Vampire Facial for Skin Rejuvenation Arrives at Southwest Skin & Cancer Institute

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For ten years, Southwest Skin and Cancer Institute has offered the most advanced cosmetic options for skin rejuvenation. Now, platelet rich plasma therapy is available to patients as the newest alternative to rejuvenate aging skin.

Vampire Facial Arrives at Southwest Skin & Cancer Institute

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Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP), also known as the vampire facial, is now on tap at Southwest Skin and Cancer Institute as the latest innovation in skin rejuvenation therapy. PRP is the process of extracting platelets from the patient’s own blood and placing them back into the skin. The blood extract contains millions of platelets, dozens of growth factors and active proteins for tissue and active healing. PRP has been successfully employed in medicine for the past decade in diverse applications including bone grafting and tendon repair, as well as hair restoration. Because platelets contain growth factors, this procedure stimulates a response from the stem cells which help grow new collagen and blood vessels, promotes the growth of fibroblasts, regenerates and repairs damaged skin, and finally slows the signs of aging. “PRP facial rejuvenation delivers similar benefits to a face lift without surgery. The procedure is ideal for men or women who want beautiful, younger-looking skin with little downtime. I am delighted to be able to offer this new technology to patients,” remarks Robin Fleck, M.D., medical director at Southwest Skin and Cancer Institute.

Premature aging is the result of ultraviolet damage from the sun and tanning beds, smoking, and the accumulation of free radicals. Aging can also be accelerated by genetics, a poor diet and facial expressions. Aging skin appears wrinkled and hyperpigmented due to age spots and dilated capillaries. The battle against aging employs an arsenal of different methods and procedures. PRP is effective alone or in combination with laser resurfacing, cosmetic fillers, or laser lipo procedures to reduce fine lines and wrinkles on face and neck, for facial tightening and toning and reducing the appearance of crow’s feet and dark circles under the eyes.

Presently, Botox and dermal fillers are the leading treatments for skin aging. Botox is used to relax facial muscles around the brow, forehead, crow’s feet, lips neck and chin. These creases make the face look aged and with the result that patients look tired or stressed. Botox relaxes the facial muscles allowing the patient to have a softer looking appearance. Combining Botox with PRP therapy, platelets help activate stem cells which in turn help build new collagen and blood vessels in about six weeks and reduction of wrinkles is seen within 3 to 6 months.

The Acculift laser lipo procedure tightens sagging skin around the jawline while also removing fat around the chin and jowls. Heavy jowls and sagging skin can contribute to an overweight and aged appearance. The Acculift uses laser energy to remove the fat by lipolysis while stimulating collagen growth. The effects of laser lipo can be augmented with PRP because the heat generated by the Acculift laser will provide the necessary conditions for new collagen growth stimulated by PRP. Results can be striking without the need for a surgical facelift.

The Active FX resurfacing laser has the ability to remove age spots, fine lines and wrinkles and increase skin tightening of the eyelids and neck. This ten minute laser procedure also removes acne scars. Active FX laser can be used in combination with PRP to aid healing and promote younger looking skin.

Women and men alike are striving for a more youthful appearance. PRP therapy for skin rejuvenation is revolutionizing the cosmetic industry. In this all natural process, patients are able to use the cells within their own body to help rejuvenate their skin without the need for harsh chemicals or surgical scars. Active people desire a refreshed, rejuvenated and youthful appearance without looking frozen or over-plumped. Because PRP uses your body’s own natural blood platelets, it removes the risk of those unwanted side effects.

Cosmetic dermatologist, Robin Fleck, M.D., is a double board certified dermatologist and internist, recognized by the American Board of Dermatology and the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is founder and Medical Director of Southwest Skin and Cancer Institute and Body Oasis Laser Aesthetics Dr. Fleck is a fellow of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery and the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Fleck is also the director of Vein Specialties in Prescott, Arizona and is a member of the American Venous Forum.

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