What Is PRP?

Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a substance that promotes healing when injected into the skin. 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. Researchers have produced PRP by isolating plasma from blood and concentrating it.

The idea is that injecting PRP into damaged tissues will stimulate your body to grow new, healthy cells and promote healing. Because the tissue growth factors are more concentrated in the prepared growth injections, researchers think the body’s tissues may heal.

Here’s what you need to know about PRP facials (sometimes called blood or ‘vampire’ facials).

Creating platelet-rich plasma

Your medical team first takes a small sample of your blood.

Then they spin it in a centrifuge to extract protein-rich plasma. Next, they extract platelets. Finally, they concentrate the sample, creating what is called platelet-rich plasma.

It is the growth factors in PRP that help the body to heal.

What happens during treatment:

The medical team first spreads plasma on your face and then uses microneedling across your cheeks and forehead to help your face absorb the proteins.

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