Factor4 is a highly concentrated, autologous (harvested from the bodies own substances) super-rich serum containing four times more anti-inflammatory, repair and growth factors than traditional Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), a treatment popularised by Kim Kardashian and often referred to as the “Vampire Facial.”
It is 100% natural with no extra chemicals or additives, which makes this treatment an ideal choice for individuals who are seeking an all natural option for skin rejuvenation.
Factor4 is used for:
Skin tone and texture
Under eye crepey skin and dark circles (this is most popular, as this area is so hard to treat via other methods)
Neck and décolletage
Back of the hands
Hair rejuvenation in men and women
What preparation do I need to do, and how many treatments do I need?
In the 24 hours before your blood extraction please consume 2 to 4L of water and avoid or reduce consumption of alcohol. Usually, 4 treatments are required for skin rejuvenation and 6 treatments are required for hair loss. Each treatment is generally space 2 to 4 weeks apart.
What are the possible side effects?
After your Factor4 treatment, your skin may be red and swollen for 2 to 4 days. There may also be some discomfort, bleeding or bruising. Small bruises may take 1 to 2 weeks to resolve, however these can often be covered up with make-up. Infection is rare but can occur.
When will I see results?
For skin rejuvenation, improvement in skin tone and texture may be noticeable after a few weeks following the first treatment. Induction of collagen may take 4 to 6 weeks and will continue for several months.
In hair loss treatment most patients will notice a thickening in their hair by 6 weeks. However, this will continue to improve over the following 12 months. Individual results do vary. For optimum results top-up treatment is recommended every 6 to 12 months.
What happens during factor 4 treatment?
In preparation for Factor4 treatment, 10 - 20 mls of your blood is collected in specially designed collection tubes. Your blood is then incubated for 6-9 hours, allowing the platelets and cells to produce growth factors and cytokines.
Following this, the products are spun at a high frequency in a machine called a centrifuge, which separates the serum from the cell products. This crucial step allows for the purification of the autologous condition serum (Factor4). The solution is subsequently filtered to ensure only the purest, most concentrated extract is produced.
A major benefit of the aqueous serum is its storage properties; the solution itself may be frozen for up to 7 months for further treatments, removing the need for future blood extractions. The two main forms of Factor4 treatment include direct injection into the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin production, or incorporation into a skin needling treatment.
Factor 4 vs PRP
Unlike some PRP’s, Factor4 is 100% autologous (harvested from the bodies own substances) and has no chemicals or additives added.
Factor4 only requires blood to be collected once. As the serum does not contain any cells, it is able to be frozen for up to 7 months and still retain the full concentration of growth factors. In contrast, traditional PRP requires the blood to be drawn at every single session
Factor4 contains four times the number of growth factors to traditional PRP. This occurs due to the incubation process whereby the serum is kept at body temperature 37°C for 6-9 hours. This gives the platelet and cells the time to produce maximum amount of growth factors which is the active component of the collagen stimulating process.
Factor4 is more comfortable. Traditional PRP is renowned for being quite painful as it is injected due to the platelets that is present in the plasma. Nerve endings in the skin identify the cellular products as being outside a blood vessel where they shouldn’t be and cause pain to the patient. Factor4 is highly purified and has no cellular products. As a result the injections are considerably more comfortable.
Please note you must always undergo a thorough initial assessment by the Doctor to discuss your condition and the available management options, including their potential benefit and harm, prior to commencing any treatment.