Want to give Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) a try but want to find out more? Continue reading to discover everything you need to know about PRP with our five fast facts!
Kim Kardashian started the trend
Vampire facials have been around for a long time. However, they skyrocketed to worldwide fame with when they were featured on the 2013 season of “Kourtney & Kim Take Miami”. Kim posted a photo of her face covered with blood to promote the vampire treatment that she would receive on that night’s episode of the popular series. This launched PRP into mainstream media, with outlets talking about Kim’s shocking Instagram photo all around the world. Ever since that moment, “vampire facials” have become famous worldwide. Now, more clinics are offering this state-of-the-art treatment than ever before!
It’s ok, you’re not going to drink blood!
There’s a lot of misconceptions surround PRP. Most importantly, you won’t be drinking blood! The nickname “vampire facial” comes from the small amount of blood that can be left on your face following the treatment. But how does it work? Essentially, blood is taken from the client. Usually, it’s from their aim. Then, the blood is placed into a centrifuge. A centrifuge is a machine that spins the vial of blood around, causing the plasma to separate from the red blood cell platelets. This final product is called platelet-rich plasma and is where the treatment draws its name. Following this process, the licensed professional will either be inserted back into the skin or applied topically, on the surface layer of the skin. Just keep in mind as we already mentioned, it’s better to fork out the dough to go to a reputable med spa like Flawless Laser Center.
PRP boosts overall skin health.
PRP is rich with protein and a slew of nutrients that promote collagen production. They also stimulate cell growth, which leads to more healthy, clear, and young-looking skin. If it’s injected, the licensed professional will use micro-needling techniques. This may sound intense, but don’t worry, micro-needling just small needles that press into the skin. The small holes help absorb the nutrients into the deep layers of skin. Micro-needling can be a little uncomfortable, yet the needles are so tiny that it feels just like a small pinprick. PRP can help reduce wrinkles, improve acne scars, evens skin tone, minimizes pore sizes, and boost overall skin health.
A vampire facial is NOT dangerous.
Overall, PRP isn’t a harmful treatment. Trust us, Dracula isn’t going to fly out at you in the clinic! However, you need to ensure that you have a PRP session at a reputable and trustworthy clinic or med spa. There have been a few cases of clients getting sick from unhygienic PRP sessions. This won’t be a problem if you do your research and book an appointment with a professional med spa. These “vampire facials” have become popular almost over-night. This means it’s difficult for the regulation boards to keep up with the number of places offering cutting-edge therapy! At the end of the day, don’t just drop into any beauty salon offering PRP! The treatment re-introduces blood into skin cells. This means there’s a risk that the treatment could spread HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. But don’t let this scare you away! A vampire facial is a great way to regenerate and promote skin health, just do it safely and with a professional you trust.
What happens after the treatment?
Following the treatment, the skin only takes 2-days to repair itself and start showing the beautiful side-effects. This means that you can squeeze a session in during the weekend! After PRP the skin will be red, almost like your sunburnt. There shouldn’t be any pain or discomfort. Some patients may experience some slight bruising if the PRP is injected near the mouth and eyes. Also, while the new skin comes through there may be mild crusting or peeling. However, this is quite rare and nothing to be concerned about. The next day, the skin will only be a light pink color and it won’t be as smooth as normal. Within a couple of weeks, the skin will glow with replenished collagen levels and look plump and bright. The skin will also be more elastic and smooth. To learn more about PRP facial, contact Flawless Laser Center today for a consultation!