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What is PRP?

PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma, this popular treatment is commonly known as “The Vampire Facial”.

Many of you have probably heard of, or about this amazing procedure, but how many of you know how it works and what it is used for? Well, here is a little insight to what you can expect and what the treatment is really all about!

PRP or the Vampire Facial is a procedure that actually started as a way to speed up healing for sports injuries, this has now become one of the most popular treatments to rejuvenate and repair the skin. Kim Kardashian popularized PRP or Vampire Facials a couple of years ago, since then, it has been growing in popularity worldwide.The term “Vampire Facial” actually came known from Kim Kardashian when she openly shared her experience on social media, see the link for her Instagram post in March 2013 (click here) .

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The benefits of the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or Vampire Facial Facial treatment Injections include reducing the prominence of scars, wrinkles, sun damage, and dark circles, recent studies have shown that PRP is also an effective treatment for Melasma. For those of you who do not know what melasma is, this is a form of pigmentation that is generally linked to your hormones and sun exposure.

This is different from normal sun damage as you may have experienced it, when your summer tan is probably almost gone, but a glance in the mirror may still show some darkened patches on your skin that seem to be sticking around. These brown or grayish-brown blotches are typically on the forehead, chin, cheeks, upper lip, or nose.

Melasma is sometimes referred to as the mask of pregnancy, because it is sometimes triggered by an increase in hormones in pregnant women. But while the condition may be common among pregnant women, it isn’t limited to them.

 

How often would one have PRP?

PRP can be done as often as every 2 – 3 weeks until the desired result has been achieved, generally one would have the Vampire or PRP Facial done once a month, however it is important to follow a good maintenance plan. A good Maintenance plan should be kept to ensure that you are always keeping your skin active and encouraging your stimulation process. Just as one would maintain your muscle mass and body tone by bonding yourself to your exercise and health routine, our skin needs the same consistency as to reverse aging. 

Think about it like this, as we age our skin cells become sluggish and dye, our natural desquamation process does not functioning the way it used to when we were younger. When we keep the skin active, encourage cell production and speed up the desquamation rate, we encourage healing in the skin and reduce and repair those unwanted lines and wrinkles, scars, pigmentation as well as improve the texture and completion of the skin. 

The process begins by drawing a couple of vials of blood from the arm of the patient. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge at a specific temperature to safely and effectively separate the plasma rich platelets from the rest of the blood. The Platelets are then extracted, activated with special beads and spun again. A local anesthetic is applied to the face, neck and chest, and the platelets are shot into the face via mini injection holes, mostly done by a medical injection gun, such as the Dermapen Infuse Inject machine. Trust me, it’s not painful! 

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Commonly, PRP Injections are paired with microneedling for optimal results. Microneedling or also known as Dermapen is a tactic in which fine needles puncture the skin, stimulating cells to create more collagen, healthier and stronger cells and producing a youthful look.

While many people say they recovered from the Vampire Facial in just one day, this is client dependant as everyone’s skin heals differently and every person’s condition is also different. Downtime of this treatment is minimal and may entail possible bruising, redness, swelling, puffiness, flaking or mild peeling of the skin, nothing a little make-up the next day cannot cover. The redness and scratched looking appearance may last for 1-3 days. Once the redness resolves, the tightening and rejuvenation begins.

How often would one have PRP?

PRP can be done as often as every 2 – 3 weeks until the desired result has been achieved, generally one would have the Vampire or PRP Facial done once a month, however it is important to follow a good maintenance plan. A good Maintenance plan should be kept to ensure that you are always keeping your skin active and encouraging your stimulation process. Just as one would maintain your muscle mass and body tone by bonding yourself to your exercise and health routine, our skin needs the same consistency as to reverse aging. 

Think about it like this, as we age our skin cells become sluggish and dye, our natural desquamation process does not functioning the way it used to when we were younger. When we keep the skin active, encourage cell production and speed up the desquamation rate, we encourage healing in the skin and reduce and repair those unwanted lines and wrinkles, scars, pigmentation as well as improve the texture and completion of the skin. 

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Written By Skin & Laser Clinician Angie Chaplin

​For as long as Angie can remember she has always been passionate about the Skin Care and Aesthetic industry. While completing her International Degree, she worked at various clinics to build as much experience and additional knowledge as possible. Once Angie had completed her International Degree in Somatology in 2011, she specialized in Aesthetic and Laser treatments. She has been privileged to work closely with Doctors and Dermatologists throughout her career, and has had the blessing of providing training for other Aesthetic Somatologists as well as Medical Practitioners within the industry. Angie has also worked with a large variety of lasers and machines, and believes that a combination of different treatments and products are always the key to quickly achieve optimal results.