Platelet Rich Plasma [PRP] or Platelet Rich Fibrin Matrix is an all new, natural dermal filler and skin stimulant using the patient's own blood as the product. The patient has 1-3 small tubes of blood drawn which is then placed in a hight tech centrifuge, specially set up for this procedure. The blood for procedure is spun at a set rate and the platelets and fibrin are separated from the other substances in the blood like red blood cells. As you may know, platelets and fibrin are what help the blood to clot; however, when they are concentrated and injected back into the skin, they appear to stimulate the growth of new collagen. Collagen, the prototypical dermal filler, is what gives skin its fullness, suppleness, and elasticity.
What makes the PRP injectable filler approach so attractive to patients is that it takes something that is natural to the body and re-purposes it for use as a cosmetic treatment. There is no rejection by the body's immune system because it is the patient's own blood. Also the separation of platelets and fibrin takes about 14 minutes to complete and can be done right in the treatment room. The actual injection after the PRP is processed takes less than 10 minutes. The difference with this process is the presence of the natural growth factors to stimulate the cells in the skin which other fillers do not do as efficiently.
The PRP facelift is really no different than any other dermal filler treatment in terms of what it can be used to treat. Platelet Rich Fibrin Matrix injectable filler can be used to treat naso labial lines (from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth), Glabellar lines (forehead crease between the eyebrows), as well as fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. It's also a great product to enhance the cheeks. Before it was being used as part of the "vampire face lift" for purely cosmetic reasons, the technology had been applied to the correction of post-operative scars, burns and wound repair treatments, as well as orthopaedics for tendon and ligament injuries and so the whole process is not new, just a new application.