PRP or dermal filler - Which should I choose?

PRP or dermal filler?

People of all ages are busy coping with the various signs of ageing.

For patients, some of the most popular options include dermal fillers and platelet-rich plasma injections.

These are non-surgical beautification methods that can help you look younger than your age. But when is dermal filler and when is PRP best for you?

If your skin is thin and wrinkled, PRP can stimulate collagen production, making your skin healthier. However, if you want to restore fullness to the cheeks and other hollow areas of the face, you can use hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers.

A few words about PRP and dermal fillers

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is extracted from a patient's blood sample using special PRP tubes and injected into the skin to treat "wrinkled skin". As the name suggests, this refers to the texture of the skin, which is wrinkled and papery due to the thin layer of dermis and epidermis. Platelet-rich plasma contains growth factors that increase cell viability and collagen production, effectively rejuvenating your skin.

 

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PRP vs dermal filler advantages and disadvantages

To find the best option for you, we have looked at the advantages and disadvantages of PRP and dermal fillers:

Dermal fillers focus on "filling" the hollow part of the face that is losing volume. They are formulated with hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance that is completely safe in the human body. Fillers increase the volume of cheeks and sunken areas. The area in the lower half of the face that promotes collagen production.

Dermal fillers are gels made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar molecule. There are different types and strengths of gels that are applied under the skin at different depths to restore volume, lift, contour and restore a more youthful appearance.

The dermal filler is placed under the skin at precise locations at varying depths using a needle or blunt injection cannula.

The type of dermal filler is carefully chosen depending on the area to be treated and the desired lifting effect. For example, a dermal filler with a long-lasting, higher lift would be preferred in the cheek, while a smoother, more pliable filler would be used in the lips or near the eyes.

PRP vs dermal filler advantages and disadvantages

To find the best option for you, we have looked at the advantages and disadvantages of PRP and dermal fillers:

Advantages and disadvantages of PRP

PRP uses growth factors in the blood so that your body does not reject the substance. This procedure can be combined with other facial treatments.

PRP can also treat skin allergies, existing wounds and burnt skin. Apart from being expensive, it is not covered by most insurance companies. Compared to Botox and surgery, this can lead to unsatisfactory results.

Minor side effects include redness in the treated area that lasts for several days.

Advantages and disadvantages of dermal fillers

Treatment of obvious signs of ageing, such as wrinkles, fine lines and sunken cheeks. The procedure is not surgical, so there are fewer risks.

Treatment can be resumed quickly.

Dermal fillers are not permanent, it can only last between 8-18 months.

There may be mild side effects such as itching, bruising and swelling as well as mild infections.

In rare cases, there may be blockage of blood vessels or a lump under the skin.

The great thing about platelet-rich plasma PRP treatment is that it uses your own blood to improve skin texture, so you don't have to worry about allergic reactions. However, as it is not as comprehensive as surgical treatments, you should lower your expectations while you wait for noticeable results.

As for dermal fillers, they are recognised for their effectiveness by several dermal clinics, so finding an expert to perform them is easy. You just need to be careful about the minor side effects that may occur on your skin after the treatment.

Dermal fillers are more commonly used on patients with deep wrinkles such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines.

Procedure duration of PRP and dermal filler

Both procedures can be completed in less than an hour. A subcutaneous injection of PRP can take 45 to 60 minutes. Dermal filler injections can be completed in as little as 15 minutes or up to 30 minutes, depending on the number of areas to be treated.

Duration of efficacy of PRP and dermal filler

The results of platelet-rich plasma treatment usually last longer than dermal fillers. Depending on the number of treatments, PRP lasts between 12 and 24 months. Dermal fillers can last 8 to 18 months before losing their effectiveness. 

Remarkably, some MRI studies have shown that dermal fillers can last several years in some patients.

When should you choose which treatment?

Opt for PRP therapy when...

  • suffer from acne scars
  • are plagued by hyperpigmentation
  • Want to reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Want firmer, tighter skin
  • Have uneven skin tone
  • Are not ready for a facelift
  • Have dry skin
  • feel that your skin looks older than it should

 

Opt for dermal fillers when...

  • you only need two or three syringes.
  • You want to fill volume in the face.
  • You prefer a shorter treatment duration and recovery time.

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