PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) - AKA: The Vampire Facial

by Dr. Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S. | April 27, 2017, 8:19 a.m.

You may remember a couple years ago, Kim Kardashian opted for the Vampire Facial that freaked her and half the world out. But as menacing as the result of her lost blood seems, it turns out it was nothing but a radiant gain.

What It Is:

Vampire Facial (or PRP) is a facial that involves injecting your own blood into your skin (creepy, we know).

First, an IV is used to draw blood from your arm. They spin it in a machine, called a centrifuge, which separates the plasma from the blood.

Then they take the plasma, which now is richer in platelets than the blood-portion, and activate it.

After activation, they inject it into the target areas, as well as dripping it on the surface for topical stimulation.  

How It Works:

The injections create “wounds” in the skin, which the platelet-rich plasma work to repair. This stimulates those areas and causes collagen growth, which reduces signs of aging, diminishing wrinkles and leaving your skin tighter and with a healthy, youthful glow.

How Long Does The Process Take:

The process can range anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on treatment area.

How Long Does It Last:

Results are long-lasting; however, results are variable, depending on your age, skin condition and diet. As most things, the better you care for your body, the longer your results will last.

Pairs well with:

Fractional Lasering - This is a superior route to take in order to get the best bang for your buck. Pairing PRP with fractional lasering will not only create longer-lasting results, but also stimulate faster absorption, leading to faster recovery.