Platelet Rich Plasma for cosmetics
Dr. Cutler has been trained in the famous Vampire Facelift® which involves withdrawing your own blood, extracting out the platelet-rich portion, then re-injecting this into your skin with tiny (nearly painless) needles and also using a microneedling device (MD Needle Pen). When all this is combined with hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler, then you can will have a re-shaping of your face in addition to significantly erasing wrinkles, scarring from sun damage or acne, and hyperpigmentation. This is your own blood so there is no risk for allergic reaction or rejection.
Platelets and growth factors from your own blood stimulate a stem cell response, and thus, growth of new young collagen and blood vessels where it is injected. The new collagen and blood vessels create a more youthful appearance.
The use of autologous (your own) platelet rich plasma (taken from your blood) for tissue repair started in the 1990’s. By 2006 it was being used across many fields of medicine for healing and even began to be covered by insurances. That’s because it is known to be rich in fibrin and many different important growth factors that stimulate stem cells to grow and tissues to regenerate rapidly. Now it is used to regenerate skin, joints, and hair. It is now even used with impressive results to reverse sexual dysfunction in men and women.
Therefore, PRP is being injected for cosmetic purposes. Studies[i] [ii] and clinical experience are confirming its effectiveness for acne and other scar revision, skin rejuvenation, dermal augmentation, and striae distensae (stretch marks).
The cost of PRP is somewhat similar to dermal filler treatment, yet is completely natural and heals skin, whereas filler can only fill in crevices, plump lips, or make face shape changes. The effects of PRP to the face lasts from 12 months to 2 years depending on your age and initial skin health.
More details about the Vampire Facelift®
Please visit www.vampirefacelift.com to learn more details about this amazing procedure. Also, watch this short Video by Inventor of Vampire Facelift, Charles Runnels, M.D.
Platelets and growth factors from your own blood stimulate a stem cell response, which turn into new connective tissue (skin) cells. They also stimulate collagen and blood vessels, cause repair of damaged skin, and to help slow skin aging.[iii] Because it comes from your own blood, there is no risk for allergic reaction or rejection. Six ml (in 1 vial) of your blood is drawn and spun down by a centrifuge for approximately 6 minutes to retrieve the platelet rich and fibrin rich portion of the blood plasma. This is then re-injected into the tissue being treated.
- Skin rejuvenation: for reducing fine lines and wrinkles such as crow’s feet and tear troughs (dark circles under eyelids)
- Tightening skin and dermal augmentation for mild collagen and volume loss
- Scar revision, including acne scars and rosacea
- Stretch marks
- Lip and frown lines
- Deep depressions around the nose and mouth
- Volume loss in the cheeks
- Sagging around the jaw line
- Dehydrated skin
Within a few weeks after just one treatment you can expect to see improvement in skin hydration, texture and tone. Although it is a gradual improvement over 3 to 5 weeks, there will be new collagen and blood vessels growing. After 3 to 6 months there will be full effect of its correction of fine lines, wrinkles, and volume depletion. You can expect to see a longer-lasting effect than dermal fillers. It is used for larger areas of skin rather than small isolated defects seen with dermal fillers. PRP can be combined with dermal fillers and botulinum toxin for optimal overall cosmetic results.
[i] Leo MS, Kumar AS, Kirit R, Konathan R, Sivamani. RK. Systematic review of the use of platelet-rich plasma in aesthetic dermatology. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2015 Dec;14(4):315-23. PubMed PMID: 26205133. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26205133
[ii] Redaelli A, Romano D, Marcianó A. Face and neck revitalization with platelet-rich plasma (PRP): clinical outcome in a series of 23 consecutively treated patients. J Drugs Dermatol. 2010;9:466–472. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20480789
[iii] Kim DH, Je YJ, Kim CD, et al. Can Platelet-rich Plasma Be Used for Skin Rejuvenation? Evaluation of Effects of Platelet-rich Plasma on Human Dermal Fibroblast. Annals of Dermatology. 2011;23(4):424-431. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC32299.
Either in combination with PRP or as a stand-alone procedure, injecting serums with a microneedling technique reduces scarring, minimizes pores, improves wrinkles and fine lines, lightens hyperpigmentation, and builds collagen.
At SDIM&Spa we use serums from Procell. Here is a description of Procell Serum:
Bone marrow multipotent stem cells (BM-MSCs) migrate from the bone marrow to all parts of the body via the blood stream. When they encounter injury, they locally secrete cytokines and growth factors (bio-signals) that stimulate and direct the behavior of other cells called fibroblasts, white blood cells, and melanocytes (pigment cells).
ProCell products are scientifically advanced and highly effective in rejuvenating and improving the appearance of aging skin. They are formulated using only active ingredients with abundant scientific proof of efficacy and safety. Their hero ingredient is conditioned media from laboratory culture of human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSC.) From conception until death, these are the cells that function as “command and control” of the healing process in all injured tissues including the skin.
Advanced proprietary techniques are used to culture these cells in the laboratory in order to harvest their potent bio-signals. This is explained below. When applied to the skin, the effect is as if the body’s clock was turned back to a younger period when more BM-MSCs existed. Only the bio-signals from the culturing cells (BM-MSCs) are used in ProCell products. There are no cells or cell remnants.
The human mesenchymal (pluripotent) stem cells are taken from an initial draw of bone marrow from genetically & health screened athletes at the university where Dr. Sanderson & Taylor were on staff in California. The cells are transported to an FDA-compliant manufacturing facility and isolated via centrifuge to be purified from other material (DNA, blood, cells). They are then cultured and maintained in the lab, from which the full spectrum of human cytokines and growth factors is produced.
ProCell MD Serum Microneedling Solution contains:
- Cytokines from bone marrow-derived multipotent stem cells
- Hyaluronic acid
- Recombinant tissue growth factor (TGF-β3) to reduce inflammatory response
- Physiologic naturally occurring ingredients normally found in skin
-Michael Cutler, M.D.
There are examples on the web of before and after PRP treatments on the face here