Youthful skin -- it's something we all crave. Now, with a procedure called microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP), it's easier than it has ever been to rock a rosy complexion. Microneedling with PRP makes skin appear more plump and wrinkle-free. By prompting your own body's production of collagen and elastin, this simple solution that some refer to as a 'vampire facial' is all that's needed to shave years off your appearance. If you're considering this procedure, we've compiled several of our most-frequently asked questions about vampire facials to make your decision easier.
1. Is Microneedling With PRP Safe?
Microneedling is a safe procedure when performed by a trained and licensed provider. The microneedling devices used to reduce facial wrinkling and scars have been approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. These devices are different from those you may find over-the-counter. And in the hands of highly trained med spa providers, such as the professionals at Reflections Med Spa, they pose little risk. Additionally, the platelet-rich plasma used is always your own.
2. What Purpose Does the Application of Platelet-Rich Plasma Serve?
The platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, contains natural growth factors. It's the same plasma that enables wounds to heal. As a result, when applied to freshly needled skin, it improves volume, texture, and elasticity. Wrinkles smooth out, and your skin takes on that fresh-faced appearance of youth.
PRP is taken through a blood draw prior to your microneedling procedure. The blood is then placed into a machine called a centrifuge, that separates plasma from platelets and red blood cells. The PRP is then generated from this prepared serum and applied to your skin after your microneedling procedure.
3. What Results Should I Expect?
Immediately following your session of microneedling with PRP, your skin may appear red, much like a sunburn. Your clinician will apply a soothing serum to skin before sending you home, which aids in any lingering discomfort. After a period of 24 to 48 hours, the redness will clear, and you'll begin to notice improvement in the way your skin looks and feels in several ways:
Reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
Smoother skin texture
Reduction of scars, such as those left by acne
Visible reduction in pore size
Reduced signs of aging
Firmer, more supple skin
You may elect to have a single session of microneedling with PRP, or repeat sessions roughly 5 weeks apart, for improved results.
4. How Long Do Results of Microneedling with PRP Last?
Depending upon how many treatments you have and what you're trying to achieve, results can last up to 18 months before repeat sessions are needed.
If you're considering the many benefits of microneedling with PRP, Reflections Med Spa, in Chicago, is a top provider. Owned and operated by physicians, Reflections Med Spa delivers safe, clean, and expertly performed procedures designed to make you feel great about yourself. Feel better, look better, and live better with Reflections Med Spa. Call today to schedule an initial consultation.