Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a type of aging skin treatment that is sometimes known as a “PRP facelift” or “PRP facial” because it involves injections of blood. This process helps restore the skin through the concentrated application of various growth factors and platelets from within the blood, which stimulates the body’s natural rejuvenation mechanisms in order to produce vibrant, youthful skin. However, the terms “PRP facelift” and “PRP facial” are not interchangeable. Each refers to a different form of PRP, and understanding the distinctions between them will let you make a more informed decision about which anti-aging skin treatment is best for your needs.
What Is the PRP Facial?
If you have ever seen photos of PRP treatments in which the person’s face appears to be smeared with blood, then you have seen the immediate aftermath of a PRP facial. Fortunately, the afterimage looks much worse than it actually is and such appearances are short lived at worst.
During the “PRP facial” type of PRP, blood is drawn and spun out using a centrifuge (an instrument used to separate liquids of differing densities) so that the platelets and growth factors can be isolated. This new solution is mixed with some extra nutrients and hydrating mediums and injected using micro-needling techniques across the entire face.
The micro needling opens up numerous channels into the skin that are small enough that you won’t feel pain but big enough that your body notices the micro trauma. These channels penetrate deeply into the skin and inject the PRP solution, triggering the latter half of the two-part effect. The micro trauma wakes up the body’s repair and rejuvenation mechanisms, and the concentrated appearance of platelets and growth factors kicks it into overdrive. After a few sessions, this process results in overall skin rejuvenation and restoration.
What Is the PRP Facelift?
There are two main differences that set the PRP facelift apart from the PRP facial. First, the PRP facelift combines PRP anti-aging skin treatments with a hyaluronic acid filler, meaning the PRP facelift can be more suitable as a response to skin volume loss. Second, the PRP facelift is a more targeted form of treatment compared to the facial. During the facelift, the PRP and hyaluronic acid is injected into specific areas of the face, such as the forehead, cheeks, under the eyes, etc.
In terms of the resulting improvements to the skin, there is a fair bit of overlap between the PRP facial and PRP facelift. Both will trigger the body’s repair mechanisms and spur collagen production to produce rejuvenated skin. Where the facelift differs is that the filler also helps to restore volume and shape as opposed to only texture and vitality.
Which Wins Out? Neither, Actually
There is no clear “winner” between PRP facelift or PRP facial procedures since both have their own strengths. The PRP facial is best used for general skin rejuvenation and improved quality across the entire face. The PRP facelift helps restore volume and shape, which can decline in response to aging or weight loss, and is better suited for more targeted areas. Which treatment is best for you will depend on individual needs and an assessment by your skincare specialist.
Get PRP Facials or Facelifts at the Anti-Aging Toronto Clinic
At Anti-Aging Toronto Clinic, we pride ourselves on using the latest clinical methods to give clients the beautiful skin they deserve. We support our clients’ abilities to make the right, informed decisions about PRP therapy, and we strive to provide the best PRP facelift and PRP facial treatments in Toronto. Feel free to contact us by phone at 416.546.4664 or by email at info@AntiAgingToronto.ca to ask any questions. Our skincare specialists can also offer you a tour of our Toronto facilities.