Facials are essential in our skincare routine due to their extensive benefits and long-lasting results. The platelet-rich plasma (PRP) facial however is more than a simple facial. The treatment provides results worthy of a surgical facelift with none of the side effects. Yes, there is blood involved, but there is nothing to be afraid of. The platelet-rich therapy is not a form of surgery, and the risks are significantly lower.
What exactly is a PRP facial?
The platelet-rich plasma procedure, also known as a vampire facial or vampire facelift, is an advanced cosmetic treatment that uses the body’s natural healing process to improve collagen production and promote skin rejuvenation.
The procedure combines microneedling and PRP to encourage cell growth and accelerate the collagen production process to treat a variety of age-related skin concerns. This minimally invasive treatment uses growth factors obtained from the patient’s body to trigger the wound healing mechanism and create healthy skin cells for better-looking skin and a youthful appearance.
The facial uses platelet-rich plasma, a golden yellow growth substance extracted from the patient’s own blood. The microneedling portion of the treatment creates micro-channels on the skin to activate the natural healing process, while the properties of platelet-rich plasma improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and promote brighter skin.
What are the benefits of PRP facials?
Our blood is made of plasma, red and white blood cells, and platelets. Platelets play an essential role in the healing process of our body. Our expert team of professionals uses the platelets in your own blood to boost the production of collagen and improve the appearance of the skin. The procedure is often used to:
- reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles
- improve the aspect of acne scars and surgical scars
- enhance skin tone
- combat uneven skin texture
- improve moisture retention
- reduce the appearance of large pores
- improve the aspect of dark spots
- reduce the effects of sun damage
What to expect during the procedure
The procedure lasts between 30 minutes and one hour. One of our specialists will draw a small vial of blood from you to extract the platelet-rich plasma. The vial will be placed in a centrifuge to separate the PRP from the red cells.
We will apply a numbing cream about 20 minutes prior to treatment. This anti-aging skin treatment is non-surgical and doesn’t involve the use of a scalpel. We will simply apply the plasma over your face and proceed with microneedling to create the micro-channels necessary to allow full absorption of the plasma into the skin. The areas targeted are usually the forehead and cheeks, but also other parts of your face.
Microneedling achieves collagen stimulation while the infusion of PRP improves the collagen production rate and promotes skin tightening and improved skin texture.
The procedure is simple and doesn’t involve downtime. The patient may experience superficial pain and minor bruising due to the use of the microneedling device, but the plasma accelerates the healing process of the skin. Some redness and irritation are also common with vampire facials, but they usually disappear on their own in four to six days.
For a smooth recovery, it is best to avoid wearing makeup for a while and only use the recommended serum or moisturizer. Avoid sun exposure and always use sunscreen when exposing your skin to the sun. It is best not to use skincare products with active ingredients, like retinol, vitamin C, or alcohol in the week following the procedure, and avoid products with fragrances and colorings.
The results are not instantaneous, but you will be able to notice a tighter, brighter skin in the next few days after the procedure. This anti-aging treatment delivers effects that can last several months with proper skin care and products. However, for the best results, patients should have about 4-6 treatments at two-week intervals, especially if they struggle with hyperpigmentation, scarring, or other types of skin damage.