We are sure that you have seen this "Vampire Facial" on Instagram or The Kardashians. A PRP facial is a type of cosmetic treatment that involves injecting platelet-rich plasma (PRP) into the face. PRP is a component of blood that contains growth factors and other proteins that can promote healing. When injected into the skin, PRP can help to improve texture and tone, reduce wrinkles, and promote the growth of new collagen.
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How is this done?
To start this process, a medical professional will draw a small vial of blood from you, and it will be placed in a centrifuge that separates the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from the blood. This concentrates the platelet count to many times higher than usual, and the result is amazing. From there, it can be used to address skin complaints. Optimal results are seen about 3 months after treatment.
What does it do?
When the platelet-rich plasma is injected into the skin, it stimulates the body’s collagen production. As well as adding natural growth factors to further improve your body’s healing abilities.
Collagen is a protein that is like a latticework in your skin that provides structure in the different layers of your skin. Additionally, this protein makes up your nails and hair.
When the collagen begins breaking down in your skin, you get more lines and wrinkles. Typically, your collagen production will begin to slow down around the age of 25. After that, you’ll start seeing more fine lines and wrinkles appearing on your skin. For women, after they go through menopause, their natural collagen production slows down even more.
Avoid touching your face for at least 6 hours.
Avoid applying makeup on your face until the next day.
Take special care not to irritate your skin by touching it. If you do need to touch your face, make sure to wash your hands with soap and water.
Don’t rub the skin, especially when washing and drying your face.
Use pain relievers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen to reduce any discomfort after the treatment. Especially if you notice pain or swelling lasting longer than 24 hours.
You can apply cold compresses wrapped in a clean dry towel to help reduce swelling and discomfort as well.
Plan to sleep on your back with your face slightly elevated for at least two days after your treatment.
You should also avoid using any kind of exfoliating cleansers on your face for about three days or 72 hours.
You should still moisturize your skin as part of your treatment aftercare.