A facelift is a surgical procedure that is used to lift and tighten the skin on the face in order to reverse some of the signs of aging. While it is widely used and is popular among many individuals, there are countless others who want to avoid the risks, discomfort and downtime associated with such an invasive surgery. These individuals will either endure the effects of aging or look for alternative treatment methods. Fortunately for those who are not satisfied with simply choosing to look old, there are non-surgical methods available. One such method that is growing in popularity is the PRP facelift.
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. It is done when a sample of the patient’s own blood is taken and spun in a centrifuge machine. This separates the components. The platelets are then injected back into the body in the area where the treatment is needed. It is frequently used to help speed the healing process following an injury. It has been discovered, however, that it will also reverse some of the common signs of aging.
Whenever you start to age, your skin will begin to sag. The sagging develops because the skin starts to become loose. This also leads to the development of lines and wrinkles. Common places include along the edges of the eyes. These wrinkles are sometimes referred to as crow’s feet. Wrinkles can also happen across the forehead and around the mouth.
What causes the looseness that leads to wrinkles is a loss of collagen in the skin. It is a protein that is naturally produced by the body. Its purpose is to help hold tissue together and to give the skin fullness. This fullness is what keeps the skin tight and wrinkle-free during the younger years. As the aging process sets in, the body will produce collagen in smaller amounts, as opposed to the younger years. This reduction is what leads to loose skin and wrinkles.
By stimulating the growth of more collagen than what is naturally present as one ages, the levels can return to what they were when they kept the skin firm and tight. In effect, this growth of collagen enables the skin to rejuvenate itself. Injecting platelet-rich plasma under the skin via the PRP facelift procedure will cause collagen to grow. As it does, the wrinkles will start to disappear, the skin’s tightness will return, and you will have close to what a facelift does, but without the surgery. In addition, there is no risk of an adverse reaction. PRP therapy is only injecting material back into the body that was there all along.