December 1, 2023

The Ultimate in anti-aging – PRP facial. Is it right for you?

Have you heard of a PRP facial? This is our favorite anti-aging, skin rejuvenation procedure by far!

At Wave on Wave Health we call our PRP Facial a BIO Facial – BIO meaning “life.” A BIO Facial can truly bring your skin back to life without the use of harsh chemicals, fillers, or other toxic ingredients.  

Let’s dive in to find out what a BIO Facial AKA PRP facial is!

A BIO-Facial or A PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) facial, also known as a “vampire facial,” involves using a patient’s own blood, and specifically their platelets, combined with microneedling to rejuvenate the skin. Here’s how it typically works: 

  1. Blood Extraction: A small amount of your blood is drawn, usually from your arm, similar to a regular blood test. 
  1. Separation: The blood is then put into a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from other components of the blood. At Wave on Wave Health we use PureSpin PRP to obtain ultra concentrated platelets.  
  1. Application: The platelet-rich plasma, which is rich in growth factors and proteins, is then applied to your face through microneedling, which creates tiny channels and injuries to the skin to allow for penetration of the ultra concentrated platelets. These tiny micro-channels or injuries also stimulate the production of collagen and elastin to heal the affected tissue which results in wrinkle reduction, smoothing of skin tone and texture, and lifting of the skin.  
  1. Rejuvenation: The growth factors in the platelets provide an extra boost of collagen and elastin production, cell turnover, and tissue regeneration. This leads to improved skin texture, tone, and elasticity. 

What are the benefits of a PRP facial?  

PRP facials offer several benefits for the skin and are often used to address signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, acne scarring and overall skin rejuvenation.

Let’s dive in!

  1. Collagen and Elastin Production: Platelet-rich plasma contains growth factors that can stimulate collagen production, which helps improve skin texture and elasticity, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. 
  2. Skin Rejuvenation: PRP can promote cell turnover, leading to fresher-looking skin and a more even skin tone. 
  3. Reduced Scarring: PRP is known to improve the appearance of acne scars or other types of scars due to the regenerative properties of PRP. 
  4. Natural Process: Since PRP uses the patient’s blood, it’s considered a more natural treatment. There is no risk of allergic reaction to your own blood! There is minimal – no risk of infection as well.  
  5. Minimal Downtime: Compared to more invasive procedures, PRP facials generally have minimal downtime. Patients will leave the office with a sunburned appearance to their skin which will take 1 – 3 days to fully resolve, followed by a potential flaking of the skin (this is individualized). The entire healing process can take anywhere from 3-7 days.  
  6. Customization: A PRP facial or microneedling with PRP can be done with or without PRP injections. PRP injections or BIO-Filler injections can be done on the same day. BIO-Filler injections are a natural filler and can be injected all over the face for enhanced rejuvenation.  
  7. Long-Term Results: While individual results may vary, a PRP Facial can last anywhere from 6 –18 months. The results continue to happen for weeks to months following the initial procedure!  

Does this procedure hurt?  

Prior to the procedure a pharmaceutical grade numbing cream is applied to the skin. This greatly reduces or eliminates any pain from the microneedling device. Most patients report minimal to no pain during the procedure.  

The full effect of the facial can take a few weeks to months but after the healing process is complete you will notice immediate results! A BIO Facial is stimulating cell turnover and regeneration which takes time. It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle for optimal results. 

Is there a pre-procedure prep? 

Yes! You will want to avoid any medications that are anti-inflammatory such as medications like ibuprofen, advil, motrin (NSAID’S) or aspirin for one week prior to the procedure. Always check with your physician to see if you can stop these medications. As well as supplements like curcumin, fish oil and ginger as these tend to reduce inflammation and thin the blood as well. It is important to eat a healthy diet, hydrate, and get good rest for optimal results. IF you have a history of cold sores it is also important to notify the office prior to the procedure for pre-treatment. 

Healthy skin starts on the inside 

I talk about gut health and toxins A TON and with good reason. Toxins wreak havoc on our guts and our guts are where we digest and absorb our nutrients so not only our cells function as they should, but an imbalanced microbiome equals an imbalanced skin microbiome. The microbiome plays an important role in a wide variety of skin disorders. Many skin diseases are accompanied by an altered gut microbiome. Dysbiosis in the gut microbiome is associated with an altered immune response, promoting the development of skin diseases, such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, acne vulgaris, dandruff, skin cancer and even accelerated aging1.  

The ultimate wellness and anti-aging package! 

We offer a combination package that includes a wellness consult, comprehensive stool analysis, and 1 BIO-Facial. This package is the ultimate kick start to reaching your aesthetic and wellness goals! Get the package here – Healthy Inside and Out or schedule your BIO Facial here.

Interested in learning more? Schedule a FREE consult here 

References: 

  1. De Pessemier, B.; Grine, L.; Debaere, M.; Maes, A.; Paetzold, B.; Callewaert, C. Gut–Skin Axis: Current Knowledge of the Interrelationship between Microbial Dysbiosis and Skin Conditions. Microorganisms 2021, 9, 353. https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms9020353 
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