By combining the applications of hyaluronic acid fillers with growth factors derived from a small draw of your own blood, the PRP Facelift offers an exciting new non-surgical approach to reviving your beauty and restoring lost facial volume.
Step 1. Revive The Shape of Your Skin
At the core of all connective tissues in the human body is a highly organized water-binding molecule called hyaluronan, better known as hyaluronic acid (HA). The unique properties of the sugars that make up HA contribute to the overall structure and cushioning of the skin. HA also facilitates the maintenance of healthy skin by promoting intercellular communication for efficient elastin and collagen production. Because the natural synthesis of HA's component sugars slow not only with age but also with sun exposure, HA's water-binding capacity to retain moisture is weakened. With less moisture in the skin, collagen and elastin production also slows and shallow to deep wrinkles begin to form as the skin loses it's youthful structure.
In order to restore the look of fullness to your skin, a normal level of HA water-holding complex needs to be restored. By utilizing a long-lasting hyaluronic acid gel, Dr. Chavez can lift the skin away from the bone and youthful volume can be restored to a beautiful shape. This initial injection of HA is the first step in the journey to a younger you.
Step 2. Repair and Strengthen Your Skin with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Growth Factors
The internal essence of your blood contains life-giving fundamental protein growth factors designed to restore and strengthen your skin. Dr. Chavez utilizes a leading-edge patented technology specifically designed and verified for aesthetic applications. Using a proprietary procedure, Dr. Chavez is able to harness a very high concentration of your biological nutrient-rich cells and create autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP). *
1st. Dr. Chavez draws a similar amount of blood required for a basic lab test.
2nd. Dr. Chavez places the blood into a centrifuge and spins the blood at a very rapid rate to separate the platelets from the other components of the blood.
3rd. The platelet-rich plasma is activated to release at least 8 essential growth factors and signaling proteins.
* Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a regenerative technology that deploys aspects of your own biochemistry. The activated growth factors will instinctively know how to repair and strengthen the specific tissues where they reside. And, because all constituent parts retrieved in PRP are exclusively from you (autologous in origin), there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction or intolerance. Nevertheless, before the treatment you should disclose all the medications you are currently taking (including herbs) to Dr. Chavez.
IMPORTANT NOTE: PRP has been successfully used for more than 20 years in over 50,000 procedures for a variety of treatments (e.g., to accelerate wound healing and to speed recovery from orthopedic surgery, etc.). To date, no known adverse reactions have been reported. For more information that supports the use of PRP procedures, click here.
Growth Factor Production Known Effects
1. Epidermal Growth Factor
Plays a significant role in the regulation of cell growth, proliferation, and differentiation during the remodeling phase. Stimulates keratinocyte and fibroblast production.
2. Transforming Growth Factor
Promotes angiogenesis which is the physiological process involving the growth of new blood vessels.
3. Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor
An important signaling protein involved in both vasculogenesis and angiogenesis, the growth of blood vessels from pre-existing vasculature.
4. Fibroblast Growth Factor
Promotes angiogenesis, granulation, and epithelialization for the intricate process of the skin repairing itself after injury.
5. Platelet-Derived Growth Factor
Attracts macrophages and fibroblasts to the zone of injury. Promotes collagen growth and proteoglycan synthesis.
6. Interleukins, Macrophages, keratinocytes, endothelial cells, lymphocytes, fibroblasts, osteoblasts, basophils, mast cells.
Activates fibroblast differentiation. Induces collagen and proteoglycan synthesis for healthy cell production and repair of damaged tissues.
7. Colony Stimulating Factor
Stimulates granulocyte and macrophage proliferation for the growth of healthy tissue and blood cells.
8. Keratinocyte Growth Factor
Keratinocyte migration, differentiation, and proliferations directly enhance wound healing and the generation of new skin.
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