The blood facial is a combination of a microneedling with the application of PRP (platelet-rich plasma). The PRP is derived from the serum portion of the blood, which contains platelets. The blood is your own so no risks. The platelets contain high levels of growth factors, which, when applied to the skin, will stimulate cell turnover. This helps the skin function optimally, increasing everything from collagen to elastin, while also bringing antioxidant and hydrating properties.
Patients with premature wrinkles, high levels of solar damage, or anyone who wants an even tone, fresher appearance to their skin and firmer skin are ideal candidates for the procedure. As well as patients with acne scars.
The procedure is extremely safe when the only FDA approved microneedling device on the market, the SkinPen by Bellus Medical, is used. Only one tube (about two tablespoons) of blood is drawn up from the patient. That blood is process to extract the Platelet rich plasma used in conjunction with the microneedling. The patient can expect to feel and look like a sunburn for 24 hours, with dry skin for a few days.
Multiple treatments may be needed for optimal results and they should be performed no more than once a month.
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Animation on how microneedling works.