PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) can be applied topically during the micro-needling procedure, and it can also injected into the skin right after the treatment to greatly enhance the micro-needling benefits. This complete treatment is also known as the Vampire Facial.
PRP comes from your own blood and contains high concentrations of platelets and growth factors that help your tissue heal and grow new cells. PRP is obtained by drawing a small amount of blood from your arm into a sterile tube. The tube is centrifuged to separate your plasma, the portion of the blood that we use for the treatment, from your red and white blood cells, which settle to the bottom of the tube.
Historically, PRP has been primarily used in orthopedic medicine, dentistry and reconstructive surgery to help speed recovery. Now it’s used in aesthetic medicine to help damaged, aging skin grow new collagen and elastin for beautiful, youthful results.
When PRP is placed back into the skin by injection or micro-needling, it initiates a localized stem cell response. Over the weeks and months following treatment, this stem cell response recruits collagen-producing cells called fibroblasts. The fibroblasts replace tissue that has been damaged or lost through the aging process with healthy skin that looks refreshed and rejuvenated.
A PRP Facial enhances skin quality by encouraging cellular turnover and promoting circulation, which results in softer renewed skin with better tone and texture. After just one session, you will notice a visible improvement in your skin’s brightness, clarity, and overall health. The benefits of PRP cannot be recreated in any cosmetic or pharmaceutical product as it is an individual’s own cells creating new tissue and healthy skin.
It stimulates and increases circulation, promotes collagen production and cellular turnover, thus improving the overall condition of the skin.
Patients should avoid sun exposure, including tanning beds, several weeks prior to treatment, as well as aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medications in order to reduce bruising. Patients are also urged to drink lots of water in the days leading up to your treatment to make the drawing of blood easier.
A PRP Facial is a two-step procedure. First is the microneedling portion, in which your doctor uses a derma roller on the desired area(s) of your skin. While your face is numbing, blood is drawn, usually from your arm, and put into a centrifuge, which separates the PRP from other components of the blood. Microneedling creates small micro punctures in the skin, allowing for penetration of the PRP, which is massaged into the area.
The 2-step procedure takes 45 minutes to an hour.
Within a few weeks of treatment, an overall improvement in skin hydration, texture and tone can be seen. New collagen and blood vessels begin to grow after three to six weeks, and reduction of fine lines and wrinkles and volume correction happens over the next three to six months. The effects of a PRP Facial can last 12 months to two years, depending on the individual. While it creates a longer-lasting effect in the skin, it does take time to work.
The use of numbing cream for skin needling makes a PRP Facial relatively pain-free.
You may experience some skin tenderness and redness afterwards, which will subside within a day or two. Recovery time is minimal, and most patients go back to normal activities, including work, the next day.