The Vampire Facial is not as scary as it sounds! In fact, it is an incredibly safe, comfortable procedure that packs the biggest anti-aging, corrective, reparative punch we have! In simple terms, the Vampire Facial is a MicroPen (microneedling) treatment using your own plasma (blood component) as the topical, lubricating agent. PRP, or platelet rich plasma, is a highly potent concentration of your own body’s platelets, collected from a small puncture in your vein and spun down in a centrifuge, separating it from your red and white blood cells. Platelets contain vital epidermal growth factors that promote healing and repair of abnormal skin conditions and facilitate a rapid recovery after the procedure. Conditions that can be successfully treated with PRP include fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, melasma, scars, stretch marks, thinning skin, and dull, aging, or lackluster skin. Your body recognizes signs of aging as a pathologic process needing repair, so the introduction of these potent platelets and growth factors turns on that repair process and within weeks, your skin begins to change.
Initially after a PRP treatment, or Vampire Facial, the skin texture begins to improve. Within a week, a noticeable glow and softening of the skin is typical. But the real results come later, between 30 and 90 days, as new collagen and elastin begin to surface and the reparative process kicks into high gear. Studies have shown that this new collagen formation can continue for up to 6 months after one single treatment.
The process itself is fast, easy, and involves minimal discomfort. While your skin is being prepped with a topical numbing agent, a single puncture is made, usually in the crease of your arm, to collect one vial of blood from which the plasma will be extracted. Because this is your own body’s plasma, there is virtually no risk of any reaction and this treatment is universally well tolerated. The vial is then placed in a centrifuge for a few minutes and afterward the red portion of your blood is discarded and the yellow plasma is all that remains for use during your procedure. The actual MicroPen process takes just 10-15 minutes and most clients report a mild vibrating sensation and feel the cold plasma as it is massaged into your skin. Afterward, a final layer of plasma is applied and left on for several hours after your visit. Your skin will appear pink and some swelling is possible, but you will be amazed at how quickly it returns to normal. Compared to a traditional MicroPen treatment, MicroPen with PRP, aka the Vampire Facial, has minimal to no downtime and effects are longer lasting and more significant with just one treatment.