Summary: Do PRP injections actually work? Put simply, it kind of depends what you’re using them for. There are some treatments that respond quite favorably to PRP (which is short for platelet-rich-plasma). But when it comes to procedures such as the Vampire Facelift, evidence starts to get a little thinner and less convincing. That said, there’s no evidence that PRP treatments don’t work–so we’re taking a closer look at this treatment.
Do PRP Injections Actually Work?
It wasn’t that long ago that the Vampire Facelift was making huge waves on television screens and in medical spas. Known more accurately as a PRP Facial, this procedure is known for some lingering questions. Basically, do PRP injections actually work? Or is this procedure more hype than substance?
To some degree, it probably depends on what you’re using PRP for. And, before we get too far, we should say that PRP is a real thing. It’s short for Platelet-Rich-Plasma, and it’s a substance that’s found in your blood. PRP naturally helps your body do all sorts of things, including heal and rejuvenate.
Which makes sense. That’s the same thing that PRP is supposed to do when applied for cosmetic purposes. And, to some degree, the jury is still out on whether that works or not. As of yet, there is no study that conclusively proves PRP injections will improve the results of any cosmetic surgery procedure. But that doesn’t mean it won’t help–it just means that it’s hard to prove.
PRP and Microneedling
PRP has a wide range of uses, but when most people talk about it, they’re referring to the PRP Facial (or, the more poetic marketing name: the Vampire Facelift). But the PRP facial isn’t just one procedure, it’s several. Or, at least, it can be.
In most cases, the PRP Facial goes like this:
- A patient will undergo microneedling of some kind. Often, this is performed with a SkinPen unit, but not exclusively.
- Once the dermaplaning or microneedling procedure is complete, patients will be administered PRP. Usually the injections are just squirted right onto the face (and not injected as Botox or dermal fillers might be)
- As the patient heals, then, the PRP will amplify the rejuvenation produced by the microneedling treatment.
It may take several weeks for the full benefits to make themselves apparent. Or, in some cases, those benefits may never become apparent. The success of both microneedling and PRP Facials tends to vary from patient to patient, making the success of the procedure somewhat difficult to predict.
However, there are many patients who are thrilled with the final results, noticing that the skin is more vibrant and radiant–not to mention smoother–after the PRP Facial treatment.
PRP and Hair Loss
One of the other common uses for PRP is as a hair regrowth supplement. To be sure, that’s definitely not the most commonly marketed use for PRP. You don’t very often hear about the Vampire Hair Lift or anything. And yet, this is one area where the results often speak for themselves.
That’s uncommon with PRP treatments because so often PRP is combined with something else (for example, PRP is combined with microneedling during the PRP Facial). And most patients tend to respond positively to PRP treatments for hair loss.
During a PRP for hair loss treatment, the platelet-rich-plasma is administered to the scalp of the patient (this time using actual injections–it’s not a topical application like it is with PRP Facials). Over the next few weeks to few months, patients should see the return of at least some of their hair.
PRP for hair loss treatments are equally effective for both men and women–and that’s a relief to many women who suffer from hair thinning and hair loss and who have trouble finding effective treatments.
The Bottom Line on PRP Injections
The bottom line on PRP injections is that the jury is still out. There’s still no conclusive proof whether it works for rejuvenating purposes or not, especially when it comes to PRP Facials. But there’s also no conclusive proof that PRP doesn’t work for the majority of patients.
There is anecdotal evidence to suggest that PRP Facials work, but it’s difficult to draw larger conclusions from that kind of evidence. Essentially, we could say something like this: if PRP works for you, then you should keep using it. But if it doesn’t work for you, there’s no reason to assume that it might or should at some point in the future.
Your best course of action might be to talk to your cosmetic surgeon or medical spa about possible PRP treatments as well as the best way to incorporate them into your treatment plan.