PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasm) Facial
You’ve probably seen the photos on Instagram: A celebrity or influencer’s face covered with blood splatter. No, it’s not Halloween makeup— it’s actually one of the latest treatment trends in skin care, also known as a “vampire facial”. While it might look scary in progress, the treatment boasts big-time results.
What is PRP and how does it work?
The treatment is a combination of a microdermabrasion, followed by the application of PRP (platelet-rich plasma), the PRP is derived from the serum portion of the blood, which contains platelets. The platelets contain high levels of growth factors, which, when applied to the skin, will stimulate cell turnover.
What is traditional microneedling?
Microneedling (without the PRP) is a minimally invasive treatment that involves puncturing the skin with fine needles to promote collagen production. Microneedling is not just exclusive to the face. The procedure can be performed on “all areas of the face, neck, décolletage and hands.
What are some of the most notable vampire-facial benefits?
This treatment is primarily used to address skin texture and stimulate collagen formation, the vampire facial is also a great remedy for acne or surgical scars because it breaks up scar tissue bands and stimulates deeper healing.
What can someone expect from their first treatment?
The patient is numbed for 30–45 minutes with a cream that goes on the skin. While the patient is numbing, about 11mL of blood is drawn, which is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the PRP from the red blood cells. Once the skin has been prepared appropriately, the microneedling begins.
The entire procedure takes roughly an hour and a half. You don’t wash the PRP off your face until the next morning, this allows the PRP to continue to heal the skin. You’ll notice a healthy glow after the first few days, but complete results take about 4-6 weeks once full collagen remodeling has taken place.