What Is PRP?
Taking care of your skin is vital to your health and confidence. New and exciting procedures are introduced every day, but knowing which one will work best for you isn’t always obvious. For example, many injectables rejuvenate the skin, from neuromodulators to derma fillers. But have you heard of a vampire facial?
PRP treatment, known as a vampire facial, is an injectable treatment that uses your own cells to boost natural rejuvenation. As a result, PRP has gained a reputation as the “Fountain of Youth.” It’s made headlines as enthralled celebrities rave about the success of PRP.
So how does PRP revive your skin, and does it work for everyone?
How PRP Works
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has been nicknamed a “vampire facial” because the injectable treatment uses plasma and platelets to stimulate healing.
The protein-rich plasma contains minerals, nutrients, and over 20 growth factors, including chemokines, stem cells, and antimicrobial peptides. The growth factors are crucial for biological processes in the skin, causing cell turnover and triggering collagen production.
Collagen production is part of a natural healing response. Collagen is a protein and the main component of connective tissue, including skin, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. It helps maintain skin, improve hydration, and strengthen elasticity.
As we age, skin becomes thinner, dryer, and loses elasticity. Beginning in your 30s, the skin loses approximately 1% to 1.5%of collagen. The gradual loss of elasticity and thinning tissue results in wrinkles, lines, and drooping skin. Collagen is essential for maintaining skin structure. So encouraging your skin to produce it naturally improves the appearance of your skin.
The PRP procedure lasts about 45 minutes and follows 3 basic steps:
- Blood is drawn, usually from the arm. The amount is small, no more than 2–4 tablespoons.
- Protein-rich plasma and platelets are separated from the blood sample using a centrifuge. Then, the plasma and platelets are combined to create platelet-rich plasma (PRP).
- Finally, the PRP is injected into the skin using a syringe or a micro-needling device.
Some patients may notice a fresher look after the initial treatment. Typically, 3 or more treatments are scheduled 4–6 weeks apart to achieve the best results. However, it can take a few weeks to experience the full effects.
PRP & Microneedling
Combining PRP with microneedling can improve treatment effectiveness as both procedures stimulate collagen growth. In addition, both PRP and microneedling are minimally invasive and rarely require downtime. Some patients describe the sensation of microneedling as a warm, scratching feeling. Otherwise, the treatment is relatively pain-free.
Additionally, PRP and microneedling share the same post-procedure recommendations. Patients should avoid:
- Harsh cosmetics or products
- Direct sun exposure
- Sweating or strenuous activity
When you’re ready to go out in the days after your treatment, our Iconic Beauty Aesthetics team can recommend options for gentler cosmetics and sun-safe skin tips.
Benefits & Risks
Like any skin treatment, how it affects you is unique. Effectiveness can vary, but results can last up to 18 months after PRP.
There are many benefits and few risks to PRP. The treatment is nonsurgical, and it’s a natural alternative to facial fillers. However, as the treatment stimulates natural skin rejuvenation, results can come slowly compared with derma fillers.
PRP can help skin appear fuller, tighter, and smoother. PRP can also significantly improve skin texture and give the skin an overall fresher, even-toned complexion.
Notably, PRP is a low-risk procedure, and most side effects are rare. As with any injectable treatment, a risk of infection is possible, though very unlikely. It’s normal to experience some discomfort after a PRP treatment. Some patients may experience minimal bruising, swelling, and slight bleeding. Symptoms generally go away within a few days.
Tell your skincare team about any health or clotting conditions before treatment. Also, make sure to hydrate and eat beforehand to prevent lightheadedness!
Most patients can return to their regular routine the day after the procedure. You may be advised to avoid rigorous activity to avoid facial sweating. Once your skin has healed, you can get back to enjoying workouts, sports, and other activities.
Additionally, true to the name vampire facial, you should avoid sunlight—your skin may be sensitive to sunscreen immediately after treatment. Practice other sun safety tips while allowing your skin a few days to heal.
Is PRP Right for You?
Most patients are good candidates for PRP. When you’re looking for low-risk, natural options for rejuvenating your skin, microneedling and a vampire facial can be a great choice. Booking a consultation can help you understand what to expect and ensure you’re putting your trust in a certified, professional team.
Our Iconic Beauty Aesthetics team undergoes rigorous training to ensure we provide the highest-calibre service. We welcome you to book a complimentary consultation with one of our team members. We can answer your questions and help you determine if you’re a good candidate for PRP. Contact us today to learn more about our skincare services!