The team at 8 West Clinic in Vancouver, BC specialize in the complete spectrum of surgical and non surgical skin rejuvenation treatments, working alongside Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Thomas Buonassisi. Through a quality consultation, we will help explore your objectives and determine if injections of platelet rich plasma are right for you.
PRP stands for platelet rich plasma and has applications in many types of medicine. You have probably heard of friends having PRP injected into joints and other parts of the body. The idea behind PRP injections is that platelets contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors, which help with the healing of injuries. For this procedure, a small amount of blood is drawn from the patient and then the platelet rich plasma is separated from the rest, and used for injections. When it comes to injections into the face for cosmetic purposes, the objective of PRP is to improve the texture of the skin and is thought to be particularly effective for treating crepy skin, for example under the eyes or on the décolletage.
While PRP and Selphyl are injected into the facial skin the same way as dermal fillers, the two are very different. Dermal fillers are used to add volume and correct some of the changes we see in our faces as a result of facial volume loss, which is a natural part of the aging process and begins at about age 35. PRP or Selphyl injections improve skin texture, in particular, crepey skin. PRP injections have also been shown to produce other benefits such as hair regrowth.
The vampire facelift received a lot of media attention and many of us have seen the famous photo of Kim Kardashian with blood smeared all over her face. In reality, a PRP treatment does not involve spreading blood on the patient’s face – rather the PRP is injected into the face for skin rejuvenation.
Patients who prefer natural options for facial rejuvenation are often attracted to the idea of PRP injections. Dermal fillers are made with a very safe manufactured hyaloronic acid, whereas PRP injections are done with the patient’s own blood. Your objectives are important and a detailed consultation with uncover which of the many treatments we offer will best address your goals.
Our team of the face and skin specialists are here to answer your questions. Call us at (604) 733-1669 or request a consultation. Your personal information is always kept confidential and we will contact you with 1 business day. Let’s get you one step closer to loving your skin!