Why I'm a sucker for PRP (aka The Vampire Facial)!
By Heather Despard | April 2, 2016
Hi all! So you know that I am fairly new to the aesthetic world. In March I had the honor of experiencing a PRP treatment, or facial rejuvenation using Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP). You may have heard of this on TV as a Vampire Face Lift. I have to be honest — I was a non-believer — BUT not anymore! I love my results! My skin is firmer, and the overall texture is better. Awesome news is that I will continue to see results over the next six to eight months with follow-up, maintenance and proper skin care! I’m so excited to see how my skin looks!
So... I thought I would do some research and tell you what PRP is all about! Here is a condensed version of what I have learned (trust me, you want no part of reading medical journal jargon with graphs and charts. If you do, let me know and I will hook you up!)
PRP is a new regenerative technology widely used in the cosmetic world. Our body naturally utilizes platelets to heal itself — they stop bleeding, repair damaged blood vessels and cells. In turn, PRP utilizes these properties. High concentration of PRP and the growth factor within it helps restore youthful skin, reduce acne scarring and smooth out fine lines, wrinkles and even thicken and regrow hair! What is so awesome about PRP is that your own blood is used. This eliminates the risk of allergic reactions or infections.
This procedure is not a face-lift. It does not create the same effect as a face-lift. This procedure helps enhance and restore volume. Improvement of skin texture and tone can be seen within three weeks and the improvement will continue for the next six to eight months as more collagen and keratin regenerates under the skin. The whole process takes between 60 to 90 minutes, depending on the individual. For best results, three treatments spaced four to six weeks apart are recommended. If you do Botox or fillers, you must wait two weeks after treatment to get the PRP treatment.
A typical appointment would consist of coming into the office, having numbing cream placed on your face. During this time the blood is taken from your arm and processed. PRP can be injected via a syringe just as you would have dermal filler and also it is applied to the skin using a micro-needling technique. Recovery time? Really there is not much for down time. Your face may be a little red, may feel tight or tingling from the plasma. These are signs that the body is already starting to rebuild collagen! This should only last a day or two. Minor bruising may occur if you are injecting the plasma. Normal activity may be resumed after the treatment (avoid working out, don’t want to sweat that replanted plasma out! Free day!) As always, your face should be protected from the sun. I personally did not wash my face until the next morning, I wanted all the PRP to soak in and help heal, regenerate and fight wrinkles! It was not easy, I felt crusty, but if I can do it, you can do it!
People that absolutely should not do this procedure are persons with skin disease such as lupus, cancer, and chemotherapy patients, severe metabolic and systemic disorders, abnormal platelet function or any underlying sepsis.
We all know that we are unique beings, so some persons will have totally different results than another. Some effects may be short lived while others may last for a few years. As with everything, if you want something to last, maintenance is the vital key! While this is an amazing technology, please know that PRP injections do have their limits. They cannot make a 90-year-old look 25 again!
Dawn and I both have had this treatment! We both have marked our calendar to have it done a second time! We are so excited to announce that we are now offering PRP to our awesome clients! Please call Heather at 303-929-4875 or Dawn at 720-217-4911 with any further questions!
Can’t wait to hear from you!
Above is a picture with my PRP right after, in the car home and 2 week later!