The PRP Facelift: Why Kim Kardashian Did It

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Celebrity icon Kim Kardashian tweeted a shot of her blood-spattered face after a PRP Facial, the gruesome $1,500 treatment that promises younger, firmer-looking skin.

The plasma is then combined with Restylane or Juvederm, and then injected into the face to stimulate collagen production to create new skin and to remove fine lines and acne scars. The 45-minute facelift is expected to be such a hit in Hollywood that a gift certificate for the painful procedure was included in this year’s Academy Awards swag bag.

The procedure is typically complemented with filler, which helps with wrinkles.  With a PRP Facelift, platelet rich plasma (PRP) is used, which is when your blood and spin it down into a centrifuge, the plasma is extracted, which have the platelets in it. The red blood cells are then removed and discarded and what remains is a yellow serum that has all the growth factors. The serum has all the great factors of blood, plus the platelets, which stimulate everything to grow inside, such as the collagen, or angiogenesis. This makes new blood vessels and is great for your skin. You can then inject the PRP into the face, just underneath the skin. Over time, you can get around 10 to 15 percent more volume in your face, which can last a few years. It takes about 8 weeks to see. The procedure also gives you a better glow. It helps with your pores and your blemishes, and it gives you overall healthier looking skin.

First, the injector uses HA fillers to create a beautiful shape. Then, the licensed cosmetic surgeon isolates growth factors from the patient’s blood.  When these growth factors are injected by the physician and enter the face then multi-potent stem cells become activated to grow new tissue.  This new tissue includes new collagen, new fatty tissue for smoothness, and new blood vessels for a healthy glow.

The entire treatment process was recorded for her show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Kim Kardashian experiences an extreme reaction is because her treatment includes the invasive Dermapen, a device that uses nine tiny motorized needles to cause puncture wounds in the skin before applying the platelet-rich plasma mixture.

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