You might be knowing facials have been popular for decades. Once it was seen as an indulgence rather than necessary self-care. But today, it has drastically surged in popularity. There have been continuous advances in medical science. Today, facials are safer, relaxing and more effective than ever. You can avail PRP facial, an anti-aging treatment that offers several advantages over a traditional facial.
What is a Facial? You might visit your doctor with skincare needs but do not have a clue about where to start. Before you understand the real benefits of a PRP facial, you must first understand what exactly a facial is.
A facial is not one single skincare treatment. Rather, it is a family of skincare treatments customized for your face. This family includes treatments like facial masks, chemical peels, exfoliation and much more. So what you need to understand is that facial treatments improve the health, strength, quality and beauty of your facial skin without the use of expensive, invasive techniques.
What is a PRP Facial Treatment?
You must have heard of platelet-rich plasma facials. They are known as PRP facials. The process begins with a technician drawing whole blood. The red blood cells are separated using a centrifuge. The remaining platelet-rich plasma is what is used in the facial process.
So basically, the PRP facial uses your own blood’s platelets and plasma for your facial treatment. The natural chemicals in your own PRP are spread onto your face. Thereafter they are micro-needled into the skin during a short procedure.
Once the plasma is in, it starts to rejuvenate your entire face, tightening the wrinkled areas and smoothing your overall look. This is possible as PRP’s essential chemical components stimulate collagen growth in your skin.
You can opt to have just one facial while you can also choose to undergo a regular series of procedures. The more often you have a PRP facial, your results will last longer. Your results can last for about three to six months.
There are several advantages of PRP facials. That is what makes it so popular. The treatment truly transforms the look of your skin in positive ways. You do not have any chances of allergic reaction because the plasma comes from your own body. Discomfort and pain are minimal, and the procedure is short.
How does PRP therapy work? PRP therapy is the application of PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, to your face to benefit the body. In the context of anti-aging, there are two ways the platelet-rich plasma is used. The first option injects the platelet-rich plasma into your skin at specific depths. The second type spreads the “blood” on top of your face during treatment. Eventually, your skin absorbs the PRP. This drastically cuts down the recovery time.
PRP Facial Treatment Procedure
You must be aware a PRP facial can make you look younger, healthier and generally wonderful in a very short time. But many have concerns about the procedure itself. Once you opt for the treatment, your doctor will briefly explain the procedure and the steps involved.
1 A medical team member takes a small sample of your blood and places it in a centrifuge. This is done to isolate plasma and platelets from the red blood cells. The red blood cells are not used in the procedure. This protein-rich plasma helps to increase the collagen production on your face.
2 The team will then use a topical cream to numb your skin about 20 minutes prior to the treatment.
3 A first infusion is done using hyaluronic acid and/or phyto-boost. This is done to make sure your skin is fully hydrated and free of pigmentation.
4 The protein-rich plasma derived from your blood is spread all over your face.
5 In the next step, your medical technician will use a microneedling device on your cheeks, forehead, and other parts of your face. This process is essential as it ensures that the protein-rich substance is able to travel deep into your skin.
6 The microneedling therapy itself helps to stimulate collagen growth. So when this therapy is used alongside an infusion of PRP, you are getting a double effect of collagen-boosting.
7 When the procedure is over, you might notice some superficial pain on your face and minor bruising from the micro-needling pricking technique.
8 Your doctor might use fillers or botox to treat deep lines and other troublesome areas of your facial skin. Volume-deficient skin and small wrinkles can also be treated using fillers and botox.
Benefits of PRP Facial
1. Increased Collagen Production
When you are around 25 years old, your body’s collagen production rate drops drastically. It continues to decline at a constant rate for the rest of your life. Hence you need to do something to stimulate its production rate. Moreover, the quality of the collagen produced also drops. All of these processes result in unhealthy skin.
Are you sad because of your fine lines, moderate wrinkles or severe folds? PRP facial or vampire facial is an excellent option to enhance the quality of your skin through increased collagen production. Ultra-thin needles penetrate the upper layers of your skin during the microneedling session. After which, the existing collagen starts to heal your skin. At the same time, your body also starts to grow new, stronger, healthier collagen.
2 Reduced Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Wrinkles and fine lines are among the most common reasons people seek a PRP facial. These are a few of the common signs of aging that are treated as cellular turnover. The therapy allows old skin cells to be recycled and new skin cells, collagen and elastin to be formed.
Fine lines and wrinkles are eliminated in part as your facial skin tightens naturally in response to the micro-injuries produced during the treatment. The therapy helps to diminish the appearance of deeper folds and treats the hollow areas of your face which are plumped up.
3. Tighter, Firmer Skin
As you might know, collagen is also essential for firm, tight skin. With age, your skin starts to sag. Facial skin often becomes thin with age, and certain parts of your face, like the lips and cheeks, become noticeably thin. In such cases, collagen plumps up your skin. So you can use a vampire facial to plump up your lips.
You can also use the therapy to re-contour your cheeks without the need for an invasive medical procedure. Irrespective of your skin condition, you should ask your doctor how a PRP facial can help you achieve your ideal aesthetic.
4. Improved Moisture Retention
If your skin is stronger and thicker, it will better protect the deeper layers of your skin. A strong skin barrier also helps to retain moisture. Moreover, it also assists in unclogging your pores.
Once the pores are open, the moisturizers can be easily absorbed. The effects of a PRP facial on pores – the treatment actually reduces the appearance of pores. However, you can actually benefit from the unclogged pores making it easier to absorb medications for the purpose of beauty enhancement.
5. Enhanced Skin Tone and Texture
If you have surgical scars, acne scars, scars from traumatic injury, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation and other forms of poor skin tone, you can benefit from a PRP facial.
As old skin cells give birth to new, healthy ones, you can easily notice the improvement in the appearance of your skin in just a few days.
6 Lasting Results
Some of the commonly available anti-aging treatments last only a week or two. After which, you need to go for the next session. On the other hand, you only need to get a PRP facial every year or two to retain your youthful, radiant look. Even better, you might need fewer treatments with a PRP facial than traditional microneedling to achieve your ideal aesthetic.
7 No Downtime Required
You might want to look younger but do not want to look run-down. With traditional microneedling, you can experience redness for five to seven days. With the addition of platelet-rich plasma to your treatment – you will not look run down after the procedure. This is all because of PRP. The micro-injuries created by the microneedling can be healed quickly as they are inflicted.
Results of PRP Facial
Skin treatment results take a while to show up, especially after the very first facial you get. But most of our clients notice a generalized tightening of the skin within a few days, a glow and fullness to the entire face, and just an overall healthier look.
Results can last several months. That’s why many people choose to have PRP facials a few times per year to maintain the results for anti-aging purposes. Initially, it’s best to have about 4-6 treatments at two-week intervals to deal with scarring, skin damage, and problem areas.
Most skin rejuvenating therapies need four treatments, with each session spaced four to eight weeks apart. But with microneedling enhanced by PRP, you only need five sessions to enhance the appearance of your face and scars.