Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is the part of the blood that is rich in growth and healing factors. It repairs damaged joints, tendons, and muscles, while also rejuvenating skin!
This may bring up images of celebrity faces smeared with blood on social media. A PRP facial may appear scary, but it’s actually an amazing treatment with visible results. It begins with a blood sample, which is placed in a centrifuge and spun down so that PRP can be extracted. PRP is then applied to the face through microneedling and injection. Both the PRP and microneedling stimulate collagen production and are more effective when done together.
This medical procedure should be performed by a licensed professional. It’s safe because it uses your own recycled blood, and it works for all skin types.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, all 14 studies that have evaluated the use of PRP for facial rejuvenation have positive aesthetic outcomes. Reported benefits of PRP include improvements in the volume, texture, and tone of facial skin and decreased the appearance of wrinkles. Improvements in acne scarring and hair regrowth in areas of hair loss have been observed. PRP is also beneficial for under the eyes because it generates volume, collagen, and elastin, which strengthen and thicken the tissue in this area.
How long do the benefits of PRP last?
On average, the collagen produced in your body lasts about two years before it begins to dissipate. Therefore, the benefits of PRP last for approximately two years. Most will want a touchup treatment in one year.
Does a PRP facial hurt?
There is minimal discomfort during the treatment. A topical numbing cream is applied prior to the start of the facial.
How many PRP facials does one need to see the full benefit?
Three consecutive treatments spaced approximately four weeks apart are recommended for optimal results.
What is the downtime after a PRP facial?
There will be visible redness on the first day. On day two, a mineral powder can be applied to cover any existing redness.
Orthopedic surgeons have already been using PRP for years to heal injured joints with excellent results. Those using PRP for aesthetic procedures are also enjoying beautiful results with little to no risk and very little downtime. Because collagen is the latticework for the face, the twofold stimulation of collagen through PRP and microneedling has the potential to restructure the skin and reverse the signs of aging.
Shannon Anzivino is a Nurse Practitioner with Glo Medical Aesthetics. Call 901.552.3461 to schedule an appointment or visit Glomedmemphis.com.