PRP facial treatments
Let’s face it, PRP facial treatments are more popular now than ever (pun intended). But, some of us aren’t quite ready for its ‘vampire’ effects. Don’t worry; we have less invasive treatments, like PDO thread lifts, RF microneedling with Morhpeus8, hydrafacials & more. But, for those of us who are all in for the dramatic results, here is the nitty-gritty of PRP treatments…
What exactly is a PRP facial treatment?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) facials are a groundbreaking solution for aging or damaged skin & known as PRP facial rejuvenation. It’s an anti-aging skin treatment that pairs microneedling with a plasma “serum,” leaving skin looking younger, smoother, and overall healthier.
Kim Kardashian’s infamous vampire facial, before and after comparison
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What does a PRP facial treatment involve?
A PRP facial is a more natural cosmetic treatment that involves injecting platelet-rich plasma (PRP) into the face. PRP is a component of blood that contains growth factors and other proteins that promote healing on a cellular level. When injected into the skin, PRP can help improve texture and tone, reduce wrinkles, and encourage new collagen growth.
PRP can also be used as an effective treatment for hair restoration. And those in sports medicine use it to treat injuries.
How?Our blood contains plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Platelets help our blood clot and produce growth factor proteins essential for healing. PRP facial rejuvenation uses platelets from your blood to help heal and renew your skin. Growth factors are critical for our skin to keep it looking plump & full of elastin.
To start this process, a medical professional will draw a small vial of blood from you. Then they will place the vial in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from the red and white blood cells. This process concentrates the platelets and increases the count many times higher than usual, and the result is impressive. From there, it is ready to address skin complaints.
One of the best things about PRP facial rejuvenation is that almost any man or woman can be considered a great candidate for the procedure. This process is effective for all skin types and ages. PRP facial rejuvenation is an excellent treatment option for individuals just starting to explore anti-aging and skin rejuvenation. Additionally, PRP facials are great for people looking to maintain healthy skin or enhance it before a big event.
Before you begin the process, we will review all your questions and concerns to ensure PRP facial rejuvenation is a good fit for you.
How Often Should I Get PRP Face Treatments?
We recommend getting PRP injections for at least three months for the best treatment results. But, of course, this may vary depending on how well your skin responds to the platelet-rich plasma injections.
Are PRP Skin Treatment Results Permanent?
Technically, no. But after completing an entire treatment plan and with proper aftercare, you should see results for up to three years.
What Should You Do After a PRP Facial?
- Avoid touching your face for at least 6 hours.
- Avoid applying makeup on your face until the next day.
- Take special care not to irritate your skin by touching it. If you need to touch your face, wash your hands with soap and water.
- Don’t rub the skin, especially when washing and drying your face.
- Use pain relievers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen to reduce any discomfort after the treatment. Especially if you notice pain or swelling lasting longer than 24 hours.
- You can apply cold compresses wrapped in a clean, dry towel to help reduce swelling and discomfort as well.
- Plan to sleep on your back with your face slightly elevated for at least two days after your treatment.
- You should also avoid using exfoliating facial cleansers for about three days or 72 hours.
How do I maintain my PRP facial results?
Following your aftercare instructions and regular skincare routine will help you see optimal results about three months after the initial treatment.
After that, you can schedule additional PRP facial treatments, with or without microneedling, to keep renewing your results. What’s excellent about PRP treatments is that since they use your body’s healing factors, you can schedule repeat treatments as soon as you notice your results fading.
What are the benefits ofreasons to consider a PRP 'vampire facial'?
Is PRP better than botox?
It depends on what you want from your aesthetic or cosmetic treatments. For example, Botox best prevents fine lines, wrinkles, dynamic wrinkles, and other minor signs of aging. However, PRP facial rejuvenation treatments work best for patients looking for ways to naturally increase collagen production and improve the overall quality of their skin.
Botox injections work well to relax and inhibit the nerves that cause dynamic wrinkles on your face. But PRP injections will help your cells reactivate and restore your skin’s natural layers of collagen, elastin, and more.
Some patients combine PRP treatments with Botox injections in the same treatment session. The two-in-one gives powerful anti-aging results.
Is PRP better than microneedling?
Think of PRP as an add-on to microneedling. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections work even better when combined with a tried and true technique like microneedling. However, something we’ve found in our practice is that by combining microneedling treatments with PRP injections, we can help patients experience excellent results.
Can A Vampire Facial Make You Look Younger?
The short answer is yes! However, the results can vary significantly from patient to patient because it uses your body’s natural wound healing abilities.
Is Platelet-Rich Plasma The Secret To Younger-Looking Skin?
I wouldn’t say it’s the secret to younger-looking skin, but PRP treatments create undeniable results.
When the platelet-rich plasma is injected into the skin, the injection “wounds” stimulate the body’s collagen production and add natural growth factors to boost your body’s healing process further.
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is currently hailed as the secret to bright and youthful skin. It allows patients to turn back the proverbial hands of time on their skin. From erasing fine lines and other superficial creases to addressing signs of sun damage, there is very little that a PRP treatment cannot do to improve the texture and overall tone of the skin.
Suppose you’ve noticed the early signs of facial aging and are eager to regain a taut, healthy, resilient, and undeniably youthful complexion. In that case, you owe it to yourself to learn more about this procedure.
Why Is Collagen So Important?
Collagen is a protein like a latticework in your skin that provides structure in the different layers of your skin. Additionally, this protein makes up your nails and hair.
When the collagen breaks down in your skin, you develop lines and wrinkles. Typically, your collagen production will begin to slow down around the age of 25. After that, you’ll see more fine lines and wrinkles on your skin. For women, after they go through menopause, their natural collagen production slows down even more.
