What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma and is a component of your own blood. It contains growth factors and molecules that stimulate collagen regeneration. PRP is obtained by drawing blood and then processing it in a centrifuge to separate these vital growth factors. Because the PRP is “spun out” from the blood, the concentration of the growth factors is much higher than what is found in regular blood. Then, the PRP can be utilized in either an injection (PRP Facelift) or as part of a micro needling procedure (PRP Facial).
The Platelet Rich Plasma facelift, also known as the ‘Vampire Facelift’ (as coined by the Kardashian’s), is a non-surgical procedure where a doctor injects PRP into specific areas of the face in order to treat wrinkles and acne scars. PRP injections stimulate collagen production and give the patient a younger rejuvenated appearance.
The PRP facial is a procedure that involves the use of Rejuvapen, a fractioning micro needling device. The pen consists of tiny needles that pulse up & down as the practitioner glides it over the patient’s face. Essentially it punctures the skin and pushes the PRP (or other regenerative serums) into the dermal layer to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
The Science Behind Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet rich plasma promotes local tissue growth and repair of damaged tissue by releasing growth factors, which interact with the cells and stimulate cell reproduction. PRP also helps initiate new vascular supply in the tissue, which adds healthy color and evened skin tone. PRP will increase the number of stem cells in the area and the production of collagen. These benefits together make the skin appear smoother and firmer giving the patient a more youthful look.
Blood is collected. About 2-4 vials of blood are drawn on the day of the procedure. A centrifuge is then used to separate plasma and platelets from the red blood cells. PRP is extracted and mix with a vitamin rich serum to activate the cells. A topical numbing cream is applied to the patient’s face to reduce any discomfort from needling or injections.
The platelet rich plasma is then spread onto the face and the Rejuvapen is then used to push the PRP into the skin and glides freely and easily over the tissue. PRP is applied with either the Rejuvapen and/ or injection. The Rejuvapen pushes the PRP into the dermal layer. The remaining PRP can be injected into specific areas of the face that need the most improvement such as to increase volume, decrease lines, and improve acne scarring.
Downtime: Typically microneedling with PRP will cause some redness and swelling for approximately 24 hours after the procedure. The following day you are able to cover any remaining redness or bruising with light makeup.