Updated: Jan 6
Did you know Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a very effective skin rejuvenation procedure? PRP uses your blood plasma, a clear yellow fluid with a high concentration of growth factors and stem cell precursors. Growth factors stimulate growth, and stem cell precursors become new cells of what is needed in the tissue injected, such as collagen, elastin, connective tissue, blood vessels and other skin components.
Also known as the vampire facial or vampire facelift, PRP is becoming increasingly popular because of the great results people are getting. The skin looks younger, more vibrant, and glows, and dark under-eye circles and wrinkles are much improved.
What exactly is PRP?
If you get a PRP treatment to reduce signs of aging on your skin, here’s what to expect:
Blood is drawn: You will have a small amount of blood drawn from your arm.
Blood separation: The test tube containing your blood will be placed in a medical device called a centrifuge, which separates your blood into layers. One of these layers has a high concentration of platelets.
Blood injected: Your practitioner injects the clear plasma containing a high concentration of platelets into your face or scalp using a syringe.
Orthopedic surgeons use PRP to help athletes recover more quickly after an injury by speeding up wound healing.
In dermatology, PRP treats hair loss and the skin on the face and neck for rejuvenation.
How does it work?
PRP contains growth factors and stem cell precursors that stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin, which otherwise shrink or disappear over the years, causing our skin to age. Several growth factors within PRP stimulate tissue regeneration.
How long does it take?
The entire procedure takes 45 minutes to one hour.
What kind of results can you expect?
Plump up sagging skin
Lessen the depth of deep creases
Improve one’s complexion and allow the skin to glow
Diminish acne scars
How much downtime is associated with PRP?
There is minimal downtime. There may be slight bruising and swelling, which should resolve itself within one to two days.
Is PRP painful?
A 30% numbing cream is applied to the skin one hour before treatment to eliminate or greatly reduce any potential pain caused by the injections.
What is the procedure for PRP?
Hand injection under the eyes and near the cheekbone, then using the U-225 gun to deliver the PRP to the rest of the face and neck. The U-225 gun controls the depth, speed and amount of plasma injected into each location. For hair regrowth, the U-225 gun is the primary delivery system.
How long does it take to see results from PRP?
The full effects of PRP appear within a few weeks to a month.
How many PRP treatments do you need?
Researchers have found that most patients who get results have three or more treatments.
Is there any risk to PRP?
Since the patient uses their blood to collect platelets and it is a sterile procedure, there is no possibility of infection or other side effects.
Who can have PRP treatments?
While PRP is considered safe for most people, it’s not recommended for anyone who has one or more of the following medical conditions:
HIV or AIDS
Any type of blood cancer
Cardiovascular disease, which requires taking a blood thinner
Skin cancer in the area to be treated
These conditions affect your platelets, making them unable to deliver the expected results.
How long do the results of PRP last?
Results can last as long as 18 months.
How can clients improve the quality of their plasma?
Dr. Terrie recommends clients get a nutrient-rich IV a few days or one week before their PRP treatment. These antioxidant nutrients will greatly improve plasma quality, allowing a more powerful rejuvenation result.
PRP is one of the most effective natural skin rejuvenation techniques, with zero risk for any side effects. The face does not look altered, and there is improved skin integrity and a more even skin tone.
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