Blood all over your face might sound pretty alarming at any other time of year, but with just a few weeks left until Halloween, it’s perfect! That blood facial you’ve seen all over social media? It actually works. With a PRP facial, you can have glowing skin in no time.
What in the World Is a Blood Facial?
The reason why this blood facial is so…well, bloody is because it combines microdermabrasion and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to stimulate your skin and awaken your cells. While microdermabrasion aims to improve anything from acne scarring to wrinkles by creating microscopic tears in the skin, PRP therapy uses your own blood to hydrate and heal. If you’ve never heard of PRP, the process is fairly simple. After drawing out a small amount of your blood, it is put into a machine called a centrifuge.
When the machine applies centrifugal force to the vial of blood, the blood cells will separate into three parts: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. The platelets are then applied directly onto your skin to encourage faster cell growth, AKA increasing the cell turnover rate, promoting collagen and elastin production. Because the blood is put right onto your face, this is where the infamous bloody look comes from that you’ve probably seen online. In turn, a PRP facial will give you healthy, radiant skin and kick aging to the curb. However, all of this blood talk probably has you concerned about the pain that might come with this cosmetic procedure.
Because the process involves multiple injections with needles, a PRP facial is not for the faint of heart or the squeamish. This is why it’s vital to speak with your dermatologist to determine whether you and your skin are suitable for a blood facial. Also keep in mind downtime and recovery following the facial, as it might take a couple of days or so before feeling ready to go out in public. The downtime mainly depends on how strong you decide to go on the microdermabrasion, as different needles have different levels of aggressiveness. After the procedure, your face will look a little red, and it will be very sensitive and vulnerable, so don’t forget to apply sunscreen! However, dermatologists recommend that you don’t wear any makeup post-op.
Benefits of a PRP Facial
If you’re still not sure whether or not you’re interested in getting a blood facial, here are some incredible benefits to it. If you struggle with a high amount of sun damage, such as premature aging (fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots), a PRP facial will do wonders to make your skin healthy and youthful-looking. If you struggle with a dull complexion or an uneven skin tone, we also highly recommend this treatment for you.
However, if you have had medical issues like abnormal blood clots or any other bleeding disorder, definitely do not try the PRP facial. The highest risk for the typical patient after the procedure is bruising from the injections or the microdermabrasion, but otherwise, a blood facial is completely safe. By using platelet-rich plasma, your skin will be hydrated and filled with antioxidants.
PRP Facials at Miami Center for Dermatology
If you’re looking into this facial or any other facial, feel free to check out all of the facials we have to offer at the Miami Center for Dermatology. We hope to see you soon!