PRP Facial Rejuvenation – Everything You Want to Know
Do you love the look and feel of your skin after a facial but would rather avoid treatments containing chemicals? If you prefer a more natural approach to skin care, you may want to consider PRP facial rejuvenation. There is a lot of talk going on about this treatment and some of it may sound a little scary. Before you discount the benefits of PRP facial rejuvenation, it’s best to completely understand what it is and how it works.
What is PRP?
PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. Yes, plasma as in blood. PRP has been used by athletes for years to help heal sports injuries and it has also been used to promote hair growth. Due in part to its success in the sports industry and it’s organic nature, PRP is gaining popularity as a rejuvenation and anti-aging skin care treatment.
When receiving a PRP facial, your own blood is used, so there is little chance of an allergic reaction or any side effects. Your clinician will draw your blood and the vial is then put into a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins at an extremely high speed, causing the blood to separate into layers. The layer containing the platelets forms the platelet-rich plasma used for PRP facial rejuvenation. PRP is effective because it contains five to ten times the concentration of platelets, which are integral to clotting and wound healing, as opposed to unprocessed blood.
PRP and Microneedling
PRP is administered for most applications by injection. It was traditionally administered the same way for facial rejuvenation, much like botox or applied topically. More recently, clinicians and medical professionals have found it to be even more effective when combined with microneedling.
During the microneedling procedure, the skin is punctured by multiple tiny needles, creating micro-injuries. The body naturally responds by increasing its collagen production to promote the healing of these injuries. Collagen is a natural protein present in all the body’s organs and tissues. A crucial part of the matrix that sustains the body’s structure, it provides integrity, firmness, and elasticity to tendons, skin, and cartilage. Increased collagen levels help to keep skin supple and healthy.
As we age, the body’s natural collagen production decreases, often resulting in fine lines and wrinkles. The signs of aging can be slowed down if collagen levels are increased. This is typically done by taking supplements, which are not always well-absorbed. The collagen produced by microneedling comes from within and is, therefore, more effective than supplements. This increased collagen combined with healing properties of PRP is like a one-two punch, providing knockout skin care results.
What to Expect
All of this can seem a little scary. Some have even nicknamed it the “vampire facial” but the benefits of PRP and microneedling are well worth the initial shock. Once your blood is drawn and put into the centrifuge, your clinician will apply a numbing agent to relieve any discomfort. The PRP is applied in conjunction with the microneedling procedure allowing the PRP to be absorbed more thoroughly and evenly. While there isn’t really any downtime, you may experience some swelling and redness after the procedure. Ice is recommended to relieve this and you should not apply any makeup for at least 24 hours after being treated.
PRP Facial Rejuvenation at Vive
Our philosophy on facial aesthetics is to enhance one’s natural beauty and to refresh the soul. We understand that undergoing any type of aesthetic treatment can be a big step. At Vive Medical Weight Loss and Aesthetics, from the moment you enter our office, our goal is to put you at ease and make the experience as comfortable as possible.
We are proud to offer PRP in conjunction with state-of-the-art microneedling treatments administered with the SkinPen by Bellus Medical. We also offer PRP treatment to promote hair growth If you’d like to learn more about PRP or microneedling and find out if they’re right for you, schedule a consultation today!