PRP facial has made waves among celebrities like Bar Refaeli, Kim Kardashian, and Kourtney Kardashian. They’ve talked about how this treatment has changed their looks. But just before you take a plunge, there are a few things you need to learn about vampire treatment. So, for best results, it’s prudent to consider the before and aftercare of PRP therapy.
Maybe you might have wondered how you need to prepare yourself if you plan to get a PRP facial. If you can visit your doctor before the treatment, it would be great to advise you on how to go about it. First, however, you must inform your care provider if you have any tattoos in the area to be treated. Even if it’s a cosmetic one, these areas are usually avoided.
Seven Pre-Care Instructions of Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment
Now that you’ve decided to take the plunge into PRP therapy, we recommend following the below instructions.
- Avoid heat exposure and tanning. Whether it’s self-tanning products or heat from the sun, you should ultimately avoid them one week before starting your PRP facial. And doing this prevents post-treatment dyspigmentation.
- Tidy up before treatment, and thoroughly clean your target area before your PRP treatment. And avoid applying any moisturizer or makeup.
- You must discontinue using Accutane for at least six months before taking your treatment. Also, avoid drugs such as Retin-A, Tazorac, Renova, and similar retinoids for one week and after treatment.
- Don’t use any chemical depilatories or waxing two weeks before treatment and even after the PRP procedure. But shaving can be okay if there is no skin irritation. And this you can do 48-72 hours before and after treatment.
- Avoid any chemical peel or laser two weeks before and after the PRP facial treatment. If you must do this, at least spare your treatment target area.
- Ensure you’re not using any anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or Aleve, blood thinners, and Aspirin. And following this precaution will help to minimize the bruising.
- Avoid alcohol a few weeks before going for vampire therapy.
Seven Post-Care Instructions of Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment
It’s crucial to follow your doctor’s recommendations of aftercare of your PRP facial therapy, to have an optimal result.
- Avoid wearing makeup at least 24 hours after treatment. Then wash your face gently with mild soap or cleanser. Gently pat dry your treated area and avoid rubbing it. Though your skin may feel firmer than usual, this will disappear within two weeks. By then, it should soften, leaving you with a supple, smoother feeling. And this may follow with the hyaluronic acid application, serums, or creams to nourish new collagen.
- Avoid the sun to enable healing and protect the treated area with a sunblock spectrum of SPF 30 or more. Also, don’t use hot bathing water, jacuzzi, steam bath, or sauna for the next three days after treatment.
- In the next two days, try to sleep on your back. And having your head elevated helps to lower the side effects like swelling and bruising experienced.
- After a PRP facial, your skin may feel tight, swollen, and a bit sensitive. Even the treated area may darken or flake away one week after treatment. However, you should avoid picking or exfoliating and allow the old skin to peel off naturally.
- Refrain from using exfoliating medications or chemicals on the treated area for one week. Then consult your doctor with the recommendable products.
- If you’re an active person, take a break from strenuous exercise because it may cause a lot of sweating that may interfere with the recovery stage.
- If the discomfort continues, you can use a pack of ice packs or Tylenol. However, this shouldn’t last for long.
If you diligently follow your doctor’s instructions, you can start seeing some positive results in a week. The redness, bruising, and swelling will be no more. But your skin may have a pinkish appearance, which you can cover with some light makeup.
Common PRP Facial Side Effects
Redness, bruising, and swelling are the most likely adverse reactions a patient should expect. But it’s nothing to worry about as these disappear within 24-48 hours. However, it may vary for different people. Some may take from 4-6 days before these side effects subside.
If you experience abnormal side effects other than above, don’t hesitate to consult your caregiver. He will assess you and provide the necessary treatment.
PRP Facials Therapy Common Target
PRP facial is legally offered in most med spas and clinics as ‘off-label’ in the USA, although it’s not FDA approved. A recently published meta-analysis found significant improvements in PRP treatment. Some cases also suggested that PRP may have some meaningful clinical effects, including a myriad of cosmetic facial problems
- Under-eye circles
- Crow’s feet
- Sun damage
- Acne scars
- Large pores
- Fine lines around the mouth
- Crepey skin appearance in the neck or eye areas
- Coarse skin texture
- Dull or grayish skin tone
In Conclusion, following the pre-care and post-care PRP facial instructions given by your doctor helps you recover quickly, experiencing a positive result. A patient can note a rejuvenated glow, smoother and younger appearance.