PRP AUSTIN – PLATELET RICH PLASMA

DR. SNEED’S PATENTED STEMGLO™ PRP PROCEDURE IS  HERE! Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is exactly what the name suggests. The substance is a by-product of blood (plasma) that is rich in platelets. Until now, its use has been confined to the hospital setting. New technology permits the harvest and produces a sufficient quantity of platelets from only 20 cc of blood drawn from the patient.

WHY ALL THE EXCITEMENT ABOUT PRP AUSTIN?

Over the last several years there has been much excitement surrounding applications of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in aesthetic medicine, including facial rejuvenation. Increasing the number of platelets and growth factors in the blood can have regenerative effects on the skin, slowing or reversing the signs of aging. Some doctors like Dr. Sneed, use Austin PRP treatments in areas where dermal fillers, neurotoxins and lasers aren’t always effective, including around the eyes and mouth.

STEM CELLS IN PRP AUSTIN

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You may be wondering how all of this works and why PRP can make a difference in your own body or on your skin.  As it turns out, humans and other animals (veterinarians have used this therapy for decades) actually produce their own stem cells, which have a multitude of functions, including producing new collagen growth, as well as new vasculature (oxygen-delivering blood vessels). Growth factors and platelets which are found in the blood can actually stimulate the body’s own stem cells to be produced in greater numbers.  And, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) which can be produced in our office from drawing a small amount of your own blood contains three to five times the amount found in your normal blood.

At Aesthetica MedSpa, Sneed Medical, and Austin Family Practice Associates, we have extensive experience in this area of medicine. Currently, we can use your own PRP (a concentrate coming from your own body) to facilitate our PRP Facelift, to use in conjunction with micropenning, to stimulate hair growth on the scalp, and when injected into joints, to help with movement and function of the body.  It is also extremely helpful in improving the texture of the skin, and can even be useful with acne scarring.

PRP TREATMENT IN AUSTIN FOR THE AROUND THE EYES AND MOUTH

Dr. Sneed uses platelet-rich plasma therapies to treat the areas around the eyes and mouth. Austin PRP injections may be effective in delicate areas such as the tear trough, adding plumpness and improving skin texture. They can also be used to treat crow’s feet. Platelet-rich plasma is also contained in filler products used to treat deep or fine lines and wrinkles in the perioral area — the area around the mouth.

AUSTIN PRP FAQs


WHAT IS THE LATEST IN FACIAL REJUVENATION IN THE USA?

Injections involving platelet-rich plasma (PRP) are the latest wave in facial rejuvenation. Austin facial rejuvenation with PRP is also known as PRP facial rejuvenation, blood facelift and Blood PRP Lift. In Austin PRP is blood that contains higher concentrations of platelets and growth factors than normal blood. These substances stimulate stem cells to produce collagen and blood vessels, in turn slowing or reversing the signs of aging.

HOW IS IT DONE?

A patient’s blood (about 20cc) is placed in a centrifuge and spun in order to separate the blood from the growth factors, platelets and stem cells. This rejuvenative mixture is then micro-injected in areas of the face where signs of aging have appeared, such as the areas surrounding the eyes, cheeks, mouth and forehead.

HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM FAT TRANSFER?

The regenerative cells in PRP are different from the ones in the fat used in fat transfer procedures. Also, fat transfer has a more “volumizing” effect than the regenerative cells in PRP. However, the two can be combined for a more comprehensive procedure.

CAN PRP FACIAL REJUVENATION BE DONE BOTH ALONE AND WITH OTHER PROCEDURES?

Yes. If done alone it can be performed under local anesthesia or sedation. It can be combined with fat transfer for a more volumizing effect, and with laser resurfacing.

HOW LONG IS RECOVERY?

Minor bruising or swelling will last about a week if the procedure is performed alone. Most patients look presentable and return to work in 2-3 days. If it is performed in conjunction with laser treatment, recovery will last about a week. If PRP facial rejuvenation is performed with fat transfer, the recovery is about a week.

HOW LONG DO THE REJUVENATIVE EFFECTS LAST?

All cosmetic filler injections require maintenance, including PRP facial rejuvenation.This is a new procedure that is still under investigation, so at present we do not know for certain how long the rejuvenative effects last. But a good estimate is nine to 24 months.

WHO IS AN IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR PRP?

Because PRP facial rejuvenation is a minimally invasive procedure, most adults with signs of aging are good candidates. The fact that it is less invasive makes it an attractive option for elderly patients, since the incisions made in facelift and other invasive facial procedures take longer to heal in older patients. However, it should be noted that PRP injections do have their limits; they cannot make an elderly patient look 25 years old.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?

It’s difficult to know because the procedure is so new, but “maintenance” treatments are required. Results should last nine to 24 months, depending on the patient’s anatomy and individual circumstances.

WHAT FACIAL FEATURES BENEFIT FROM PRP?

All areas of the face, including the eyes, cheeks, mouth and forehead, can benefit from PRP injections.

CAN IT REALLY GET RID OF WRINKLES?

Yes, though it’s unclear exactly how long the results last, it can be an effective way to reduce wrinkles, especially when combined with fillers.

IS PRP COMBINED WITH FAT TRANSFER EFFECTIVE?

Yes, because fat transfer has a more volumizing effect, it is a great complement to PRP injections.

ARE PRP AUSTIN INJECTIONS SAFE?

PRP Austin facial injections are minimally invasive and very safe. There are no scars, few side effects and allergic reactions are rare.

CAN PRP AUSTIN INJECTIONS REPLACE FACELIFT?

No, the facelift procedure is far more extensive, and results last longer. However, because PRP injections are much less invasive, they may be better for many patients — especially those requiring a less dramatic transformation. These injections also involve far less healing time.

PRP AUSTIN AGING FACTS

AS WE BEGIN TO AGE:

1. Our skin color changes because of less underlying blood flow.
2. The shape becomes collapsed and droopy as muscles and collagen decreases.
3. Skin texture becomes less smooth.
4. Fine and coarse wrinkles begin to appear.
5. Our skin elasticity decreases.
6. Thinning of the dermis (volume loss)—such as seen with weight loss.
7. And as a result the person looks “worn” or “tired” or “droopy”. The lively rosy hue seen in children of every skin color fades to a dull gray.

Although there can be a place for a surgical facelift, such procedures are not necessarily a panacea or cure-all to the concerns of the aging face. Cosmetic surgery when needed can remove excess skin and make the person appear younger. However, a surgical facelift can actually contribute to a face collapse as the skin stretches tighter against the bone making the person look skeletonized