PRP Injections for Facial Rejuvenation: Anti-Aging Options By on July 16, 2017

A woman touching her faceIf you are seeking the latest in anti-aging and facial rejuvenation procedures, consider a visit to our Minneapolis plastic surgery and skin care center. We offer the latest in facial plastic surgery as well as advanced non-surgical cosmetic treatment to remove wrinkles and leave you looking refreshed.

Many people have reach out to us about PRP injections, which were brought to public attention thanks to Kim Kardashian. The procedure is sometimes referred to as a "vampire facial". Let's cover the basics of PRP cosmetic treatment below.

What Is PRP Treatment?

PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. The platelets are cells found in the blood that help tissues heal and grow new cells. PRP treatment uses a patient's own blood to help put platelet-rich plasma into select treatment areas. The procedure can lead to dramatic anti-aging results.

Outside of cosmetic procedures, PRP therapies have been used in dentistry, reconstructive surgery, and orthopedic medicine. Decades of studies have attested to its effectiveness and benefits in various uses.

How Do PRP Injections Work?

When PRP is injected into select parts of the face, it acts as a type of matrix for the growth of new cells. It can also stimulate collagen production, which is an important part of many facial rejuvenation procedures. These new cells and collagen help naturally smooth out the lines and wrinkles of the face, allowing patients to look younger and more refreshed.

Ideal Candidates for PRP Injections

Good candidates for PRP injections are people who have issues with lines and wrinkles of the face that make them look tired or older. Patients should be in relatively good health and have realistic expectations about the procedure, the potential side effects, and the results.

The PRP Injection Procedure

A small amount o blood will be drawn from the patient. This blood is processed so that the platelets are separated from the rest of the blood, increasing overall platelet concentration. The PRP is then injected into the problem areas of the face. The entire procedure takes only 15 to 20 minutes.

The Side Effects of PRP Injections

The side effects of PRP injections are quite mild, with a low risk of complications. Some swelling, redness, or bruising may occur around the injection sites, though this typically only lasts a day to three days. There is no need to take time off from work, and patients can resume their normal daily activities after the procedure is performed.

The Results of PRP Injections

The results of PRP will begin to be apparent about three weeks after the procedure. Patients will notice an improvement in skin texture and appearance, the skin appearing much tighter and more youthful.

It's common for multiple PRP injections to be performed to achieve the best results. This usually involves three separate sessions, each one spaced a month apart or two months apart.

Learn More About PRP Injections

For more information about PRP injection and whether or not they're an ideal option for you and your needs, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Our team looks forward to your visit and discussing these matters in much greater detail.

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Dr. Gregory T. Mesna

Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center

Gregory T. Mesna MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of top-level experience. He performs a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to enhance and rejuvenate the face, body, and breasts. He is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons

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