What Is a PRP Facial? How Does it Work?
For hundreds of years, humanity has been preoccupied with the search for the fountain of youth.
We all love a youthful appearance that shows our natural glow from within, but what if that fountain is already flowing within our bodies?
Say hello to PRP facials.
This advanced skincare treatment harnesses your body’s natural resources and power to rejuvenate itself. Users enjoy youthful, fuller, and glowing faces.
If you would like to know more about PRP facials, how they work, and general guidelines for this treatment, read on.
What is a PRP Facial?
A PRP (platelet-rich plasma) facial therapy relies on your own blood to repair and regenerate your skin.
The process starts with a clinician drawing a sample of your blood and isolating the platelets and plasma for use. They then use a micro-needling device to inject the protein-rich plasma into different parts of your face including your forehead and cheeks.
The injections spur production of collagen and new skin cells full of human growth elements. With this, the skin heals and renews itself, resulting in younger and firmer skin.
In the following weeks and months, you’ll notice a glow, tightening of the skin, and an overall healthier look.
Is the process painful?
A topical cream is applied prior to the treatment to numb the skin. Afterward, your face may experience some tingling, redness, and slight bruising that may last between one to four days.
Is a PRP facial Similar To a Dermal Filler?
A dermal filler is a gel-like substance containing elements that mimic our skin’s natural chemicals. It targets specific lines and wrinkles and fills them out.
In contrast, a PRP facial uses our own body’s cells. It prompts production of collagen, new skin cells to soften skin texture, brighten its tone and generate a youthful look.
Benefits of a PRP Facial
Potential benefits of a PRP facial include:
- Increased collagen production & enhancing skin quality
- Production of collagen and new skin cells promote skin tightening, reducing wrinkles and fine lines
- Collagen plumps up your skin preventing your face from sagging
- Improves moisture retention
- Helps improve the texture and tone of skin damaged by scars, stretch marks, and hyperpigmentation
- The treatment itself takes 30-60 minutes to complete
Who Can Get a PRP Facial?
Most people are good candidates for PRP therapy since it uses your own cells.
The procedure may treat:
- Acne scars
- Uneven skin tone
- Sun damage
- Fine lines
- Crepey skin under your eyes
- Dark under-eye circles
- Dull skin tone
- Coarse skin
- Crow’s feet
- Sagging skin
Those who want a more natural solution compared to a facelift or feel like their skin is not looking as healthy as it can, can also make an appointment for PRP therapy.
Who should avoid PRP facials?
People suffering from anemia, cancer of the blood, and other blood-related disorders should steer clear of this treatment. Similarly, anyone using blood-thinners regularly should avoid this facial.
PRP Therapy Guidelines for Pre & Post Therapy Treatment.
Preparation and care are critical to ensure the effectiveness of the therapy and minimize side effects.
Preparing for PRP Therapy Treatment
24 hours before treatment avoid extended exposure to the sun, keep your skin clean and avoid using makeup or other products.
Don’t use Retin-A products 12 hours before the treatment.
If you undergo auto-immune therapy, it’s absolutely critical that you speak with your physician first and let them guide you on the best course of action.
If there is an unfortunate instance when active acne breaks out right before your facial appointment, please consult your clinician who will evaluate the situation and advise if it’s safe to proceed.
Immediately After PRP Treatment
- Avoid exposing yourself to the sun and keep it that way for at least 3 days after treatment.
- Avoid touching your face if possible following treatment.
- Wait for a minimum of 24 hours after treatment to apply sunscreen.
- Don’t apply any makeup within the first 3 days after treatment.
- The morning after your treatment, use lukewarm water to gently wash your face. It will help remove residual serum or dried blood.
- For the next one to three days, your skin may feel tight and dry but the feeling should ease by the end of the third day. You can then resume your skincare regimen.
Post Treatment Care
- Avoid using toners that contain alcohol in the first 3 days following treatment.
- Don’t exfoliate or aggressively massage your face in the first 72 hours of treatment.
- Avoid any anti-inflammatories for 3 days following the procedure; they will inhibit some of the benefits of the treatment. Use Tylenol if you need pain relief.
PRP Facials at Livv Natural
Are you considering a PRP facial?
At Livv Natural, we believe in using natural methods, such as this one, to provide real results for our patients.
Our team of medical professionals will take you through the process and carry out the treatment in a comfortable and relaxing manner.
Call us today to schedule your PRP Facial 619.840.6700