Updated: Sep 4, 2020
Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy, is a form of regenerative medicine that makes use of our body’s ability to heal itself and enhance the natural growth factors your body uses to heal tissue.
Platelet-Rich plasma, or PRP, is a substance that promotes healing when injected. Plasma is a component of your blood that contains special proteins, that help your blood to clot. It also contains proteins that support cell growth. When injecting PRP into damaged tissues, the PRP will stimulate your body to grow new, healthy cells and promote healing, therefore reducing the prominence of scars, wrinkles, sun damage, and dark circles. Your skin will be tighter and more radiant.
What is plasma and what are platelets?
Plasma is the liquid part of whole blood. It is composed largely of water and proteins, and it circulates red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets through the body. Platelets, also called thrombocytes, are blood cells that cause blood clots and other necessary growth healing functions, and their activation plays a key role in the body's natural healing process.
What is PRP Facial treatment?
PRP facial treatment uses your own blood’s platelets and plasma to be injected on your face. The platelet-rich plasma can either be injected into deeper wrinkles or micro-needled into the skin. Once the plasma is in, it begins to do its work of rejuvenating your face, tightening wrinkled areas and smoothing and improving the texture of your skin. It’s able to do that because PRP stimulates collagen growth.
The more often you have a PRP facial, the longer the results of each treatment will last, which is about 6 to 12 months.
The advantages of PRP Facial treatment are:
It uses your body’s natural ability to heal itself
There’s no chance for an allergic reaction because the plasma comes from your own body
Pain is minimal and the procedure is short (not more than 60min!)
PRP Facial treatment process
PRP Facial treatment is a three-step process. It is recommended to repeat PRP treatment three times, 4-5 weeks apart. Maintenance treatments are recommended every 4–6 months.
The medical professional draws your blood and puts the vials containing the blood into a centrifuge - a machine that spins rapidly to separate fluids of different densities.
After about 15 minutes in the centrifuge, your blood will have separated into in three layers:
red blood cells
The platelet-rich plasma is drawn up into a syringe and then injected into areas on your face and scalp.
Because the procedure involves injections, there might be some minor swelling or bruising, therefore we recommend to allow 24-hours for your skin to fully recover. Avoid the direct sun exposure right after the procedure, wear a sun protector of 50 SPF and drink lots of water.
When will I see the results?
Results take a while to show up, especially after the very first facial you get, as the plasma is working its' way into the layers of the skin. Most patients notice tightening of the skin, glow and overall healthier look within a few days after the treatment.
Results can last several months. That’s why many people choose to have PRP facials few times per year to maintain the results.
Three treatments every 4 - 5 weeks are recommended for best results, and then one treatment every 6 months for maintenance.