ARE THE INJECTIONS FROM THIS TREATMENT PAINFUL?
Everybody reacts differently to treatments where injections are involved. Some do not find this treatment particularly uncomfortable, while others can feel anxious just thinking about it. Hence, perception of pain and actual pain varies from person to person. Alternatively, the idea of having blood taken can be off putting for various reasons. To reduce discomfort and anxiety we take the time to talk these issues through during the consultation and of course, to minimise the discomfort, we apply a newly formulated powerful anesthetic cream 30 minutes prior, including the spot where your blood is going to be taken. Our clients are comforted in the fact that we are highly skilled and experienced in performing these clinical treatments, meaning we are very gentle!
ARE THERE ANY RISKS?
To date there are no reported risks of Factor4 Autologous Conditioned Serum.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
Recognised side effects of this treatment are redness, swelling, bruising and stinging at the injection site. There is also a possibility of bruising at the site that blood is taken from.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY TREATMENT?
To minimise bruising, the patient is recommended to avoid any agents which promote blooding thinning prior to treatment – these include aspirin, neurofen/ibuprofen, fish oil, krill oil, omega fatty acids and alcohol. It is also recommended to hydrate well by drinking water before you have blood collected. We recommend you drink at least 2 large glasses of water 1 hour prior to your appointment. You may take paracetamol approximately half an hour before you have treatment to reduce discomfort.
HOW IS FACTOR4 PREPARED?
Factor4 is prepared by withdrawing a quantity of blood into collecting tubes containing glass beads. This blood is then incubated for 6 hours at 37 degrees and this process elicits a vigorous and rapid increase in the synthesis of growth factors. Following incubation, the blood is then spun down in a centrifuge for 10 minutes to separate the plasma containing the active products from blood cells. Serum is then carefully withdrawn, filtered and then used immediately or frozen until use. Your frozen plasma can be safely stored for up to six months
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
A minimum of 3-4 treatments spaced at 2-4 week intervals is recommended for best results. Depending on the desired result and the condition of the area to be treated more treatments may be required. Maintenance may involve ‘top-up’ treatments, which are recommended at 12 months intervals.
WHAT AFTERCARE IS INVOLVED POST TREATMENT?
Mild swelling of the treated area is normal especially if you have had the under eye area treated and will usually settle over 24-48 hours. Redness may also persist for up to 24-48 hours. If you have bruising, Arnica or Hirudoid cream can be used on the treated area to accelerate clearance. Ice may be applied to areas of swelling however we usually recommend waiting at least 6 hours post treatment if Factor4 serum has been applied to the skin. Your practitioner will advise you of your individual aftercare instructions however please do not hesitate to call with any questions or concerns. We recommend not lifting any heavy objects with the arm that blood has been taken from for the remainder of the day.
WHAT DOES A FACTOR4 TREATMENT INVOLVE?
Firstly, a small quantity of blood is collected and is incubated for 6 hours. You can choose to return to the clinic 6 hours later to have your first treatment. Alternatively, we can freeze the serum to use for treatment on another day. The advantage of Factor4 over all other plasma treatments is we only need to take your blood once, (at the beginning for all consecutive treatments), whereas other PRP plasma treatments require blood collection before each treatment session. The treatment is often finished with a gentle passing of the Dermapen (an advanced skin needling device) over the treated areas – a process that further increases collagen stimulation.
WHAT IS FACTOR4?
Factor4 is a minimally invasive treatment for skin rejuvenation using blood derived growth factors. Factor4 is a highly concentrated and super-rich plasma containing four times more growth factors than any brand of Blood Rich Injection product. Factor4 is autologous, (harvested from the body’s own substances) and depending on your needs is used to treat wrinkles and coarse or crepey skin in areas of the face, neck, décolletage and back of the hands. It is also used to treat dark eye circles, stretch marks and scars with the bonus effects of significantly reducing static face lines and tightening skin.
A Factor4 treatment naturally stimulates collegenesis, which significantly slows down the skin’s ageing process, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and improving the overall skin’s texture. Factor4 also contains anti-inflammatory proteins. You can expect to start seeing results after a couple of weeks from the first treatment. Three or four treatments two to four weeks apart is suggested treatment protocol for the most beautiful results.
WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?
Patients may start to see results after a couple of weeks from their first treatment. However as the production of collagen is a gradual process and repeat treatments are required, the final result will be seen at approximately 4-6 weeks after the final treatment.*
*Results and longevity of treatments vary on an individual basis and can be dependant on a person’s age, genetics, skin type, skin condition, environmental factors and lifestyle habits. Just like ageing is a natural process that occurs over time, preventing, achieving and maintaining results is also a gradual process that may involve more than one treatment.