What can I expect from a PRP facial treatment in Boston?
A Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) facial, also commonly known as a vampire facial, uses substances found within your own blood to renew and rejuvenate your facial skin cells.
During a PRP facial, your doctor will take a vial of blood from your arm, in exactly the same way as if you were having a blood test. Your blood contains a mix of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma. Plasma, which is rich in platelets (hence the name PRP!), growth factors and stem cells is extracted from your blood sample using a centrifuge. Finally, this PRP solution may either be applied topically to your facial skin following a microneedling session or injected directly into the area to be treated using very fine needles.
Microneedling uses sterile needles to create very small, superficial punctures in your facial skin. By creating these micro injuries, microneedling stimulates your body to produce more collagen and elastin. As it also stimulates elastin and collagen production, PRP therapy is more effective when combined with microneedling treatment.
PRP facials are generally very well tolerated by most patients and require minimal downtime. Patients do not normally experience any pain or discomfort during their treatment, and if they do it is usually only mild. Your doctor may offer to apply a numbing cream to your facial skin prior to your treatment to further minimise your discomfort. PRP facials are considered to be suitable for all skin types and for both men and women over the age of 18 years.
What are the benefits of a PRP facial?
Have you been reading a lot about “vampire facials” and are wondering what all the fuss is about this Dracula-inspired skin treatment? Well, a PRP facial offers many benefits, including:
- A low risk of allergic reaction or cross contamination.
As PRP is a natural substance, taken from your own blood, the procedure introduces no harmful or synthetic substances into your body. This means that your body will not develop a resistance to, or reject the PRP treatment.
- There is a very low risk of complications and the procedure is considered to be extremely safe
- It can dramatically improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as facial scarring
- It also has a significant anti-aging effect
This is because it increases collagen and elastin production, which helps to tighten, firm up and smooth skin.
- It can be used on hard-to-treat areas, such as the delicate area of skin underneath the eyes
The area under the eyes is often one of the first places where you notice signs of aging, however, given how delicate this area is, it is notoriously hard to treat.
- It can also increase facial blood flow, improving the tone and texture of your complexion
How many PRP sessions are needed for the face?
It will be a few weeks until you see visible results from your PRP facial. This is because it takes time for your body to ramp up its healing processes and produce more collagen and elastin. Optimal results will be achieved about a month after treatment.
Unless you have a more complex issue, such as severe scarring or sun damage, you should see visible results after a single PRP facial. If you have not obtained the results that you were hoping for, your PRP facial can be repeated after 3 months.
The results of your PRP facial should last for around 18 months. Experts recommend a maintenance treatment session at this point to ensure you hold onto your rejuvenated glow!
How long does it take to recover from a PRP facial?
The downtime following a PRP facial is minimal, allowing you to easily fit it into your busy daily schedule. You may experience some redness, swelling or bruising for a few days after treatment, but these effects should be mild and clear up quickly as your skin heals. Most patients have fully healed after about 7 days.
Your doctor will provide you with some aftercare guidance following your PRP facial. It is important to follow their advice so that you get the most out of your treatment. This advice will usually include limiting sun exposure, avoiding the use of makeup for a few days while your skin heals and using a gentle cleanser and moisturizer. Using a good quality moisturizer will help to keep your skin hydrated as it heals. When your skin is exposed to the sun, use a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30.
Does a PRP facial really work?
Can a PRP facial really help to dramatically improve your complexion? Well, during a vampire facial, PRP is either directly injected into the skin or absorbed through tiny microneedling punctures. This means that all of the active proteins which contribute to skin rejuvenation and renewal remain intact and can work to stimulate hair growth and the generation of new blood vessels as well as increase cell turnover and collagen and elastin production.
The majority of online reviews for PRP facials are very positive, with patients shocked at their dramatic results. If you are looking for a natural way of achieving a more youthful and glowing complexion, then a PRP facial may be just what you are looking for!
Is a PRP facial better than Botox?
It is not really appropriate to compare PRP facials with Botox injections as both of these treatments focus on different issues. Botox is used to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles by limiting the movement of facial muscles. A PRP facial, on the other hand, stimulates your body’s natural healing responses and new cell generation using substances present in your own blood.
You will find it very beneficial to discuss your goals carefully with your doctor at an initial consultation appointment. He or she will be able to advise you on the most suitable cosmetic treatment for your needs.
Book an initial consultation today for a PRP facial in Boston
Evolution MedSpa, based in Boston, offers PRP facials performed by one of our highly skilled, Harvard trained doctors. Give the office a call today to arrange your initial consultation, or alternatively you can book online. Don’t delay, discover the anti-aging and skin rejuvenating benefits of a PRP facial!