What is PRP, and why is it so effective?
Over the past several years, platelet-rich plasma has earned acclaim throughout the cosmetic industry due to its impressive restorative capabilities. From aiding in some of the world’s most effective hair loss reversal treatments to creating firmer and more resilient skin, this naturally-derived solution is worth considering. It reduces the turnover rate for new skin cells so that the dermis constantly refreshes and renews itself, just like it did when the body was younger.
PRP contains every one of the growth hormones for triggering increased collagen production and the regeneration of skin tissues. It also promotes better cell differentiation, promoting brighter and more vibrant skin overall. PRP treatment can provide impressive benefits for a dull, tired complexion caused by overwork, physical and emotional stress, and everyday wear and tear.
How is Platelet-Rich-Plasma sourced?
Using blood or blood-derived products to restore your skin’s health and former vitality may make you feel odd. However, PRP treatment for smoother skin always uses platelet-rich plasma obtained from the patient’s blood. This procedure eliminates several obvious health risks while making consumers feel much more comfortable pursuing this treatment.
How long do PRP injections last in the face?
PRP facial results typically last between 6-12 months.
However, it’s important to note that your specific skin type will influence the longevity of your results. At the very least, you should experience results, especially after your first treatment, for around 6 to 12 months. The results of a PRP facial are typically visible within a few weeks and continue to improve over time.
For the longest-lasting results, you should work with Dr. Garza and Tracey to create a regimented skin care plan that may include multiple PRP facial treatments to help maintain your results. But, of course, your lifestyle, age, genetics, and other factors will also play into how good your results are and how long they’ll last.
How long does it take for the results to show?
One significant benefit of choosing PRP treatment for smoother skin is the ability to avoid a lengthy recovery time. There isn’t a lot of downtime with this procedure, given that only a very modest amount of blood is drawn to retrieve the necessary PRP and that the injection of the PRP is a simple and easy process.
It is important to note that PRP treatment patients often experience improvements in different facial issues at differing times. For instance, sunspots and dark spots can fade or disappear in as little as two to three months, whereas dull and dry skin may look revitalized within just a few days. Therefore, during your initial appointment, the provider can estimate the required length of treatment, the necessary number of sessions, and the approximate duration of your PRP results.
See an experienced professional like Dr. Garza for an optimal treatment plan customized to your skin’s needs.
What does PRP do to your face?
PRP uses your body’s regenerative properties to help reproduce healthier, younger-looking skin. With PRP, your blood is drawn and placed into a machine that spins it down into what’s referred to as “liquid gold.” It’s then re-applied to your skin or scalp if you’re being treated for hair loss by injecting small amounts into the desired area. So, I’m sure that you can imagine an “ouch” may be in order.
The good news at our clinic is that we offer Pro-Nox as an option for any of our patients to help alleviate any anxiety or pain associated with our aesthetic treatments – so you never have to worry! However, because of the discomfort with PRP injections and the efficacy of its results, other options have become available that make a lot of sense for a majority of our patients.
What can PRP do for aging skin on the face?
Generally speaking, the more advanced facial aging is, the more advanced and invasive the treatment must be to achieve desired results. Nevertheless, PRP therapy is an effective solution for various superficial skin issues. It can also effectively minimize the appearance of discolored, dark, and deep acne scars.
What it will not do, however, is significantly tighten excessively loose or sagging skin. On the other hand, with noticeable increases in collagen production, multiple sessions may restore a look of vitality and health to severely aged skin. Still, other skin tightening treatments might be recommended.
Can PRP treatments be paired with other aesthetic treatments?
PRP treatment can effectively address a variety of common cosmetic concerns. However, there are times when this procedure can be made significantly more effective by pairing it with other treatments. The timing of combined treatments can be different for every individual. However, with the right combination of non-surgical procedures, you can dramatically improve your appearance without taking on excessive risk or requiring time away from work or other responsibilities for an extended healing period.
What is better than microneedling with PRP?
It’s no surprise that microneedling with PRP has become one of the most popular treatments for anyone looking to get visible results for overall skin texture, laxity, pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. However, microneedling with PRP can also be accompanied by redness or discomfort. Most patients find these to be well worth the results, BUT if another option could produce the same or even better results, why not try it?
In this case, microneedling with exosomes (especially with Morpheus8) has become the more popular choice due to its ability to calm inflamed skin and enhance the results.
What’s the difference between PRP and exosome therapy?
PRP is still commonly used for its regenerative properties, which exosomes have been clinically proven to provide. A notable difference between the two is that with PRP, your blood is drawn and then injected back into your skin or scalp, and exosomes are applied topically.
Which is better, PRP or exosomes?
Exosomes are derived from donated stem cells and contain growth factors similar to platelet-rich plasma. Instead of injections, dermatologists can apply exosomes topically or with microneedling. Many patients now opt for exosome therapy over PRP for its pain-free application and substantial results.
Are you a good candidate for a PRP skin treatment?
If you have visible sun damage at the surface layers of your skin, such as age spots, sun spots, or other issues, PRP treatment can even out your complexion. This procedure is also ideal for people with wrinkles, acne scarring, and uneven skin tone, among other skin complaints.
Setting Up an Appointment to Learn More
Every patient and skin issue is unique. Although a series of PRP treatments have an impressive success record, there are better ways to reach your personal cosmetic goals than these treatments. Scheduling a consult at Garza Plastic Surgery will allow you to talk about your concerns with an expert while learning more about the potential benefits of this and other possible treatment options.