Why Everyone’s Talking About PRP Facials
When collagen in your skin breaks down, the signs of aging begin to show—so maintaining and regenerating collagen has become the anti-aging ‘holy grail.’
And that’s why a natural approach called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is becoming so sought-after among those wanting to reclaim firmer, healthier, younger-looking skin.
PRP is a non-surgical ‘stem cell–like’ treatment that uses your own cells to regenerate your skin tissues safely and naturally. It introduces growth factors deep in the skin, renewing collagen, repairing damaged cells, improving tone and texture, and restoring lost facial volume. And because it uses your body’s own platelet-rich plasma, there’s no risk of allergy to or rejection of the treatment.
In fact, PRP is effective for all kinds of therapies, from encouraging hair growth to eradicating joint pain—and orthopedic surgeons have long used PRP to help elite athletes recover more quickly after injury. But let’s focus here on some questions people are asking about PRP as a facial treatment to reclaim youthful skin at any age.
What happens when I have a PRP facial?
It’s so simple—the entire procedure can take just 45 minutes. First, your medical team makes you comfortable, and your expert practitioner applies a skin-numbing cream to the areas to be treated.
Next, a healthcare professional draws a small amount of your blood—about four vials—and runs it through a dual-spin centrifuge process, which separates the platelet-rich plasma (the clear fluid) from the haemoglobin (the red part).
Platelet-rich plasma contains high concentrations of regenerative cells and healing growth factors—all the good stuff.
Before the treatment begins, your practitioner makes sure your skin is thoroughly clean and fully numb. And then your powerful plasma is carefully reintroduced back into the area you want to treat. Using super-fine needles, it’s injected under your dermis, where it goes to work right away.
When you have PRP injections alongside microneedling therapy, the two complement each other perfectly. The micro-injuries from the microneedling stimulate deep collagen production, while the PRP penetrates deep into the skin to promote collagen production, minimize inflammation and accelerate healing.
Does PRP really work?
Most patients love the results—and scientific studies have also proven that PRP treatment improves skin firmness and elasticity (because it boosts collagen and elastin production).
Collagen production takes a little while, so the full effects typically appear within a few weeks to months. You’ll likely see smoother skin texture and tone, smaller pores, fewer wrinkles and fine lines, and reduced appearance of any hyperpigmentation, scarring or stretch marks. Overall, your skin looks brighter and brand new!
How many injections will I need?
You should be prepared for lots of tiny injections—maybe up to 80 or so in one session, depending on the area you’re having treated. (Most patients get great results from 3 or more treatment sessions.) But don’t worry, your skin will be numbed, and the needles used are incredibly fine.
What will my skin look like right afterward?
After the treatment, your skin will be quite red and may feel a little tight, perhaps with slightly raised bumps over the injected areas. But this redness will be much reduced after 24 hours, and completely gone after one to three days.
Is PRP therapy safe?
Studies have shown that PRP therapy is safe, efficient, and virtually pain-free. Your medical team will always make sure your blood is handled safely and kept sterile, to cut any risk of infection.
Who can have PRP rejuvenation?
Almost everyone is a good candidate for PRP therapy—whether you’re just getting started in aesthetics, looking for a ‘maintenance’ treatment, or need a boost before a big event when you want to look your best.
PRP isn’t recommended for anyone with a condition affecting their platelets—such as hepatitis C, HIV or AIDS, or any type of blood cancer—or anyone using a blood thinner.
How much does it cost?
PRP therapy is a less expensive investment than more invasive facial surgeries. In the US, the cost of each treatment session can range from $250 to $1,500.
Is PRP better than botox?
Botox treatments block nerve signals to your facial muscles, reducing the appearance of wrinkles by inhibiting activity in those muscles. Results typically wear off after about 6 months.
PRP therapy, on the other hand, stimulates your body’s natural collagen production so it continues to work to rejuvenate your skin long after your first session. Results last at least 18 months, most people report.
If you opt for PRP therapy as part of your skin-rejuvenation regime, it’s essential to choose a clinic with proven experience and results, and of course highly skilled practitioners. Call us at Genesis for a free, no-obligation consult with our anti-aging skin specialists, and find out how a more youthful, healthier complexion could be yours within weeks.