Blood Facial, or Blood Plasma Facial, or Vampire Facial are similar terms to describe the non-surgical procedure involving taking the blood from a patient to make “PRP” using a special centrifugation technique. This technology helps harvest the PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) to be used for therapeutic reasons in the patient.
This is basically an “elixir” of enriched proteins, growth factors and wound healing ingredients that can be used for rejuvenation and healing. Once your PRP is prepared from your blood, we use a very small needle to inject it to the treatment area, such as the skin or the hair. Because it is derived from your own body, PRP is natural and safe.
PRP can be used for a variety of indications:
PRP contains essential proteins that stimulate natural hair growth as well as collagen rejuvenation. For this reason, it is often used in combination with other treatments such as lasers or micro-needling to produce even better results.
Because we use a technology that extracts your own plasma, we do need you to prep for this procedure.
Here is what you need to know before your PRP appointment:
FOR 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE TREATMENT PLEASE STOP THESE MEDICATIONS:
- Abciximab (ReoPro)v
- NSAIDs (ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin)
- Cilostazol (Pletal)
- Prasugrel (Effient)
- Clopidogrel (Plavix)
- Ticagrelor (Brilinta)
- Dipyridamole (Persantine)
- Ticlopidine (Ticlid)
- Eptifibatide (Integrilin)
- Tirofiban (Aggrastat)
NOTE: You should discuss any changes to your medications with your physician.
There are also certain supplements that affect platelets and should be stopped for 2 WEEKS before PRP therapy. These supplements include:
- Black currant seed oil
- Krill oil
- Borage oil
- Bromelain Papain
- Evening primrose oil
- Fish oil Wobenzy
- Flaxseed oil
PRP treatment is not recommended for patients with:
- Platelet abnormalities or blood disorder
- Infection at the site of the procedure
- Recent fever or illness
- Recent use of systemic corticosteroids (prednisone)
- A history of cancer of any type
- Chronic liver disease
- Active hepatitis
- Anticoagulation or antiplatelet therapy that can not be stopped due to medical reasons. Examples of such treatments include warfarin, clopidogrel, Pradaxa, Xarelto, Eliquis, Savayasa, and NSAIDs like aspirin, ibuprofen, diclofenac, naproxen, and Celebrex, etc)
- Recent intake of over the counter supplements containing vitamin E, fish oil, St. John’s wort, garlic supplements, or Echinacea.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is produced when a small amount of your blood is drawn into a tube and centrifuged properly. During the centrifugation process we isolate the PRP rich in your own growth factors and healing chemicals naturally found in your body. PRP is often injected into lines and wrinkles of the face, neck or chest where rejuvenation is desired.
PRP has been studied with great promise in the treatment of scars, wrinkles, sun damage, and overall rejuvenation. As with any other procedure that promotes your own natural healing, the results are not immediate. It takes weeks to months to see the results. PRP is often added to Fraxel Laser treatments for enhanced results.
As with any other procedure that promotes your own natural healing, the results are not immediate. It takes weeks to months to see the full results of rejuvenation.
Because PRP harnesses your own natural plasma, growth factors and chemicals for healing, it is hard to compare any two patient’s quality or strength of PRP! Therefore, part of the PRP hair treatment success is the quality of the plasma of the patient.
Patients are usually in the office for about an hour and a half. It takes about 20 minutes to process the PRP and at least another 10-20 minutes for Dr. Kormeili to administer the PRP. We use an anesthetic to make the procedure as comfortable as possible!
PRP harnesses your own natural plasma, growth factors and chemicals for healing the new collagen made in an effort to rejuvenate or treat scars, so the results are yours to keep. Of course, as with all of our other collagen, there is gradual loss and destruction with aging.
PRP can be done alone or in combination with microneedling or Fraxel laser treatments. It can be purchased alone or as a package. Depending on the extent of the condition therefore prices vary. It can range from $650-$1000 on average.
We use both topically cream numbing as well as lidocaine in our PRP mixture to create further comfort. Using ice also helps fight any discomfort from PRP injections. After the PRP is injected you may experience some mild soreness at the injection sites (similar to fillers).
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a substance that’s thought to promote healing when injected. Plasma is a component of your blood that contains special “factors,” or proteins, that help your blood to clot. It also contains proteins that support cell growth.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is produced when a small amount of your blood is drawn into a tube and centrifuged properly. During the centrifugation process we isolate the PRP rich in your own growth factors and healing chemicals naturally found in your body.
Once injected into the treatment area it helps promote the healing mechanisms in the body to build your own new collagen resulting in rejuvenation.
PRP therapy typically consists of 1-3 treatments every 30 or so days. When combined with Fraxel laser or microneedling, most patients experience the most favorable outcomes.
Most patients do repeat annual or semi-annual treatments to promote longer lasting results.
You can apply cold gel packs or ice to reduce swelling. Avoid vigorous exercise to minimize swelling. If you have done PRP in combination with Fraxel or microneedling then you will have special instructions provided to you after your treatment to follow. We will help you every step of the way!
PRP rich in your own growth factors and healing chemicals naturally found in your body. It is rare to see any side effects because it essentially is your own natural products being concentrated and re-introduced to the area needing rejuvenation and healing!
A word of caution: please do your research to ensure you are in proper hands. You do not want to have some other person’s PRP injected into you by error because of poorly supervised medical centers. PRP is a medical procedure and needs outmost care and caution to ensure safety.