Vampire Facial: The benefits of combining microneedling with Platelet-rich-plasma therapy

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Vampire Facial: The benefits of combining microneedling with Platelet-rich-plasma therapy

What is the vampire facial?

The vampire facial is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment used for skin rejuvenation and works by combining microneedling and platelet-rich-plasma (PRP). The vampire facial can help decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve the overall appearance of the skin, reduce scars, correct hyperpigmentation and minimize the appearance of large pores.

How is it done?

The vampire facial procedure starts with the extraction of the blood which is spun in the centrifuge to allow the blood to separate into different components. One component that is vital for cell healing is plasma. Plasma contains growth factors and platelets which aid in recovery promoting new skin cells and enhancing the appearance of the skin. After the blood is extracted, the skin is prepped for the microneedling process. During microneedling, a topical numbing agent is used to make the treatment more comfortable. After the client is numb and comfortable, a device creates microscopic channels in the skin which promote collagen production giving the skin a smoother and firmer appearance. Once the microneedling treatment is finished, the plasma is then applied topically over the skin where these microscopic channels were created.

What are the benefits of combining microneedling and PRP?

Some of the benefits of combining microneedling and PRP include:

  • Rejuvenation of skin: microneedling and PRP helps to increase the production of collagen causing more elasticity in the skin. Increasing the elasticity helps to give the skin a firmer and smoother appearance and helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When combined with PRP, the plasma helps to repair the skin, speeding up cell turnover.
  • Decreased downtime: the vampire facial is a minimally invasive treatment which means that the down time after treatment is less. Aftercare instructions will be given after treatment of ways to treat your skin after treatment.
  • Safety: the vampire facial using PRP which is derived from your own plasma. This concept reduces the risks of acquiring an allergic reaction and decreases the chance of infection.

What can I expect before treatment?

Before the treatment, the skin will be cleansed to remove any oil, dirt and makeup. A topical numbing agent is then applied for 30 minutes so that the treatment can be more comfortable.

What can I expect during treatment?

After the numbing process is complete, a blood draw is performed and placed in a centrifuge so that the blood is spun and separated into different components. After the centrifuge has spun the blood for about 15 minutes, the plasma is extracted and ready to be used once the microneedling treatment is complete. The numbing agent is then wiped off and a device with microscopic needle tip is applied on the surface of the skin creating tiny microscopic channels. Once the microneedling is completed, the plasma is applied topically over these channels.

What to expect after treatment?

Once the plasma is applied over the channels created by the microneedling device, a balm is applied to the skin to soothe the surface and decrease the redness.

What areas are targeted with the vampire facial?

  • Fine lines and wrinkles: this treatment helps to increase cell turnover thus creating more collagen and allowing for the skin to heal. This will help minimize the appearance of fine lines.
  • Dullness of the face: the microneedling treatment helps to exfoliate the skin removing dead skin cells. Since this treatment also increases cell turnover, the skin will appear brighter and smoother.
  • Dark spots: sun damage and dark spots can be targeted with microneedling as cell turnover increases collagen, cell healing and improves skin tone.

How many treatments are required?

Prior to the beginning of the treatment, a skin assessment is conducted which will determine how many sessions a person may require. Typically 3-4 treatments are required about one month apart.

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