Medscape Plastic Surgery
Platelet-Rich Plasma Procedure May Improve Facial Appearance
Laurie Barclay, MD; Alan Matarasso, MD; Lauren Zeifman, rPA-C
Disclosures | March 06, 2012
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy involves injection of the patient’s own platelets and fibrin for the cosmetic treatment of wrinkles or scars in the face, hands, and neck. Known to some as the “vampire facelift” (a term trademarked by Alabama cosmetic surgeon Charles Runels), it is less invasive than plastic surgery, takes about 20 minutes for each treatment, and offers improvements for up to 18 months. Cost of the procedure is generally similar to that of fillers and may range from $600 to $1800 per treatment.