Some patients see less sagging and fewer wrinkles after a vampire facial, but this treatment cannot make your face look the way it did years ago. Also known as the “vampire facial,” platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has received so much attention that it may seem as if we’ve finally found the fountain of youth. Despite the hoopla, there’s little evidence to show that it works — or doesn’t work.
If you’re considering getting a vampire facelift, here’s what you should know.
What exactly is PRP?
We all have platelets in our blood. PRP is 3-step procedure that involves having your blood: 1) Drawn from your arm 2) Placed into a machine that separates the platelets from the rest of your blood 3)Re-injected into you (only the part of your blood that contains a high concentration of platelets)
Our dermatologist injects the blood that contains the high concentration of platelets into your face or scalp, using a syringe or micro needling (device that looks like a lint roller with tiny needles sticking out of it). To give you immediate results, your dermatologist may also inject filler. The entire procedure takes about 45 minutes to one hour.
- Reduce wrinkles
- Plump up sagging skin
- Get rid of deep creases
- Improve one’s complexion
- Diminish acne scars
Another perk: There’s little to no downtime.
Is PRP safe?
While dermatologists still have many unanswered questions, the procedure itself is safe.
You may have a bit of pain, bruising, and swelling afterwards. These tend to go away within a few days.
For your safety, our facility follows the same process that transfusion centers use to make sure that your own blood is injected back into you. If you receive someone else’s blood by mistake, you could become very sick.
How long does it take to see results?
If you get results, the full effects appear within a few weeks to months.
How many PRP injections do you need?
Researchers have found that most patients who get results have 3 or more treatments. That means, you’d have to go to your dermatologist’s office 3 or more times to have blood drawn, treated, and injected back into you.
To give their patients more immediate results, some dermatologists inject a filler along with PRP. This allows a patient to see immediate results.
Who can have PRP rejuvenation?
While PRP is considered safe for most people, it’s not recommended for anyone who has one of the following medical conditions:
- Hepatitis C
- HIV or AIDS
- Any type of blood cancer
- Cardiovascular disease, which requires taking a blood thinner
- Skin cancer in the area to be treated
These conditions affect your platelets, making them unable to deliver the expected results.
How long do the results last?
Results can last as long as 18 months.
If you’re thinking about trying PRP, visit us now at Queens Medical Center. Our doctors perform more cosmetic procedures than any other type of medical doctor. They have the in-depth training required to evaluate your skin and tell you what proven treatments can be most effective for you.