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Originally made popular by reality star Kim Kardashian, thanks to her term “vampire facial,” a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) facial reduces the lines and wrinkles on your face without the costs and risks of invasive surgery. This is achieved using human growth factors withdrawn from your own blood, which explains its Dracula-like nickname! These factors augment your body’s ability to heal itself, encouraging growth and recovery.
How Does a PRP Facial Work?
A PRP facial is designed to naturally combat the effects of aging on your face using your own blood. The procedure stimulates your skin cells, promoting a healthier and more youthful look.
Your blood is rich in plasma, and inside that plasma are tiny platelets. Platelets are small cells that help stop bleeding in cuts by working together to form clots. Because of their natural ability to cause regrowth, a PRP facial uses these platelets to rapidly replenish and heal your skin cells.
PRP facials are still relatively new, though the benefits of PRP have been utilized for much longer by orthopedic doctors. In the past, PRP has been injected into injured joints to promote healing, making PRP a tried and true method for achieving excellent results.
What Benefits Can a PRP Facial Have?
A PRP facial rejuvenates and replenishes your skin cells, leading to a variety of health and cosmetic benefits. These may include:
- Eliminating lines and wrinkles on the face, including the forehead, chin, and under eyes
- Improving the growth rate of collagen (a major part of connective tissue that gives your skin structure) in your muscles and bones
- Brightening skin tone by exfoliating and healing damage to your pores
- Combating aging with antioxidants while also keeping your skin hydrated
Who Should Have a PRP Facial?
Anyone looking to improve the health and overall appearance of their skin may be a good candidate for a PRP facial. Those who suffer from premature aging, have an overabundance of wrinkles, or have had their skin damaged through exposure to the sun should also consider having a PRP facial performed.
Because PRP facials use your own blood to perform the treatment, you should speak with a specialist if you have a history of blood diseases, as these could cause problems with excess bleeding or difficulty clotting. These disorders do not automatically disqualify you from PRP facials, however, as multiple treatments could be combined to give you the optimal results you’re looking for.
What Are the Risks of PRP Facials?
Treatment through PRP is relatively low-risk and a great alternative to more invasive treatments. Some side effects after the facial may include bruising around the injection or treatment area, minor discomfort, or excessive bleeding. None of these symptoms are all too serious, making PRP facials a great alternative for those looking to improve the quality of their skin.
Ready to Get Started?
If you are ready for a contemporary, cooperative approach to your overall health and wellness, contact CORE Medical & Wellness today at 888-521-0688 to learn more or schedule your appointment!
Kristin Freda is our medical aesthetician at CORE Medical & Wellness. Kristin has been in the skincare industry for 13+ years, and has worked at some of the most prestigious day spas and medical spas in New Jersey. Read her full bio here.