Fine lines and wrinkles got you down? Consider a PRP facial in Houston. This very safe and natural treatment can have you looking younger and refreshed. It is a great alternative to surgery that will not take you away from your normal daily activities.
What is a PRP Facial?
A PRP facial combines two effective things – platelet-rich plasma and microneedling. Between the two, your body begins to create new collagen, which lays the groundwork for a firm, young-looking face. This procedure is also sometimes referred to as a vampire facial.
Microneedling involves using a special device to create thousands of tiny channels in the skin. On its own, this is a very effective method for treating acne scars, wrinkles, and stretch marks. More and more, microneedling is being used in combination with other treatments to make them more effective. It helps prepare the skin to fully reap the benefits of other cosmetic procedures.
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. The first step on the day of your treatment is to have a small amount of your blood drawn. This is usually done from the arm. We then take that blood and spin it in a centrifuge where it can separate out the plasma from everything else. This PRP is then activated and strategically used. When you add PRP to microneedling, the skin gets tighter and typically heals faster.
Since both the PRP and the microneedling stimulate collagen production on their own, it is easy to see how combining these two things can take your results to the next level! A PRP facial helps treat wrinkles both on the surface and from below.
The Magic of Platelet-Rich Plasma
PRP therapy is not new. It has been used to help heal torn ligaments in injured athletes for some time. Recently, medical and scientific communities have begun to realize the full extent of how beneficial this therapy can be. Since PRP is full of growth factors, it encourages your body to heal itself. It attracts stem cells to the area. These stem cells then become collagen and elastin fibers, which are essential for decreasing the appearance of wrinkles and increasing your natural glow. This is what gives the vampire facial its restorative power.
The Importance of Collagen
Collagen is actually the most prevalent protein in the human body. This protein serves many important purposes. It helps to strengthen your bones and is a major component of muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Collagen is also vital to the health of your skin. Not only does it help tighten it and keep it smooth, but it also helps with hydration.
In our youth, our bodies produce plenty of collagen. Around the age of 20, collagen production begins to slow down. It is estimated that the body produces 1% less each year after 20. After a woman reaches menopause, the decline speeds up considerably. Without as much collagen, the skin becomes thinner and more frail. This, combined with unprotected sun exposure, is what causes our skin to age. While temporary treatments can help fade wrinkles for a short period of time, PRP facials can give you real results for a longer period because they stimulate collagen production again. This gives the skin on your face the structure it needs to stay smooth.
What to Expect with a PRP Facial in Houston
Before your appointment, you will be given instructions on how to best prepare your skin for your PRP facial. Everyone is unique, and your instructions will be customized to your situation. Typically, they involve things such as drinking a lot of water in the days leading up to your appointment, avoiding tanning and direct sun exposure, and showing up with a bare face (no make-up).
Your face will be numbed prior to treatment. While waiting for the numbing cream to take effect, a small sample of your blood will be drawn. After this, it will be time for the actual facial. The plasma is spread evenly over the face. Microneedling is then done to allow your body to fully absorb and take advantage of the growth factors found in the PRP. Ideally, you will not wash off the PRP for 12-24 hours to maximize its healing abilities.
Once the procedure itself is over, a soothing balm is applied to the face. Some people choose to apply make-up to help cover up any temporary redness that may have resulted, but it is strongly recommended to wait at least 24 hours before doing so.
Who is a Good Candidate for a PRP Facial?
Step one is to come in and see us for a consultation. This is where we can discuss if this is the right treatment to fit your needs. Since the vampire facial uses your own plasma, there is almost zero risk of any allergic reaction. That being said, those with blood-related health issues, including those who are currently taking blood thinners, may not be considered ideal candidates for the treatment.
Other people who may want to look elsewhere for treatment are those with extremely loose skin or severe sun damage. Surgery may be required in those cases to get dramatic results. Women who are pregnant are advised to wait to have this treatment. It also may not be suitable for you if you have eczema or rosacea on your face. If it turns out that a PRP facial is not a good fit for you, we can discuss other options at your consultation. A good candidate for this treatment is someone:
- In good general health
- With realistic goals
- With a positive outlook
- Bothered by fine lines and wrinkles
- Wanting to avoid the complications associated with surgery
This treatment is considered safe for all skin types and tones, making it a great option for a wide range of people.
The Benefits of a PRP Facial
This treatment is growing tremendously in popularity lately. People love it because:
- It treats many different skin imperfections at one time
- It uses your own blood, which is very natural to your body and will not result in an allergic reaction
- Results from the new collagen production can be seen in as little as 1 to 2 weeks
- There is very little downtime afterward
- Minimal chance of any side effects
What Can a PRP Facial Treat?
Many people seek out this treatment to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on their face. While it is certainly effective for this, it can also help with many other things, including:
- Acne scars
- Lost volume in the cheeks
- Stretch marks
- Age spots
- Uneven skin tone or texture
- Enlarged pores
- Dark circles underneath the eyes
- Dull or gray skin
Results with a PRP Facial
How many sessions of this treatment you will need to reach your optimal results is something that can be discussed at your consultation. Many people benefit from three sessions spread 4-8 weeks apart as their initial treatment course. Your improvements will develop over time as your body works hard to produce new collagen and elastin fibers. Most people notice visible improvements after just 1-2 weeks. It may take a month or two to see the full impact of your treatment. In order to get the most out of your PRP facial, follow these tips:
- Wear plenty of sunscreen (at least 30 SPF)
- Avoid direct sunlight whenever possible
- Moisturize your skin daily
- Avoid picking at the skin on your face
- Use a gentle cleanser, especially in the days after the treatment
If you smoke, it is recommended that you stop before having this treatment. The toxins in tobacco can diminish your cellular responsiveness to PRP. When your results begin to fade, a follow-up session can keep your skin looking its best.
PRP Facials versus Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers can add instant volume to the area in which they are injected. This often leads to immediate improvements. Still, many people prefer PRP facials because the results are longer-lasting. Unlike dermal fillers and other cosmetic options aimed at wrinkles, treatments with PRP stimulate collagen production and tissue regeneration. Many people also feel their results look more natural with a PRP treatment.
For sensitive areas, like around the eyes, dermal fillers are generally not recommended. This is not the case with PRP facials, which are considered safe and effective everywhere. They are a better choice for someone seeking to refresh their entire face, not just target a specific area.
Get In Touch with Us for More Information
Learn more about the PRP facial in Houston by making an appointment with Blair Med Spa. At our office in Houston, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have. This treatment may just be the first step on your road toward facial rejuvenation and the solution you have been looking for. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!