PRP for Cosmetics Part II: What to Expect During PRP Treatment
In PRP for Cosmetics Part I, we gave an introduction to PRP and explained what it is as well as how it affects our body. We also discussed what PRP has been used for, and explained its many benefits, specifically in the area of cosmetic therapy but also in other areas such as healing and general medicine.
In contrast, Part II talks about how exactly PRP can be applied to cosmetic therapy, specifically in the area of skin rejuvenation. You’ll also learn exactly what you can expect when one undergoes PRP therapy treatment, especially since most PRP cosmetic treatments consist of similar processes and steps.
PRP Applied to Cosmetics: Skin Rejuvenation
Anti-aging skin therapy has many applications in the cosmetic sphere including skin rejuvenation, the elimination of wrinkles, the tightening and firming of skin, the addition of volume, and more. This is especially true for facial skin rejuvenation.
Traditional treatments for skin rejuvenation and anti-aging therapy include treatments such as:
- Cosmetic dermal fillers such as Hyaluronic Acid injectables like Juvederm
- Ultrasound skin therapy (e.g. Ultherapy)
- Laser therapy (e.g. ND Yag Laser)
- Microneedling (e.g. SkinPen)
The two most popular treatments on this list are Botox and injectable dermal fillers. So when it comes to skin & facial rejuvenation, what does PRP treatment have to offer that Botox and injectables don’t?
The Difference Between PRP Treatment and Traditional Cosmetic Facial Treatments such as Botox and Fillers
To gain a better understanding of PRP and skin treatment, it’s useful to highlight the differences between PRP therapy and injectables such as Botox and fillers.
Cosmetic dermal fillers such as Hyaluronic Acid (HA) compounds (e.g. Belotero/Restylane) are comprised of solidified elements that do a great job of ‘filling’ gaps, folds, lines, and crevices in the skin. In addition, cosmetic fillers are used to soften up & temper deeper skin lines such as those that form around the mouth (i.e. marionette lines). Fillers also increase volume so are used to plump up lips and fill sagging cheekbones.
Filler therapy treatments usually last anywhere from six to eighteen months, and additional ‘maintenance’ treatments would be needed to keep the treated area(s) looking as they were after initial treatments.
On the other hand, PRP treatments help stimulate a person’s own production of collagen for a more complete facial rejuvenation.
The PRP approach is in contrast to cosmetic fillers’ treatment of individual wrinkles and areas. Basically, PRP cosmetic treatment is more of a holistic process. But as far as results and outcome, PRP is similar to fillers since it also increases the volume of a person’s face, in particular those parts of the face that would start to look saggy, wrinkly, and drawn with age.
PRP cosmetic skin treatment also fills and volumizes drawn-out and aging cheekbones by plumping up cheek indentations. Moreover, PRP treatment softens and just about eliminates the blacks under one’s eyes, as well as eye hollows. Like Botox and fillers, PRP also does a great job in improving skin tone, texture, and firmness. But for those areas that fillers can’t reach or aren’t safe to use, PRP can do the job magnificently.
Combining PRP Treatments with Cosmetic Dermal Fillers: A 1-2 Punch to Anti-Aging
Since both PRP and fillers provide several added advantages, and since one has strengths where the other lacks, many doctors and cosmetic specialists combine PRP and cosmetic fillers into one super treatments.
Cosmetic dermal fillers like Hyaluronic Acid injectables fill specific facial lines and folds. In contrast, PRP improves the overall look, volume, radiance, and firmness. PRP also maximizes the overall quality of tone & texture, rather than simply filling individual lines and deeper wrinkles as with fillers.
Combined together, the result is a maximum impact, hugely improved facial & skin rejuvenation power treatment. Since cosmetic dermal fillers and PRP treatments are utilized as two types of treatments with (slightly) different purposes, they complement each other in a perfect way to give you a gorgeous final outcome with a beautiful, glowing, and youthful face.
The PRP Procedure: What to Expect During Treatment and Afterwards
Once you conduct an initial consultation with your cosmetic specialist or doctor, you’d set up an appointment for the actual procedure. During the main procedure, you’d come in and get relaxed while a small amount of blood would be drawn from your arm (the same amount needed for a regular blood test). After that, while your PRP is prepared from the drawn blood, the area(s) you’ll be treated for will be fully and completely cleansed to be primed for the PRP injections.
As far as PRP preparation, while your skin is being prepared, the blood that was extracted from you would be inserted into a centrifuge machine that spins until the valuable PRP is extracted from the remaining blood platelets.
Once extracted, the PRP is put into a syringe – many times combined with some sort of cosmetic dermal filler first. This final PRP mixture is then injected into your skin – whichever area(s) you plan to treat. The injections are only mildly uncomfortable, especially if done by an experienced doctor or specialist. The entire process is quick and can be completed in 30 minutes or less.
The entire process is almost painless and there wouldn’t be any after-care maintenance at all. You won’t require time off work and you’d be able to continue with your normal routine the day after or even the same day.
PRP Therapy Treatment Side Effects
After the procedure is complete, you may experience any one of the following minor discomforts:
- Slight bruising around the area treated
- Light redness around the area treated
- Mild swelling
Generally, these side effects will persist no longer than a day or two.
Also, since the PRP comes from your own body and is made from your own cell platelets, you will never get any allergic reactions from the PRP treatment.
PRP Treatment: Results & Outcomes
The entire goal of PRP skin therapy treatment is to improve the skin’s overall tone & texture, along with firming up and tightening your skin, allowing you to gain a more youthful, glowing, and rejuvenated look.
Keep in mind that results come on gradually, usually beginning to manifest themselves about three to four weeks after treatment. The results CONTINUE to improve and get better as well as more pronounced with time. The full effects may take about 3-4 months to fully show.
Generally, it’s recommended you receive three separate PRP treatment sessions spaced out about one or two months apart since this would allow maximum impact for the treatment. But in all cases, you should make sure to consult with an experienced doctor or cosmetic professional well-versed in PRP before deciding on anything concrete.