What's a Platelet-Rich Plasma Facial and is it Right for You?
With the global skincare industry being a multi-billion dollar venture, it's pretty obvious that we all care about the look and health of our skin. And with good reason - our skin is the outward manifestation of our inner selves. From gut issues to hormone dysregulation high stress, these concerns will show up on our skin in the form of dullness, dryness, acne, rosacea and the like. While there are a list of internal treatments that should be implemented for optimal skin health, topical treatments are also part of the picture.
So have you heard of platelet-rich plasma facials? Read on or check out the video to learn more.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a fraction of your blood that's rich in growth factors and immune cells that are involved in the stimulation and growth of tissue, in this particular case collagen in the skin. Your own blood is drawn and spun in a special centrifuge, which separates red blood cells from plasma in a very precise manner. From there, the platelet-rich fractions of the plasma are extracted and injected into the skin at a precise depth. The combination of needling and injecting PRP serves two purposes - needling causes damage to the collagen framework, stimulating our body's natural healing process to take place and build up collagen and elastin in the tissue, while the injected PRP also helps to promote this collagen growth.
Does it hurt?
Prior to the injection, a numbing cream is applied which allows for the treatment to be easily tolerated. There is minimal pain involved with the use of the topical numbing cream and patients report mild tenderness of the skin after the treatment, after the numbing cream has worn off. All in all down time after a treatment is about 24-48 hours and may include some redness, mild swelling and possible bruising. Most patients report they are able to carry out their activities of daily living just fine after a treatment.
How often do I need to get it done?
Depending on the concern being treated, PRP facials can be performed anywhere from 3-12 months apart. When dealing with aging skin or scarring, it's recommended to have the treatments more often in order to achieve the best results. When using for prevention, yearly is fine.
What can a PRP facial help with?
- Prevention and anti-aging
- Lines and wrinkles
- Dull, dry skin
- Sagging skin (and support with skin elasticity)
- Hyperpigmentation - ex. acne scarring, sun spots
- Uneven skintone
- Acne vulgaris
- Acne rosacea (especially the papulopustular subtype)
Where can I learn more?
I've written a number of articles on PRP facials and they can be found below, including references to external links that you can read up on too!