What is a PRP facial?

A PRP facial is a combination of microneedling and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or platelet-rich fibrin (PRF). Microneedling uses short, fine needles to puncture the skin. These needles range in size from .5 to 2.5 millimeters. Rest assured, the needles only go skin-deep and feel like tiny pinpricks. These needle pricks are used to "injure" the skin, prompting your skin to heal itself by producing collagen and elastin, while allowing the PRP to penetrate deeper into the tissues.

Once the microneedling is completed, PRP or PRF is applied to your skin topically. PRP is a concentrate of platelet-rich plasma protein produced from blood. PRP has a large concentration of growth factors, helping tissue to heal and repair, treating all types of skin issues.

What is the process?

The first step is the initial blood draw, which is relatively painless. Your blood is then placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets and plasma from the red blood cells.

Prior to the microneedling portion of the treatment, a topical numbing cream is applied to the face to manage any discomfort of the needling.

Once the numbing cream is active and the microneedling has been completed, the PRP or PRF is rubbed on the skin. The PRP or PRF should remain on the skin for the rest of the day to maximize results. Patients will notice dry, red, sensitive skin, much like a light sunburn for the first few days after treatment.

What are the benefits?

There are many benefits to the PRP facial, including boosting the turnover of skin cells, improving skin tone and texture. Microneedling with PRP will also reduce fine lines and signs of aging. This treatment can be especially helpful for those who suffered from acne and have visible acne scars or skin damage from prolonged exposure to the sun.

Am I a candidate?

Most everyone is a candidate for microneedling with PRP. This procedure can give a fresher appearance to those with wrinkles and fine lines, high levels of solar damage, or uneven skin tones. You may not be a candidate if you have a history of blood disease, including clotting or bleeding disorders. If you're interested in this treatment, schedule a consultation at Sakura Skin.

The bottom line

The PRP facial is a non-surgical, minimally invasive way to achieve younger, brighter looking skin.

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