PRP Facials Vs. PRP Facelifts
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) procedures have increased in popularity in recent years thanks to Hollywood’s biggest celebrities. These procedures have also become popular in the aesthetic medical field for the treatment of uneven skin texture, wrinkles, fine lines, and scarring. The two common PRP procedures are the PRP Facelift and the PRP Facial.
While both procedures have similar processes, the results they produce differ. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about the difference between PRP facials and PRP facelifts.
What are PRP Procedures?
Before we distinguish a PRP Facial from a PRP Facelift, let’s delve into what the science behind their purpose.
PRP aesthetic treatments are performed using platelet-rich-plasma, or PRP. During these procedures, blood is drawn from a vein and processed with a centrifuge to extract plasma. Plasma contains eight growth factors that promote skin rejuvenation and collagen production, which in turn improves the skin’s overall appearance.
What are PRP Facials?
The primary difference between a PRP Facial and a PRP Facelift is the way in which PRP is used.
During a PRP Facial, micro-needling is done to create microscopic punctures into the skin. Then PRP is applied over these tiny incisions. The plasma is able to penetrate deeper into the skin and enhance its natural healing mechanism. What’s happening is that the skin is able to fully absorb the plasma’s beneficial growth factors.
The PRP Facial is not recommended for those with inflamed, irritated, or sensitive skin. However, it is perfect for those with baseline skin who want to see an improvement in luminosity and texture.
PRP Facials are safe for the most part and produce minimal side effects. The only drawback some patients will experience after the procedure is redness, puffiness, dryness, and slight bruising that disappears a week after.
As far as pain, a numbing agent is applied to the skin but some patients may experience mild pain especially around more sensitive areas around the hairline, eyes, and mouth.
It is worth mentioning that PRP Facials are not a quick fix, and multiple sessions may be required to see the desired results.
What is a PRP Facelift?
Unlike the PRP Facial, the PRP Facelift is done by injecting the skin with PRP along with a hyaluronic acid filler like Juvederm or Restylane Lyft.
First, the filler is injected into areas of the face with the deepest lines. Next, PRP is injected into other areas of the face including the forehead, cheeks, and around the eyes. The PRP Facelift is perfect for those who have experienced volume loss.
Over the next few days post-treatment, the injected PRP will release growth factors and activate collagen production and tissue renewable but at a much deeper level than the PRP Facial.
With the PRP Facelift, you will notice a difference in volume and skin quality after two to three weeks, and results will continue to improve for around three to four months. Results from the PRP Facelift can last up to 18 months.
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