Question: I am a recent empty-nester. I want to look in the mirror and see the youthfulness I feel inside and remove some facial lines. Nothing too invasive, though. What procedures/treatments can you recommend?
Answer: I have always loved the expression, “Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional!”
In the past, fillers and injectables were among the most common procedures practiced to obtain a youthful look. In addition to these, another alternative was platelet-rich plasma (PRP).
PRP has been used for many years for a multitude of modalities. It is a process where we draw blood on a patient and spin it down to separate the serum out of the blood. It is in that layer of serum where the platelet rich plasma resides. This is used in orthopedics for healing joints. It is also used in aesthetics for anti-aging of the face and chest. It is used to treat under eye hallows and for over skin rejuvenation. This has been one of the gold standard approaches until now.
Now there is platelet-rich fibrin (PRF). It is processed the same way as PRP. However, the blood is spun at a lower rpm for a longer amount of time. Spinning at a lower rpm results in a higher concentration of platelets, higher concentration of white blood cells (which are great for anti-inflammatory response), and even some stem cells. That’s why we can now use this procedure for under the eyes or as natural fillers.
Whether my patients have had this procedure for brown spots treatment, acne scaring, wrinkles and fine lines, tear troughs, deep folds, or a full rejuvenated younger look and feel, they are in complete awe of how simple and effective PRF is. In fact, they love the fact that there is nothing but their own blood involved, so the risk for complication or rejection is virtually nonexistent. The results are immediate and the treatment is quick and painless.