What is a vampire facial?
The Vampire Facial is an anti-aging treatment you get from your plastic surgeon that involves microneedling. It is an advanced type of facial because that uses a substance called platelet-rich plasma (PRP). The PRP is made from your own blood; hence the name Vampire Facial.
PRP is actually rich in growth factors that support the growth of new skin cells – collagen, elastin, fibroblasts, and everything in between. These growth factors are found in your blood naturally; however, they are found there in small amounts. As you age, their numbers dwindle. (Read PRP: Everything You Need to Know About Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections.)
When your blood draw in taken, the blood is placed into a centrifuge that spins it down. This process concentrates the growth factors. Your plastic surgeon will then take the fraction of the blood that contains all the growth factors and use them on whatever part of the body needs skin rejuvenation. In this case where you are in his office for a vampire facial, they will be applied to the skin of the face.
After your face is cleansed, your plastic surgeon will use the microneedling tool to create very small holes in the skin while simultaneously delivering the PRP into the skin. This process thus first injures the skin but delivers exactly what is needed to create rapid healing. Similar processes are used in plastic surgery via laser procedures but laser does not deliver the PRP after the injury.
The results of a vampire facial are a maximum effect for skin rejuvenation. The process builds collagen and elastin fibers, which plumps the skin. Any acne scars begin to improve quite readily with the vampire facial. (Read Acne Scars: Here's How to Choose Your Best Acne Scar Removal Treatment.)
In one Brazilian study of 22 cases of women with melisma that received microneedling, results were “good” in all 22 cases. These were done without the added benefit of PRP.
In New York at the Icahn School of Medicine, plastic surgeons compared the results to microneedling, plus PRP (vampire facial). They stated that based on the current preliminary literature, PRP appears to augment the cosmetic outcomes of microneedling without risk for adverse effects.
There is a short period of time of healing after a vampire facial. The little needle pinpricks will scar first and then be replaced with more youthful skin that is soft, smooth, and more youthful. It's true regeneration that you will see before your very eyes.
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Written by Dr. Donna Schwontkowski
Dr. Donna Schwontkowski is a retired chiropractor with a master's and bachelor's in nutrition and master's in herbology. She's been an expert on anti-aging, beauty and natural healing for over 20 years and loves providing solutions that quickly and painlessly reverse a beauty problem.Full Bio