What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) – sometimes called the ‘Vampire Facial’ (when used for skin quality and texture) or the ‘Vampire Facelift’ (when used to fill lines or lift sagging skin) is a therapy that uses your own cells to heal and regenerate your skin. Remember when Kim Kardashian had her famous Vampire Facial live on social media? Of course you do. Lets talk more about it.

To make PRP we draw a small amount of blood from your arm and spin it in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets into a small amount of plasma – hence the name platelet rich plasma, or PRP. Platelet-Rich Plasma is gaining in popularity for the same reasons athletes and celebrities chose it: because of its organic nature and because it works. Also – since PRP uses plasma and platelets from your own blood, side-effects are practically nonexistent.

Why do Platelets Rejuvenate Skin?

Platelets are the cells in the blood that help tissue heal and regenerate after an injury. Your platelets are packed with molecules called Growth Factors – and this is no accident. Think about what happens when you cut your skin: it bleeds, and platelets flood the wounded area to form a clot. And then what happens? New skin grows. Have you ever thought about how amazing that is? Have you ever wondered how that is possible? The answer is that the platelet’s job is to carry Growth Factors to the site of an injury in order to stimulate the local tissue and Stem Cells to regenerate wounded tissue. So what happens when you put concentrated platelets in aging skin? The Growth Factors do their job – and naturally “wakes up” the dermal cells, causing them to produce more collagen and elastin, which is what makes the skin more youthful. PRP is the healthiest, most natural way to improve the appearance of wrinkles, scars and other effects of aging.

Every natural process in your body happens gradually over time, and skin regeneration is no exception. When PRP is delivered under the surface of the skin, the regenerative effects lasts about 2-3 months, leading to naturally stronger and healthier skin – decreasing wrinkles and improving skin texture and tone. You will start to see the differences in about 3-4 weeks, and will continue to see improvement for another few months after that.

How does PRP therapy differs from other injections or fillers?

Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm , are composed of solid material that fills lines and skin folds. These fillers soften deeper lines such as the folds around the mouth area, or plump lips. You will see the results right away, and they usually last from 6-18 months.

PRP stimulates your own collagen to grow for total facial rejuvenation. PRP  is not very good at lifting specific lines, but is very good for softening hollows (such as under the eyes, or in the cheeks or temples), improving the skin tone, tightness, and texture. You will see results gradually over a few months,

Juvederm can be used with PRP, as the two types of treatments are meant for different purposes; they supplement each other to give the best final outcome of a more youthful looking face. Juvederm shines when lifting specific lines and folds; PRP is best used to improve overall quality, tightness, and texture of the skin and softening hollowed-out areas of the face.

How is PRP used?

PRP can be used in two ways. It can be applied to open skin after a laser treatment or microneedling or it can be injected under the surface of the skin. When PRP is applied to the surface of the skin it works to improve the tone, quality and texture of the skin. When it is injected under the surface it acts to soften and lift hollowed-out areas of the face.
Results begin to show 3-4 weeks after the treatment session and continue to improve with time. Three treatment sessions are generally recommended, spaced 1-2 months apart, to achieve the best outcome.

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FAQ

It depends a little on what type of treatment you are having.

All PRP treatments will require a blood draw – the same procedure used when your doctor draws blood for testing. The amount of blood we use depends on how many areas we are treating – but a good rule of thumb is that we will need about 10ml (2 teaspoons) per area.

If you are getting a skin rejuvenation treatment – similar to the Vampire Facial – you will receive a microneedling treatment, after which the PRP will be applied to the surface of your skin, like a masque. This is painless, and take about 1-2 minutes.

If you are getting PRP injected in order to fill hollowed out areas of your face, or to improve the appearance of lines and creases – similar to the Vampire Facelift – the PRP will be injected in a manner that is very similar to the way we inject fillers such as Juvederm or Voluma. However, since PRP is a liquid we can inject it with a much smaller needle, which means less bruising and less pain than filler injections.

Patients often feel a sensation of mild heat or itching under the skin as the PRP is injected, and you can also experience small muscles near the injection twitching as the PRP activates the nearby tissues. This will resolve in about 10-15 minutes.

Generally speaking PRP is almost painless, but the different types of treatments feel very different. If you are getting a skin rejuvenation treatment – similar to the Vampire Facial – then numbing cream will be applied to the face for about 20 minutes before the microneedling phase of the treatment. Most people do not feel any discomfort during the procedure. The application of the PRP after the microneedling is totally painless.

If you are getting PRP injected in order to fill hollowed out areas of your face, or to improve the appearance of lines and creases – similar to the Vampire Facelift – the PRP will be injected in a manner that is very similar to the way we inject fillers such as Juvederm or Voluma. However, since PRP is a liquid we can inject it with a much smaller needle, which means less bruising and less pain than filler injections. Generally speaking, patients compare the feeling to that of Botox injections.

Patients often feel a sensation of mild heat or itching under the skin as the PRP is injected, and you can also experience small muscles near the injection twitching as the PRP activates the nearby tissues. This will resolve in about 10-15 minutes.

If you are getting a skin rejuvenation treatment – similar to the Vampire Facial – the whole treatment will take about 45 minutes. There will be 20 minutes of numbing, followed by 15 minutes for the microneedling to be performed. The PRP is then applied to your skin like a Masque. This takes a few minutes.

If you are getting PRP injected in order to fill hollowed out areas of your face, or to improve the appearance of lines and creases – similar to the Vampire Facelift – the treatment will take about 30-45 minutes. The first 20 minutes will be numbing and time for the PRP to be prepared for injection. The Injections themselves take about 10-15 minutes.

If you are getting a skin rejuvenation treatment – similar to the Vampire Facial – you will experience mild redness the day of the procedure. The normal healing time after Microneedling is 2-3 days. When patients have PRP applied after their microneedling, their skin is usually fully healed in 24 hours, due to the ability of the growth factors in PRP to speed up the healing process.

If you are getting PRP injected in order to fill hollowed out areas of your face, or to improve the appearance of lines and creases – similar to the Vampire Facelift – you will have mild swelling for about 2-3 days. You may have small bruises at the injection sites, similar to the bruising you can get with Botox, but these are generally mild, and resolve quickly.

Since PRP is created from your very own bloodstream, there have been no recorded complications from its application aside from mild bruising and swelling in the few days after the injections.

Since PRP stimulated your body too produce its own natural collagen, the results are gradual. You will start to see them about one month after your treatment, with full results at three months. We generally recommend 2-3 treatments spaced about 4-6 weeks apart for you to see the full effects. For very deep lines or scars you will usually need 4-6 treatments in total.

Whether you are using PRP for skin regeneration or to fill hollowed-out areas of the face, we generally recommend 2-3 treatments spaced about 4-6 weeks apart for you to see the full effects. For very deep lines or scars you may need 4-6 treatments in total. After you have achieved the full effect, you can maintain your results with 1-2 treatments a year.

Once you have gotten the full benefit from a series of PRP injections, the results last 1 year to 18 months. 1-2 treatments a year will be able to maintain your results essentially indefinitely. If you do not get a full series of PRP injections, your results will not last as long.

Yes. Since PRP comes from your own body, it can safely used on any skin type.

PRP has a 30-year history of being used in orthopedic surgery, dentistry, and rehabilitative medicine. It has been used in plastic surgery and dermatology for about 10 years. Scientific studies dating back 30 years have documented that PRP stimulated the growth of new tissue when applied to wounded or injured areas of the body. Studies over the last 15 years have shown that PRP grows new collagen when injected into the skin, and more recent studies show that PRP can soften sun damage and other aging skin issues.