The PRP Facial is an advanced skincare treatment method that harnesses your body’s own natural power to heal itself.
You’ve probably seen the photos on Instagram over the past couple of years of celebrities or beauty content creators’ faces seemingly slathered in blood. What could be mistaken for Halloween makeup is actually a skin-care treatment. Basically, a mask made out of a component of your very own blood — not anyone else’s — is spread all over your face to rejuvenate your complexion. As terrifying as this technique may seem, it actually boasts impressive, virtually painless results that will have your skin glowing.
How a PRP Facial is done
When the platelets in the plasma are concentrated, magic happens. First, blood is drawn from you. To achieve concentrated levels of platelets in plasma, all four components of your blood are separated by density. Then, the platelets are injected into the plasma, excluding the red and white blood cells. Platelet-rich plasma is then applied to your skin and gets absorbed.
Your platelets can be injected directly into your skin like fillers to stimulate collagen production and achieve rejuvenation.
Alternately, we can combine your PRP Facial with other ones, like Microneedling (occasionally with radiofrequency) & microdermabrasion. These procedures prep your skin for your PRP to be spread all over it. These pairings further stimulate collagen production, reduces fine lines, and accelerates wound healing.
Understanding the PRP used in PRP Facial
When blood is placed into a centrifuge, it separates into three distinct layers: plasma on top, platelets and blood cells in the middle, and red blood cells at the bottom. PRP is derived from the center part, also known as the serum portion.
The platelets, in particular, contain pockets called alpha granules, which secrete high levels of growth factors — more than 20, if you want to talk specifics. They’ve been shown to be effective for wound healing, as well as improving skin elasticity, volume, and texture.
When platelet-rich plasma during the PRP Facial is reintroduced to skin on its own through a non-invasive procedure, cell turnover is stimulated, and in turn, collagen and elastin production is ramped up for a plumper, tighter, and smoother complexion.
PRP Facial treatment beneficiaries:
Those with premature wrinkles, high levels of sun damage, or anyone who desires a fresher, more even-toned complexion are ideal candidates for the Vampire Facial.
What the PRP Facial treats:
- Acne & scars
- Fine lines & wrinkles
- Loose skin
- Uneven skin tone
Benefits of a PRP Facial
- Reduced wrinkles
- Plump skin
- Faded or diminished acne scars
- Brightened skin
If this sounds a little fringe to you, you might be surprised to learn that even the biggest celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Bar Refaeli and British actor Rupert Everett have all undergone the “dracula treatment”.
- It doesn’t hurt
- It’s quick
- Gives lasting results
- No downtime is required.
Avoid PRP Facials if:
- You have a history of blood diseases, including clotting or bleeding disorders
- If you are pregnant.
PRP Facial safety
PRP facials are generally safe if done with sterilized equipment in a clean environment.
Anyone with premature wrinkles or hyperpigmentation who wants to even their skin tone is an ideal candidate for the procedure.
However, as with most cosmetic procedures, unsterilized equipment increases the risk of infection and disease.
With that said, vampire facials are a non-invasive procedure that can safely be done by our certified Lead Specialist the correct equipment.
PRP Facial Frequently Asked Questions
What’s a PRP Facial?
The PRP Facial is done through microneedling. We use a microneedling device to safely and precisely create controlled micro-injuries to the skin. Then platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is injected into the skin to “trigger new collagen and elastin production, break up existing scar tissue and make the skin look and feel smoother, brighter, tighter and more youthful.
Will the effects of the PRP Facial be seen quickly?
The beneficial effects of the vampire facial on the face will be visible in a few days and continue to improve further over the next few weeks.
Will the effects of the PRP facial be permanent?
The beneficial effects of the PRP facial on the skin will last up to a year or so. Further treatments will be necessary to maintain the youthful look and improved skin appearance.
What’s the difference between traditional microneedling and the PRP facial? Is one better than the other?
In short, both facial treatments improve the skin’s texture and help to reduce unwanted wrinkles. Healing time is the major difference between the two treatments. With traditional microneedling, you can expect five to seven days of redness or downtime.
Microneedling with PRP, or PRP facial, decreases downtime to 24 hours. How? By using platelet-rich plasma, you are essentially healing the micro-injuries to the skin as they are inflicted. The rich growth factors and healing properties within the PRP stimulates greater collagen formation and boosts the skin’s natural healing process. Microneedling with PRP is superior to traditional microneedling because you can achieve better results with fewer treatments.
We know Kim K. popularized the treatment, but were people getting the PRP Facial before the feature on her show?
Yes. People have been utilizing the treatment for many years before.
Can PRP treatment be used in other parts of the body?
Yes. Platelet-rich plasma treatment has been used to improve wound healing and collagen growth in sports injuries and has been used by sports celebrities such as Rafael Nadal and Tiger Woods.
Who would you recommend the PRP Facial to?
The procedure is safe for all skin types but we would not recommend it to someone who has difficulties getting their blood drawn. The perfect candidate would be someone looking to improve the overall appearance of his or her skin and address deeper collagen formation.