Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)
Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics
Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
FACTOR4 is no longer provided at VCI. The below is for information purposes only.
FACTOR4 is a revolutionary, scientific anti-aging treatment that is derived from your body’s own blood. This treatment involves concentrating your own blood plasma, and administering it to the face to improve lines, rejuvenate the skin and give a more youthful complexion.
Containing anti-inflammatory, repair and growth factors, FACTOR4 (also called Autologous Anti-ageing serum) is a super-rich conditioned serum with 4 times more growth factor than any other blood-derived treatment such as the more commonly known platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment, popularised by Kim Kardashian and often called the ‘Vampire Facial’.
FACTOR4 naturally stimulates your own collagen to:
- Improve skin texture and elasticity,
- Reduce skin pores,
- Promote a more youthful complexion, and
- Reduce the ageing process of the skin.
What is FACTOR4?
FACTOR4 is an advanced cytokine and growth factor therapy rich in anti-inflammatory Protein IL-1Ra that naturally stimulates your own collagen. FACTOR4 is a scientifically based anti-aging treatment that uses your own serum (all plasma, cells, and platelets are removed).
The benefits of FACTOR4 include:
- Improved skin tone and texture
- Reduced fine lines and wrinkles
- Improved skin brightness and elasticity
- Reduced skin pores
- Improved skin elasticity, and
- A slowing of the ageing process.
How do we create your own FACTOR 4 formulation?
To create your FACTOR4 formulation our practitioners extract a small sample of your blood (10-20 mls). In the 24 hours before your blood extraction, we suggest you consume 2 to 4 litres of water and avoid or reduce consumption of alcohol. When you are fully hydrated, more serum can be produced. Using a patented scientific technique, your blood is incubated, spun and filtered. This produces a concentrated, highly refined serum that is 4 times richer in growth factors than the original blood; hence the name ‘FACTOR4.’
During the 6–9 hours of incubation, your blood is exposed to small glass beads that are etched with tiny grooves. This makes the blood cells release potent growth and repair factors, as though they are repairing trauma. Once culturing is complete, the blood is centrifuged, filtered and your valuable serum is retained. The amount of FACTOR4 is usually enough to perform 4 treatments and recommend you have your treatments 1 to 2 weeks apart. Your FACTOR4 serum can be frozen for up to 7 months.
It’s important to note that unlike some PRP’s, FACTOR4 is 100% autologous and has no additives or chemicals added. The FACTOR4 treatment serum is rich in your own anti-inflammatory protein IL-1Ra and contains a super concentration of your body’s Cytokines and rich Growth Factors, which negates any inflammatory response in the skin.
What happens during your FACTOR4 treatments?
On the day of your treatment, your skin will be cleansed thoroughly. To minimise any pain or discomfort, a topical anaesthetic cream is then applied to the treatment area. Your FACTOR4 is then delivered into the deeper layers of the dermis via pen needling. Depending on the areas you are having treated, your FACTOR4 treatment will take between 45 to 60 minutes. This minimally invasive treatment results in a release of growth factors that stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin.
What can FACTOR4 treat?
The FACTOR4 serum effectively penetrates into deep layers of the dermis to rejuvenate the skin, slow the visible ageing process and improve skin texture and elasticity. We use FACTOR4 to treat the face, neck, décolletage and back of hands.
FACTOR4 treatment stimulates new collagen production by firstly creating a controlled injury with the microneedling. This starts the skin’s natural healing process. FACTOR4 is infused through the channels created by the microneedling to help accelerate the process of skin regeneration and remodelling to help improve skin quality, scarring and produce younger looking skin.
When can I expect to see results from my FACTOR4 treatment?
After your first FACTOR4 treatment you can expect to see improvements after a couple of weeks. While results vary, most patients see the best results after they have 4 treatments every 5 to 10 days. For optimum results, we suggest you have top-up treatments every 6 to 12 months.
What should I expect after a FACTOR 4 treatment?
After your FACTOR4 treatment, your skin may be red and slightly swollen for 2-4 days. Some patients may experience mild swelling and sometimes bruising. It is important to stay hydrated and leave your skin make up free for at least 12 hours post-treatment. To minimise any swelling or bruising, avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours.
What is the cost of FACTOR 4 treatment?
The prices for FACTOR4 are listed on our pricing page.
Why should I choose Victorian Cosmetic Institute for my FACTOR4 treatment?
FACTOR4 is a targeted, advanced anti-aging treatment derived from your body’s own proteins. While this treatment can be performed on all skin types, a pigment inhibitor may be necessary if your skin type is Fitzpatrick 4 and above.
To ensure the best results from your FACTOR4 treatment it is important to have a consultation with highly trained and experienced practitioners at a reputable medical clinic that specialises in advanced anti-aging treatments.
FACTOR4 treatment is available at Berwick and Lower Templestowe clinics. Book a consultation with one of our practitioners phone 1300 863 824.