Platelet-rich plasma therapy facials aka vampire facials have been rising in popularity and for good reason. Using the anti-aging properties found in your own blood, a PRP or vampire facial could treat the visible signs of aging on your skin such as fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration.
So how long does it take for the plasma to dissolve after PRP facial injections? While it varies from person to person, you should see the effect of the platelet-rich plasma treatment for about 6 to 12 months before needing another session. With regular PRP facials, the visible benefits could possibly last longer in between treatment sessions as well.
How Long Does Plasma Last After PRP Facials?
Depending on the person, results from PRP facials may vary but most visible benefits last around 6 to 12 months. You will start seeing the benefits of a vampire facial after the initial treatment as the platelet-rich plasma and dermal fillers will promote firming and plumper-looking skin immediately.
It’s important to note immediate results may not be final as it takes 2 weeks for the injections and fillers to completely settle. After the initial recovery period, as a direct result of the concentration of platelets injected into your skin, you should see visible improvements to your skin condition.
PRP Injections/Vampire Facial Procedure
As the name ‘vampire facial’ suggests, the main ingredient in this cosmetic procedure is your blood. While some would assume that your blood is directly applied to your face, there are actually a couple of necessary steps to make the components in your blood a viable anti-aging treatment. Here is how a typical PRP facial will most likely be conducted:
1) Blood Sample
Like other PRP injection procedures, a vampire facial first step is to collect a blood sample from the patient. Taking a syringe to your arm, your doctor will draw anywhere from 5ml to 15ml of blood to be used in the procedure. This process is no different from any other blood draw and should be relatively painless.
2) Separation of Blood Components
To isolate the platelet-rich plasma from the other component of your blood, your blood sample will be placed into a centrifuge. The platelet-rich plasma is isolated specifically because of the growth factors and anti-aging properties it contains. Once separated, the other components like your red and white blood cells will be discarded leaving you with a concentrated rich plasma solution.
3) Injecting the Plasma Solution
Once the solution is ready, your doctor will directly inject the platelet solution into your skin. Similar to dermal fillers, your doctor will strategically inject the solution to boost platelet activity and its subsequent benefits throughout your face. This may take multiple injections depending on the surface area that needs to be treated.
4) Boosting PRP Facials
With every vampire facial or platelet-rich plasma injection treatment, the aforementioned are the three base-level steps that need to be done to get the desired results. However, when it comes to PRP facials, you actually can have additional treatments done in conjunction with the injections.
In most cases, a microneedling treatment is done before the PRP facials as it has been proven to work as a good skin preparation procedure to boost the effectiveness of the PRP solution later on. While microneedling is the most common pre-procedure, microdermabrasion and some laser treatments have a similar effect as micro needling to the skin making them suitable options to prep the skin before PRP injections too.