PRP (PLATELET RICH PLASMA INJECTIONS)
If you want to minimize your fine lines and wrinkles without surgery, then PRP facial treatment may be for you. Platelet-rich plasma facial uses human growth factors extracted from your blood (hence the name: “Vampire Facial” made popular by Kim Kardashian) to enhance collagen production and stimulate your body’s natural repair and rejuvenation processes. That means you can get natural looking results without the need for a costly, invasive surgical procedure.
What are PRP Facials?
You’ve probably heard of platelet-rich plasma facials, also known as PRP facials. The basic process begins with a technician drawing whole blood and then using a centrifuge to separate out the red cells. The remaining platelet-rich plasma is what’s used in the facial process.
A PRP facial uses your own blood’s platelets and plasma on your face. The natural chemicals in your own PRP is slathered onto your face and then micro-needled into the skin during a short procedure. Once the plasma is in, it begins to do its work of rejuvenating your entire face, tightening wrinkled areas and smoothing the overall look. It’s able to do that because PRP’s essential chemical components stimulate collagen growth.
Some people opt to have just one facial while others undergo a regular series of procedures. The more often you have a PRP facial, the longer the results of each treatment will last, which is about 3-6 months.
What are the key advantages of PRP facials and why are they so popular?
They truly transform the look of your skin in positive ways
There’s no chance for an allergic reaction because the plasma comes from your own body
Pain and discomfort is minimal and the procedure is short
What is a PRP Treatment Like?
Many of our clients know that a PRP facial can make them look healthier, younger and generally wonderful in a short amount of time, but often have concerns about the procedure itself. After sitting down, our provider will briefly explain to you what’s going to happen. Here’s an overview:
A Provider Nurse takes a small sample of your blood and places it in a centrifuge to isolate plasma and platelets from red cells. The red cells are not used in the procedure. This protein-rich plasma is what helps stimulate collagen production when infused into the skin of your face.
We use a topical cream to numb your skin about 20 minutes prior to treatment.
A first infusion is done with hyaluronic acid and/or phyto-boost to make sure the skin is fully hydrated and free of pigmentation.
The plasma is spread all over your face before the next step of the process.
The medical technician uses a micro-needling device on your forehead, cheeks and other parts of your face to make sure the protein-rich substance is able to travel deep into the skin.
Micro-needing itself helps to stimulate collagen growth, so when used alongside an infusion of PRP, you’re getting a double effect of collagen-boosting.
When it’s over, you might notice a bit of superficial pain on your face and minor bruising from the micro-needling technique.
For deep lines and other troublesome areas of the facial skin, our team might use fillers or Botox to handle volume-deficient skin and small wrinkles.
What are Results of PRP Facials?
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.
What are Benefits to a PRP Facial?
Our clients have noticed many benefits from this treatment. Not only does it help the body create new elastin and collagen but it can virtually do away with wrinkles, acne scars, lines, stretch marks and other types of scars. Plus, a PRP facial can deliver pronounced effects with better skin texture and tone.
PRP facial experts at Momma's use the Rejuvapen micro-needling device. It enables our team members to perform the entire procedure with minimal pain and in a short period of time. The Rejuvapen essentially “stamps” the skin with very tiny needles. This unique treatment causes the body’s natural processes to go into effect. Skin begins to produce more collagen and elastin in response to the needling.
Simultaneously, the body also responds to the platelet-rich plasma and works with it to create additional collagen and elastin.
What are Some Myths and Facts About PRP Facials?
Myth: PRP facials hurt.
Fact: There’s slight discomfort for a few minutes during and after the procedure, but noting significant.
Myth: PRP facials are exorbitantly expensive.
Fact: Depending how many treatments you desire, a single facial is surprisingly affordable.
Myth: PRP facials are a form of surgery.
Fact: They’re not surgery at all. This is one of the key advantages of PRP treatments.
Myth: There is a risk of infection.
Fact: Because the PRP facial uses your own blood plasma and platelets, there’s no risk of getting infected.
Myth: PRP facials offer instant results and are better than face-lift surgery.
Fact: Precisely because the PRP facial is not surgery, it takes a while for results to appear. The big plus in this case is that non-surgical procedures cost much less than surgeries, so a PRP facial delivers excellent results without the high cost, or risks, of surgery. For people who have extremely damaged or aged skin, however, a face-lift might be a better option. Our providers will help you decide the optimal approach for your particular situation.