Facials are extremely popular cosmetic treatments in general, but one specific facial procedure has drawn more attention than all the rest. That procedure is the PRP facial or as the media calls it, the “Vampire Facial”. Don’t be confused, although the names are different, they are the same treatment. The term “Vampire facial” was coined by the media when celebrities like Kim Kardashian were shown undergoing the treatment.
What is PRP?
Human blood is comprised of four main components. These components are platelets, plasma, white blood cells and red blood cells. When undergoing any PRP treatment, whole blood is first taken from the individual and placed in a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins the blood sample(s) down and separates the blood into two components. The first is a mixture of Plasma + Platelets + white blood cells and the other mixture comprised primarily of only red blood cells. Since red blood cells do not really contribute to the regenerative capability of human blood, it is normally discarded. The remainder of the solution, comprised of platelets, plasma and white blood cells, contain within it all of the regenerative components normally found within our blood except in a much more concentrated form. This solution is called Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP for short.
What is a PRP Facial?
A PRP Facial refers to a facial treatment that uses PRP as its primary serum. When performing a PRP facial, and while the PRP solution is in the centrifuge, a topical anesthetic cream is applied to the face in order to numb the treatment area.
Once the numbing cream has taken hold, either a needling device or a fractional laser is then used to make small punctures deep into the skin. These small punctures allow the PRP to work its way deep into the skin so they can work their regenerative magic. This technique is known as micro-needling. When performed safely, correctly and with topical numbing cream, most individuals experience minimal discomfort when undergoing this treatment.
What does a PRP facial do?
As we learn more about PRP and its benefits, we are quickly finding that PRP has many amazing uses ranging from facial rejuvenation to hair loss treatment to joint and musculoskeletal injury repair. In the case of the PRP facial, since the micro-needling technique works by stimulating growth and the rebuilding of collagen and elastin, the addition of PRP only further enhances this effect. The more collagen produced, the greater the regenerative results.
The most common PRP facial benefits include:
- Increased Collagen Production: The PRP facial stimulates new collagen production by way of skin trauma. Whether by way of micro-needling or fractionated laser, many small holes are made in the skin tissue. The body then fills in these small holes with new collagen. The result is a more youthful and tighter skin.
- Moisture retention: As the skin improves in quality thru neo-collagen formation, the added strength and thickness of the skin helps to retain moisture within the skin.
- Improved Skin Texture: The production of neo-collagen within the small punctures in the skin, as a result of the micro-needling, also helps to promote tissue remodeling. The result is a gradual improvement in the appearance of surgical scars, acne scars, stretch marks, and many other imperfections found on the skin that may have been acquired over the years. It is this remodeling of the skin that helps to ultimately improve the skin’s tone and texture.
Is a PRP facial safe?
PRP by itself is about as safe as it gets given that the PRP is comprised of the client’s own blood product. The only real complaint clients report revolves around the possibility that there may be a little discomfort associated with the micro-needling process to the skin. Any discomfort resulting from the micro-needling is normally mitigated by the numbing cream applied to the skin prior to the procedure itself. Aside from discomfort, very few side effects are normally associated with the procedure. Book your free consultation today to learn more about how a PRP facial may help you look younger too.