What is the PRP Facelift?
In the case of the PRP Facelift, PRP is injected and combined with the use of hyaluronic acid filler such as Juvederm or Restylane Lyft. The filler is injected first into the areas of the deepest lines and greatest need. After the PRP concentration process described for the PRP Facial, the PRP Facelift differs by targeting multiple areas of the face (such as the forehead, under the eyes, and the cheeks) with PRP injection. After injection and over the next post-treatment days, the injected platelets release growth factors which stimulate collagen production, and tissue regeneration similar to the PRP Facial, but at a much deeper level. Any swelling or redness is usually extremely minimal and temporary. After the PRP Facelift, you will notice a definite difference in the skin quality, volume, and pore size. The results will start to be seen and felt about 2-3 weeks after the procedure, and they’ll continue to improve for up to 3-4 months or more post-treatment. Results should last at least 1 year and have been known to last up to 18 months.
What areas are treated by the PRP Facelift?
- Lines at the corners of the mouth (“bunny lines”)
- Dynamic wrinkles on the nose (“bunny nose”)
- Lines in the corners of the eyes (“crow’s feet”)
- Forehead wrinkles
- Frown lines
- Décolleté (low neckline)
- Smile lines
- Plumping of the cheeks
Who is a good candidate for the PRP Facelift?
The PRP Facelift is NOT for everyone. People with more advanced signs of aging may benefit more from surgical treatment and/or BOTOX applications. People with less visible signs of aging may benefit from using less extensive non-surgical procedures like hyaluronic acid fillers and PRP alone.
How long will the effects last?
Most agree that the positive effects will last at least a year. The positive effects will likely last longer with better general skin care (e.g. no smoking, no tanning, good diet). Also, regular health maintenance helps prolong results. However, no procedure is a one-time event. Think of it like getting your hair cut. We can figuratively turn back the clock, but we cannot stop the clock. If you like the results, periodic ongoing maintenance will be required to restore the youthful effects.
How soon after the PRP Facelift can I go back to work?
There is little downtime to this procedure, and it has been called a “lunchtime lift” because recovery is typically minimal. You can expect some redness and minimal bruising. There are no driving or activity restrictions except to avoid excessive sun exposure. Some experience some mild swelling which is normal depending on the treatment you have.