How long does a PRP treatment take?
An appointment for a PRP treatment will take approximately 30 minutes to one hour. However, the treatment time varies depending on the number of areas you are targeting.
Who is the ideal candidate for the Vampire Facial?
PRP therapy is autologous, which means it comes from one’s own body. Therefore, in theory, we should all be good candidates for this treatment.
The Vampire Facial can be used to treat:
- Crow’s feet
- Dark circles around the eyes
- Fine lines around the mouth
- Dull, rough, or grey skin tone and texture
- Sun-damaged skin
- Acne scarring
- Crepey skin in the eye, neck and décolletage areas
This procedure is not suitable for individuals with blood-related conditions, anemia, or blood or bone cancers. Patients who take blood thinning medication or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) should discontinue their medication for a few weeks prior to their treatment and for a few days afterwards, according to their physician’s instructions.
Specifically, the following conditions are contraindications of PRP:
- Critical thrombocytopenia (low platelet count)
- Haemodynamic instability (collapse)
- Sepsis (infection)
- Acute and chronic infections
- Chronic liver disease
- Anti-coagulation therapy (warfarin, dabigatran, heparin)
- Any kind of current skin infection, condition, herpes simplex in the area to be treated
- Accutane (isotretinoin) use within the last three months
Recovery after PRP therapy
The Vampire Facial requires little recovery time. There may be redness and some tenderness on the first day that appears much like sunburn. Occasionally some bruising may occur. The initial redness will subside on the second day, and some patients may notice some swelling and a sandpaper texture of the skin the day after treatment. By the third day, the swelling should diminish. The sandpaper texture of the skin may persist for up to a week.
Though you may notice these changes, you will not likely have any significant downtime as a result of these symptoms. You can go back to your regular daily activities after your appointment and, with a light make-up application, no one will be the wiser about your procedure.
What results can I expect?
Patients begin to see noticeable results within a few days after the treatment. Within 2 to 3 months, when the greatest benefit is seen, individuals report fully refreshed skin that looks and feels more youthful. These results can last between 1 to 2 years after the treatment, depending on the individual.
Caring for your rejuvenated skin
After your PRP therapy, skin hydration and sun protection are very important. A daily skin care regimen that includes a good quality moisturizer and multiple applications of sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher throughout the day is critical.