Who doesn’t want to have younger, better-looking skin?
I am a firm believer in self-care, and I’ve indulged in my fair share of beauty treatments. One of my favorite ways to treat myself is to get a lymphatic massage. It helps remove toxins from the body and can alleviate digestive problems. This massage can also aid in reducing cellulite appearance and creating healthier skin.
There’s a wealth of treatments and procedures that promise younger-looking skin, from the more basic approaches to more extreme services. From acne-scar treatments such as micro-needling to skin-tightening procedures such as Ultherapy and Radiofrequency Skin Tightening, skincare procedures encompass a very broad spectrum.
One of the more well-known cosmetic procedures is the platelet-rich plasma facial, also known as the “vampire facial” or “vampire facelift.” Let’s take a look at what it is and examine some of its benefits and drawbacks.
What Are Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Facials?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) primarily gained traction because of its wound-healing properties. According to Grace Lee Peng, it’s a substance that’s rich in platelets and helps facilitate the release of bioactive proteins and growth factors. PRP is an essential component that helps boost collagen production. Given its properties, it’s one of the most commonly used elements for plasma facial rejuvenation procedures, such as micro-needling and platelet-rich plasma facials.
Platelet-rich plasma facials use blood, your blood, for skin rejuvenation treatments. Plasma rejuvenation requires technicians to draw blood from their clients. The blood would then be placed inside a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells (RBC) from the platelet-rich plasma. The latter is what will be used in the facial; it can either be injected or massaged into the skin.
How Does It Differ from Microneedling?
Microneedling entails the use of a unique device that pricks the skin to promote collagen production. Microneedling addresses the signs of skin aging, such as age spots and wrinkles. PRP is commonly used with micro-needling for more effective facial treatment.
What Happens During Platelet-Rich Plasma Facials?
Here’s a basic outline of what takes place during a PRP facial:
Before the actual treatment, a medical team member will draw a blood sample, place it into a centrifuge to separate the RBC from the plasma. They usually use a topical anesthetic to numb the area. Clinics may vary on the procedures that they do before the actual PRP process. Some may apply an infusion to ensure skin hydration.
Then, the medical technician will use a micro-needling device and go over areas of your face, such as your forehead and cheeks. The microneedle device creates superficial punctures that facilitate PRP penetration into the skin. The technician will then apply the plasma to your face.
A procedure can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. Your doctor can apply a solution to help soothe any side effects.
What Are Its Benefits and Drawbacks?
Platelet-rich plasma facial benefits include:
- Improving your complexion
- Eliminating deep creases
- Reducing the appearance of acne scars
- Minimizing the appearance of wrinkles
- Stimulating elastin and collagen production
- Little to no risk of infection, given that it uses your blood
- Minimal pain
Some of the drawbacks of PRP facials include:
- Longer time for results to become evident
- May have physically painful side effects such as bruising or swelling
- At times it will not be compatible with individuals with blood clotting issues or blood-related health issues
- It may not be as effective when applied to skin that’s been through excessive sun damage
- It may not work as well with hyperpigmented skin (my personal experience)
If you’re unsure of any procedure, it’s always a good idea to talk to your healthcare provider first so that you can make more informed decisions.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Yes, there are. You may experience bruising or inflammation after a session. Swelling and redness are also common. There’s no need to worry too much, though, as these side effects can clear up in a matter of days.
As a precaution, you’d want to avoid excessive sun exposure and harsh skin care products after having a PRP facial.
How Much Does a Platelet-Rich Plasma Facial Cost?
The cost of PRP facials usually ranges at around $700 per treatment. Note that platelet-rich plasma facials aren’t exactly a one-time deal. This treatment requires several sessions, which can range from three to six sessions.
If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly alternative to more invasive procedures, then this might be an ideal option for you. To ensure optimal results and your safety, always work with qualified medical professionals, such as licensed dermatologists or plastic surgeons.
Overall, platelet-rich plasma facials are a milder, less invasive alternative that’s quick and relatively painless. It doesn’t require a long recovery time, but it may take longer for results to be visible.
Have you tried PRP facials or plasma facelifts before? What other procedures or treatments have you tried? Drop your skincare and self-care routine below, and let’s have a conversation!