Have you paid extra to get a “vampire” PRP (platelet rich plasma) facial instead of a microneedling facial believing you were getting a more powerful version? If you have, I have bad news, but I also have good news. Vampire PRP facials made famous and popularized by Kim Kardashian are supposed to be an upgraded version to common facials.
Maybe your goal isn’t to look like Kim Kardashian but to help your skin with wrinkles, scars, hyperpigmentation, and looseness. Keeping your skin looking younger and healthier can give your confidence a boost. The vampire PRP facial is an option but it is not as great of an option as you may have been made to believe. If you want to your skin looking better, there have been breakthroughs that bring much better options.
Vampire PRP facials involve drawing blood, spinning it down, isolating the platelet rich plasma (PRP) from vial of blood, and injecting it into the face. The injections are painful. At the end, the platelet poor plasma is then applied topically to the face. Afterwards, one walks out of the office with a bloody face.
The problem with PRP facials is that studies have shown PRP facials don’t produce any better outcomes than microneedling alone. One study1 comparing PRP to microneedling and concluded “Both microneedling and microneedling in combined with PRP showed satisfactory results.” Essentially that is saying PRP adds nothing to microneedling.
Another study2, came to following conclusion: “We conclude that, whilst the literature may be consistent with a modest benefit for specific indications, there is not sufficient evidence supporting the efficacy of PRP to justify a role in routine dermatological practice at the present time.”
That means if you paid for that upgrade, it was unnecessary. But that’s not even the worst part. PRP has been part of the evolution of regenerative medicine. That doesn’t make it an ideal esthetic product. It was never designed for skin. PRP is highly pro-inflammatory. When it comes to skin, high levels of inflammation can create scarring and/or hyperpigmentation.
So in reality, not only does a vampire PRP facial not do better than microneedling alone, it can make your skin worse. PRP is not ideal for facial esthetic procedures. The good news is that there is definitely a better, less painful procedure that can provide better outcomes.
The newest technology that I am a big fan of is from a company called AnteAGE. They make in-office and at-home skin care products that use the power of stem cells to reduce wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, reduce scarring, and restore a more youthful glow.
These products are specifically formulated for skin with growth factors and cytokines from stem cells to trigger the body’s own self healing in a natural way. They are also anti-inflammatory.
They have an in-office serum that is coupled with microneedling to enhance the results of microneedling. The in-office procedure is best once a month, but no more than that. The at-home products include a home microneedling kit that designed to be used several times a week safely without creating scarring as well as a skin care line.
Both are based on the power of stem cells. The AnteAGE skin care line is by far the best skin care product line I have ever used. It makes my skin look and feel younger and healthier.
If you’re looking for the best natural technology that can have you looking and feeling younger and help you feel more confident, then you need to try the Beyond PRP Facial we offer at our office. It is specifically formulated to reduce scarring and hyperpigmentation, not create it… and you don’t walk out with a bloody face.
If you’re ready to try this today, give our office a call at 303-350-7990 to schedule a consultation.
1. J Dermatolog Treat. 2017 Aug 7:1-18. doi: 10.1080/09546634.2017.1365111. Skin microneedling plus Platelet-Rich Plasma versus skin microneedling alone in the treatment of atrophic post acne scars: a split face comparative study.
2. J Dermatolog Treat. 2016;27(3):285-9. doi: 10.3109/09546634.2015.1094178. Epub 2015 Oct 14. Applications of platelet-rich plasma in dermatology: A critical appraisal of the literature.