Platelet-rich plasma facials, or PRP facials, use your own blood’s platelets and plasma to rejuvenate your face. This allows your body’s natural strengths to promote healing, improve skin health, and correct skin issues. A PRP facial can have dramatic and long-lasting effects on your appearance.
Sometimes called a vampire facial, a PRP facial uses microneedling technology to infuse your skin with platelet-rich plasma drawn from your own body. While this is a relatively new treatment, it has shown incredible promise in the world of aesthetic medicine. Those seeking more natural means to tighten and firm skin may be interested in the procedure.
If you are considering PRP facial treatment, below we will provide a brief guide of what to expect and the benefits of the procedure.
How Does A PRP Facial Work?
Blood is made up of plasma, white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Both platelets and plasma can have profound effects on skin health. Prior to a PRP facial, a practitioner draws your blood and then uses a centrifuge to separate out the red cells. The platelet-rich plasma (PRP) that remains is what is used during your procedure.
Before the procedure, your practitioner will numb your face with topical cream. In some cases, they may also do an infusion with hyaluronic acid as well. Then, they will spread PRP all over your face and use a microneedling device to help the PRP travel deep into the skin’s layers.
Afterwards, you may experience mild bruising and pain, but this should subside within a few days.
PRP contains many natural substances that can rejuvenate the skin by stimulating collagen production, transforming your skin and dramatically improving your appearance.
What Are The Benefits of PRP Facial?
Increased Collagen Production
Collagen is one of the building blocks for younger-looking skin, but natural collagen production in the body begins to drop at the age of 25 and continues to decline from there. Elastin, as its name suggests, is responsible for skin elasticity, and aging skin losing elastin as well, which can lead to common issues such as wrinkles, fine lines, severe folds, and crow’s feet.
Skin cell trauma encourages collagen production in the body. Immediately after PRP treatment, existing collagen works to heal the tiny wounds caused by microneedling. At the same time, your body begins to produce newer, higher quality collagen and elastin, which will take a few weeks to grow. This means – in addition to some immediate changes – your skin will continue to improve in the months following a PRP facial as your body produces more collagen and elastin.
A Variety Of Skin Improvements
PRP facials are often used to treat issues like wrinkles and fine lines, and can improve severe signs of aging like deep folds as well. In response to microneedling, your skin tightens naturally, becoming smoother and firmer. However, skin improvements from PRP facials extend beyond anti-aging effects.
A PRP facial’s skin tightening effects can be used to plump lips and contour cheeks. PRP facials can also treat imperfections such as birthmarks, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, acne scars, and more.
Some patients even report increased moisture retention after a PRP facial, which can help alleviate issues like dry, itchy skin. This is because a PRP facial creates stronger, thicker skin, which provides a better barrier to help both retain natural oils and absorb skincare products.
As previously mentioned, your skin is cleaned and then numbed prior to treatment. Despite the presence of needles, most patients feel no pain during a PRP facial.
If you are particularly sensitive to pain, talk to your practitioner about potentially taking oral pain medication prior to treatment.
Many forms of aesthetic medicine – like dermal fillers and Botox – yield profound results, but may only last a few months. With a PRP facial, most patients only need treatment every one to two years to maintain results, however more frequent treatments can be done and may yield more dramatic results.
Quick Healing And Minimal Downtime
Due to the use of platelet-rich plasma, healing after a PRP facial is swift. The micro-injuries caused by treatment are healed quickly, meaning side effects like redness and irritation are short lived. Patients can resume the majority of day-to-day activities immediately after undergoing treatment.
Am I A Good Candidate for PRP Facial?
Another benefit of PRP facials is that the majority of people can undergo treatment safely as the procedure uses your own blood. This means there is no chance of an allergic reaction and a very low risk of side effects. Most healthy adults are good candidates for a PRP facial.
In rare cases, however, certain medical conditions may mean the procedure is not safe for you. Those who take blood thinners or have rare blood-related disorders may not be good candidates. You will undergo a consultation with a practitioner prior to undergoing a PRP facial to ensure the procedure is safe for you.
While a PRP facial can successfully treat many skin issues, severe issues may require more extensive treatment such as a facelift. Severe sun damage, for example, may require surgical treatment.
PRP Facials: The Bottom Line
PRP facials use blood from your own body to stimulate natural healing and rejuvenation. This can improve signs of aging and also treat a variety of common skin conditions and imperfections. As the procedure uses a patient’s own blood, the risk of adverse reactions is very low and recovery is quick and pain free. A PRP facial is a viable option for anyone seeking non-surgical means to enhance their appearance.
Considering a PRP facial? At BLUSH Beverly Hill, our talented team of practitioners have decades worth of experience in aesthetic medicine. We work with every patient one-on-one to ensure their treatment plan will help them meet their aesthetic goals. Reach out here to book an appointment.