When a new type of facial becomes popular, sometimes there is naming confusion. Different people call it by different names, and the media wants to jazz-up “the hot new thing” by calling it yet another name. This is what happened to the PRP or Plasma Facial. Because it was a new and exciting procedure that created firmer youthful looking skin, it got a lot of attention.*
A variety of names stuck: PRP Facial, PRP Plasma Facial, Plasma Facial, and Vampire Facial were the most common. To add to the confusion, you could also get the procedure as a face lift instead of a facial. At Bellissimo You, we decided to call it t PRP/Vampire Facail or just PRP Facial. In this post, we are going to try to clear up some of the confusion.
Essentially, the PRP Plasma Facial is a micro needling procedure using the clients own plasma as an infusion. It firms your skin, helps you look younger, and can treat a variety of skin conditions, such as acne scars and blemishes.
The most popular term for the facial is probably the PRP Facial. When people call on the phone, they usually refer to it as a PRP Facial when they speak to us. PRP refers to platelet-rich plasma. This is the material that is infused into the skin during the procedure. The PRP is separated from the red blood cells using a dedicated machine through a spinning motion. ( Details available here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4338460/). The resulting platelet-rich plasma is used as an infusion and reabsorbed into the skin.
Some people just call this the Plasma Facial. But, it is not any different from the PRP Facial. They just leave out the “platelet-rich” part out of the name. There is no other plasma facial that we are aware of. The PRP facial and the plasma facial are one and the same.
The Vampire Facial name became popular because of its use in the media, specifically TV. It was the name used in the tabloids with a bloody picture of Kim Kardashian. This instantly gave the Vampire Facial name a huge media reach. It was covered on talk shows and gossip shows over and over. The Vampire Facial name stuck, and many spas began using the Vampire Facial name instead of PRP or Plasma Facial. By the way, most Vampire Facials are not that bloody. There is usually very little bleeding.
PRP Facelift VS PRP Facial
The distinction between facelift and facial is based on how it is applied. The facial refers to topical application and the facelift refers to injection. During a topical application, the plasma is brushed onto the surface of the skin, and the micro needling pen is used to massage the plasma back into the skin. This is a very effective way to infuse the plasma into the dermis. Each micro-puncture of the pen creates a channel for the plasma sink into.
During a PRP Facelift, a standard hypodermic needle is used to inject the plasma into the skin. The number of injection points vary, but the procedure is more or less the same regardless of where you get the PRP Facelift.
When asking about the procedure, make sure to ask whether the PRP is applied topically or injected into the skin.
Which Is More Effective?
The PRP facelift is arguably more effective because of the way the micro needling pen creates little puncture channels all over the face so you get full coverage. Using a hypodermic needle, the plasma is placed deeper into the skin but does not have the same coverage. There is also less pain and downtime with the PRP facial.
Outstanding By Any Name
The PRP Facial is one of the best spa treatments available today for facial skin care. It firms the skin and makes you look younger. It can help remove acne scars, blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles. That sounds like a lot, but this is an outstanding treatment that deserves the attention it is getting.
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*Results may vary from person to person. Results are not guaranteed.
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