampire facelift” or the “Dracula facelift”, platelet-rich plasma makes use of a patient’s own blood to rejuvenate their own appearance in a similar way that popular fillers such as Restylane does. This procedure is not a surgical facelift nor does it create the same effect as a facelift. The procedure helps restore or enhance areas which require volume.
How Does Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment Work?
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 contains growth factors which stimulate your body to repair and restore tissues using your body’s own natural processes. It also exhibits wound and soft tissue healing. With his technique, Dr. Prasad is able to rejuvenate your skin by isolating elements from your blood which can then be injected below wrinkles, folds and even acne scars with the intention of healing them without the risk of allergic reactions.
In face Dr. Prasad also uses platelet-rich plasma to accelerate recovery from and to enhance the results of rhinoplasty, facelift, fat transfer and facial implant surgery.
Platelet-rich plasma can be used for the following:
- Improve the glabellar lines (the number 11 sign between the brow)
- 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)
The Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment Process
After determining that 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 basic blood tests at your doctor’s office. Dr. Amiya Prasad uses platelet-rich plasma (PRP) with Selphyl® technology (an FDA cleared device 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.
The blood drawn from the patient will then be used to prepare the Selphyl® PRFM in a 6-minute process. During that time, the areas of the face that are to be treated will be cleansed and numbed, either with a topical cream or spray or with a small injection. Once this is done, the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or Selphyl® PRFM is injected into the skin to be treated. Cold 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 Treatment
Immediately after treatment, expect the treated area to look slightly red, though this typically fades in a few hours. There is usually very little bruising, which is generally limited to a few “points” and can easily be covered with make-up. There will be some mild swelling, which in most patients fades in a few days. Beyond this, there is usually some “settling” of effect over the first 1-2 weeks, after which the improvements noted are long lasting.
Before and After Photos for Platelet-Rich Plasma Cases
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 exact results shown. However, these photos will illustrate the changes that are possible with these procedures.
Click here for a recent article published in the journal “Journal of Drugs in Dermatology” about Platelet-Rich Plasma