The Natural Filler – Platelet Rich Plasma

In our practice, we have some people who come in and want a natural filler with no risk of allergic reaction. Recently people have come in asking for the “vampire facelift” or the “Dracula facelift” where the person’s own blood is used to rejuvenate their appearance in a way like popular fillers such as Restylane. This procedure is not a surgical facelift nor does it create the same effect as a facelift. The procedure helps restore or enhance areas which require volume.

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) can be used for the following:

  • Improve the glabellar lines (the number 11 sign between the brow)
  • Improve the Forehead lines
  • Improve the appearance of periorbital lines (crow’s feet)
  • Improve Nasolabial folds
  • Improve smile lines
  • Treat acne scars
  • Improve the vertical lip lines (lipstick lines)
  • Improve the marionette lines (the ones from the corners of the mouth to the chin)
  • Improve the appearance of stretch marks
  • Improve the appearance of dark circles under the eyes
  • Improve hair growth
  • Improve the appearance of old scars

Kornelia Hauck specialised in the process of Platelet Rich Plasma treatment to enhance and restore the skin of all body areas specially the face and neck. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) contains growth factors which stimulate your body to repair and restore tissues using your body’s own natural processes. She developed it to a Signature Treatment and is able to rejuvenate your skin by isolating elements from your blood which can then be injected below wrinkles, folds and even acne scars.

Platelet Rich Plasma(PRP) systems and technology, produce a platelet rich fibrin matrix (PRFM) from your own blood. This PRFM contains the growth factors your body uses to initiate and control wound healing. She uses platelet rich plasma (PRP) to improve wrinkles, folds and old scars (including acne scars) on face, neck and décolletage breasts or the back of your hands.

Kornelia Hauck also uses platelet rich plasma (PRP) to accelerate recovery from aging process and to enhance the results of natural rejuvenation treatments.

The Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Process

A small amount of your blood is drawn (like having routine blood tests in your doctor’s office), and we then use platelet rich plasma (PRP) with latest technology (an FDA cleared device to separate the elements of your blood in a specific way) to generate a platelet rich fibrin matrix. Vacuum tube primarily contains anticoagulation gel, a natural blood protein, and platelets, the part of your blood chiefly responsible for stopping bleeding. However, in addition to this function, platelets also contain growth factors, proteins which signal cells in your body to perform tasks such as producing or reorganizing collagen, developing blood vessels, etc. The platelets as opposed to other platelet systems, release these growth factors in a concentrated but natural way.

It is a fact that these growth factors stimulate the cells in the tissue treated, such as those below wrinkles, folds, laugh lines and acne scars, to rejuvenate the skin over the next few weeks.

The Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Procedure

After determining that Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment is right for you, a small amount of your blood will be drawn, similar to having basic blood tests at your doctor’s office. This will be then used to prepare the PRP in a 15 minute process. During that time, the areas to be treated will be cleansed and prepared for the procedure.

Once this is done, the platelet rich plasma (PRP) is injected into the skin to be treated. Serum received from poor platelet plasma (PPR) are then applied to these areas. The entire process typically takes no more than 20-45 minutes.

You should not undergo the treatment if you have the following :

  • Skin Disorders – eg. SLE, Porphyria
  • Cancer
  • Chemotherapy
  • Any severe metabolic or systemic disorders
  • Haemathological disorder, especially abnormal platelet counts or function
  • Anti coagulation therapy
  • Any drugs or therapy resulting in immune suppression
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding
  • Steroid therapy
  • Ongoing infection

3 days before and after treatment don’t take any anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen or Nurofen. If necessary take only Paracetamol.

Effect decreases in heavy smokers or alcohol use.

Before and After Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Examples

Shown here are before (left) and after (right) views of actual patients. It’s important to remember that every patient responds differently to surgery, and no one can be certain that he or she will get the results shown. However, these photos will illustrate the changes that are possible with these procedure.


What To Expect After Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment

Immediately after treatment with platelet rich plasma (PRP) , the treated area might get slightly swollen; this typically fades in a 15 min.Any bruising, which is generally limited to a few “points” is treated with Arnica cream. Treatment is relatively painless but if needed can be treated with ice compress. Beyond this, there is usually some “settling” of effect over the first 3-6 weeks, after which the improvements noted are long-lasting.

Depending on age of the skin (scars) and your life style up to 3 treatments might be needed every 6 weeks. Effects visible 2 years and longer.

PRP can provide a natural-looking improvement using your body’s own capacity for repair and regeneration.

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