Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, therapy uses substances in your own body to stimulate smoother, more even-looking skin. Also known as a Vampire Facelift, because of the use of small amounts of your own blood, the therapy can minimize fine lines and scars. To learn more or schedule your first treatment, call our office, or book an appointment online with Lux Medical Spa in Irvine.
PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, therapy involves the injection of your own platelets and fibrin from your body. As a facial treatment, also called a Vampire Facelift, PRP therapy can help smooth lines and wrinkles in aging skin and minimize scars.
As a facial treatment, PRP therapy involves three steps. First, your treatment provider will inject fillers into your face to enhance its shape. These fillers help fill in hollows and fine lines, restoring plumpness and smoothness. Then a doctor isolates particular growth factors — PRP — from your blood using a centrifuge. This only requires about two teaspoons of blood. Lastly, the physician injects the PRP into your face to stimulate the growth of new, vibrancy-inducing tissue, including blood vessels, collagen, and fatty tissue.
It may be known as a Vampire Facelift, but there’s nothing scary about the PRP process. Not only are the needles used for PRP therapy extremely small, but your doctor will also apply a numbing cream for your added comfort. Most people experience virtually no pain at all.
Once you’ve had PRP therapy on your face, natural processes in your skin will work gradually to heal the micro-wounds, bringing about more vibrant tissue. These effects can go on for two to three months and last as long as one to two years.
Potential side effects of PRP therapy tend to be mild and temporary. You may experience bruising, pain, redness, swelling, and tenderness around the injection sites, for example. These effects usually diminish on their own within a few days.
Most likely, you’ll be able to go straight back to your usual daily activities after your PRP therapy session. It’s similar to having your blood drawn at the doctor’s office. You may feel slight discomfort, but nothing that keeps you from going about your life. If you do experience pain or tenderness, over-the-counter painkillers and cold compresses can help. When you wash your face, take extra caution, as your skin may be more sensitive for a few days following treatment.