What is Platelete-Rich Plasma Therapy?

Platelet-rich plasma, or autologous conditioned plasma, is a blood component with proteins that promote growth, heal the body, and remove red blood cells. With the advancement of cutting-edge technologies and emerging techniques, the medical field can now harness the regenerative properties within your own blood and implement them in cosmetic therapies. 

Platelet-rich plasma facial treatments, also colloquially referred to as “vampire facials,” employ microneedling of blood cells to boost collagen production and stimulate fresh cell growth, resulting in a more youthful, radiant appearance.

What Are the Benefits of Platelete-Rich Plasma Therapy?

Platelete-Rich Plasma treatments are most notable for their ability to heal facial damage and create a younger-looking appearance. PRP skin rejuvenation is minimally invasive, requiring only a small amount of blood to be taken from your arm. PRP facials also have the following benefits:

  • Treat acne scarring
  • Reduce wrinkles
  • Boost collagen
  • Improve skin radiance
  • Repair sun damage
  • Improve skin texture
  • Tighten saggy skin
  • Diminish dark circles
  • Promote stronger skin

What Can PRP Treat?

PRP facial treatments are becoming increasingly popular, given the blood cells' ability to heal wounds, sun spots, acne scars, wrinkles, and more. PRP treatments can also promote hair growth and boost skin elasticity thanks to the cells' rejuvenating properties.

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The PRP Treatment

The procedure for a PRP facial is as follows: First, the medical staff will apply a numbing solution to help your face to help with pain management. After that, your medical practitioner will extract blood from your arm. Once the blood extraction process is complete, your cosmetic surgeon will place it in a machine that separates the platelet-rich plasma from the blood cells. Once the PRP is separated, a microneedling device injects it into your face as a part of the microneedling process. The process is generally painless thanks to the numbing gel and gentle pricks of the microneedling machine. PRP can also be injected into the skin as a gel in the same way facial fillers are used, under the eyes or in other areas for more natural, lasting rejuvenation.


After a PRP treatment, patients may or may not experience slight side effects, such as bruising, swelling, redness, and irritation.

Recovery time for PRP facials is relatively low and varies for each individual. However, most patients will see improvement within the second or third day. Patients can expect a full recovery within one week. While recuperating, limit sun exposure and excessive exercise for at least three days after your treatment. 

To achieve the best results from your PRP facial procedure, you must follow the post-care guidelines given by Dr. Poulos. Below are some relevant post-care instructions.

  1. Take medicine if swelling or pain persists for more than 24 hours. 
  2. Do not rub your face or use exfoliant cleansers for at least three to four days.
  3. After the facial, sleep on your back with pillows underneath you to elevate your face. Do this for at least three days.
  4. Do not apply makeup until the next day after treatment.
  5. Before touching your face, wash your hands with soap and water.
  6. You should avoid touching your face for at least 6 hours following the procedure.  

Who is A Candidate for PRP Skin Rejuvenation? 

Anyone is suitable for a platelet-rich plasma facial treatment as they pose minimal risks. You are also a candidate for a PRP facial if you:

  • Want a more youthful appearance
  • Want to reduce facial blemishes
  • Do not have a history of keloid formation
  • Do not have an autoimmune condition

Why Choose Dr. Cynthia M. Poulos? 

Dr. Cynthia M. Poulos is a double-board-certified reconstructive surgeon with over 20 years of experience. She is widely recognized for her exceptional capabilities and inviting, warm manner. Dr. Poulos is board-certified as a Diplomate with the National Board of Medical Examiners, one of the highest achievements in the cosmetic vocation.

Her medical spa features top-of-the-line technology capable of producing the latest cosmetic advancements. Her highly trained, friendly staff actively listen and cater to your needs with expertise and professionalism. 

If you are looking for honest support paired with genuine results, please call today for a consultation.

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