The Latest in Fillers: Your Own Blood

Beauty doesn’t have to be ordinary. If your regular doctor visits, skin-care regimen and beauty salon sessions seem a little dry and drab; try sprucing up your beauty routine with one of these unique beauty treatments.
Blood as an anti-ager:
A unique filler uses blood to diminish the effects of aging by gradually increasing volume by ramping up collagen production. PRP (platelet rich plasma) has been around for at least a decade and is used to repair damage to areas like the knees and ankles. Blood platelets contain growth factors that regenerate damaged tissue. Applying this technique to the skin makes perfect sense since you’re using your own collagen and platelets to heal damage.

– A small amount of your blood is drawn, and the platelets and fibrin are separated into a concentrate known as the matrix, which is injected into skin depressions, acne scars, and wrinkles and folds.
– Upon injection, the platelets release growth factors that trigger the cells to proliferate, in turn increasing volume and rejuvenating the skin.
– Performed in your doctor’s office, the procedure takes under half an hour, and results—which are immediate but seen at full capacity after three weeks—have been shown to last beyond a year and a half.
– No unnatural substances are used, so there is no need for allergy testing, and no serious side effects have been reported. Long-term studies are necessary to show whether this technique is truly effective.

During the 30- to 45-minute procedure, which is sometimes called the “vampire facelift,” a small amount of the patient’s blood is drawn, which is then spun in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets that are used to create platelet-rich plasma (PRP). When injected under problem areas, like crow’s-feet or under the eyes, it’s believed to stimulate new cell growth and restore volume. There’s almost no downtime, although a cold press may be used to ease initial swelling.
Other areas it’s been used include under the cheeks, around the mouth and in pock-marked skin caused by acne. The technology may have other implications as well, such as supporting hair transplantation.

Since PRP is made from the patient’s own blood, the chance of rejection or allergic reaction is virtually none. Plus, results can last up to 18 months. The injected PRP is said to start boosting collagen production right away, and results can be seen anywhere from 10 days to three weeks.

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