If you follow social media, you’ve likely heard about vampire facials. If so, you’ve probably heard a lot of hype, myths and misinformation along with the facts. Not sure what to believe? Let’s separate the facts from the fiction.
Let’s begin with the proper name for this procedure: a platelet-rich plasma facial or PRP facial for short. Platelet-rich plasma is used in a number of procedures because platelets are infused with your own natural growth factors, which regenerate the body’s tissues. That’s why we offer PRP facials at Glo Skin Spa. Who wouldn’t want to rejuvenate their appearance?
How it works
Your own blood is used to create the platelet-rich plasma for your PRP facial. A small amount of your blood will be drawn in the usual way, by a trained professional. No one will bite you on the neck!
Your blood is then placed in a centrifuge unit and spun to separate the red blood cells from the plasma and to isolate the platelets along with their growth factors. This platelet-rich plasma can be utilized in a few ways. Our certified professionals will spread PRP and then micro-needle it into the face. Microneedling is done by using a small instrument that looks like a pen, with twelve 32-gauge sterile needles. The feeling is little more than receiving a series of pinpricks. Another way PRP can promote collagen is to be injected directly into specific areas in the skin for firmness and fullness.
What it does
Platelet-rich plasma activates collagen production and increases blood flow, which results in firmer, glowing skin. When injected into specific areas of the face, platelet-rich plasma reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and results in a vibrant, youthful appearance.
Who can have a PRP?
If you hope to reduce volume loss, fine lines, and textural changes in your skin, you’re a good candidate for this procedure. If you’re looking for a natural approach to adding volume to your face, you’ll find a this facial appealing. Anyone wanting to treat or reduce fine lines would benefit from this procedure, regardless of age.
How safe is a PRP?
Very few contraindications are associated with PRP facials. Because your own blood is used to prepare the platelet-rich plasma, the risk of disease transmission, allergic reactions, toxicity or rejection is precluded.
Who should avoid a PRP?
Because your blood will be drawn for this procedure, we recommend that you not undergo a PRP facial if any of these conditions describe you:
- You take Warfarin.
- You have a hematological disorder or concurrent infections.
- You are being treated with Accutane.
- You have immunosuppression.
- You are undergoing chemotherapy.
- You suffer from a poorly managed chronic medical condition.
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
At Glo Skin Spa, when it comes to your health and safety, we prefer to err on the side of caution. Although PRP facials offer fabulous benefits, there are other facials and products available for those of you who are currently living with any of these conditions.
Does it hurt?
If you’ve seen photos, you might be misled about just how painful a PRP for your face is. Yes, in the early days of this procedure, your face could look downright ghoulish! But PRP procedures have evolved. Most clients report that on a scale of one (little pain) to ten, a PRP facial rates a one. You won’t look so pretty at first, but the procedure is easily tolerated in regard to pain.
And frankly, you needn’t worry about looking like a vampire after your procedure. Those images of bloody-looking faces are also from the early days of PRP. What can you expect in terms of your appearance for the first two or three days? Expect puffiness along with redness that resembles sunburn. You absolutely won’t look like a bloody mess.
So no, you don’t have to suffer to be beautiful. Three days of downtime is followed by “wow!”
During your downtime, it’s best to avoid anything that could irritate your skin. If you go out in the sun, do protect your vulnerable skin with sunscreen. It’s also best to avoid makeup for the first 24 hours following PRP facial. A complementary after-care kit will be sent home with each new PRP client following their first procedure, along with after-care instructions.
Cheating the aging process
No, a vampire facial won’t make you immortal, but it will help you look younger. With Valentine’s Day coming up, we want you to look your radiant best. That’s why our PRP facial is on sale during February. Now is the time to schedule your appointment!
So is a PRP facial cheating? No worries! We’ll keep your secret and let your friends keep guessing why you look so vibrant!