Happy Wednesday! It’s been a couple of weeks since my first PRP Facial treatment, so I thought I would update you on how it’s been going. For more details on what it is see my post here.
Like most 1st times, I was a bit nervous and not sure what to expect. All I could think about was vampire facial, blood, and was it going to hurt. The answer to all of these was NO! Did it have it’s moments of being uncomfortable? Yes, but overall it was super easy. I credit my great experience to Tonya, the aesthetician at Marietta Plastic Surgery, because she was so nice and good at what she does!
The first thing that she did, was to apply a thick layer of numbing cream all over my face and neck. That’s why I’m so shiny in all of these pictures. That stayed on for 30 minutes and while I waited, she drew my blood and put it in the centrifuge. A centrifuge is a machine that separates your blood into it’s three different components. Yep, getting technical over here. To avoid being gross, I will just tell you that she only used the top layer, the platelets. So, despite what you may have seen, you don’t have blood all over your face. It’s actually pretty clear and you don’t notice it.
After cleaning my face, she started the Microneedling process. She used the SkinPen to create little pen holes all over my face, the platelets are absorbed into those holes. The process took about 30 minutes and other than making me sneeze and a little discomfort on my forehead, it was pretty easy.
Afterwards, I was a bit red and my skin was tight. Which I expected, but not exactly unpleasant. I just looked like I had been sunburned at the beach. The tightening sensation that I felt on my skin after the facial was probably the most uncomfortable part.
The following 2 days after the procedure is where the real magic happens. Tonya gave me specific products to use for 3 days and detailed directions on when and how to use them. Trust me, I stuck to it because my skin was not happy. My skin started to peel off on day two. I mean really peel off, like a snake. It only lasted about 2 days, so I just stayed in to avoid having to tell people why I was shedding so badly.
The after effects were amazing. My skin was so soft and felt refreshed. My husband keeps telling me how pretty I look and he’s not one to notice these types of things.
Three things that I would recommend when having your PRP Facial:
- Don’t wear makeup, even if it’s just mascara, which I did. It becomes a mess afterwards because of the creams and the platelets. Not worth it. Lesson learned.
- Wear your hair back and I wouldn’t wash it that morning. Again, things can be a bit messy and you may get some in your hair. So you’ll have to rewash it afterwards. Go with at least day 2 hair.
- Be prepared to pamper your skin afterwards. A lot. The more attention that you give your skin, the better your results will be. So use the products given as directed.
- Wear sunscreen everyday! Even a little sun exposure hurt my face following the procedure. So be sure to put on your sunscreen!
Unlike Blaire’s results, which you could see right away, mine are more gradual and develop overtime. The cells continue to rejuvenate and replace the damaged tissue with healthy skin. It’s not a one and done treatment. So I didn’t show you a before and after picture.
The plan is to go in for 3 more treatments over the next few months. I can’t wait to see how round two goes!
Here are a few of the recommended products that I used after my treatment. I now use them daily now, because they are so good!