You may have heard about the Vampire Facial™ on the news or TV. It’s an exciting procedure that uses growth factors derived from your own blood to stimulate a healing response in your skin that will result in an improvement of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, skin discoloration and skin luminosity.
The most common treatment area for the Vampire Facial is the face, however, it can be used on other parts of the body including the neck, jowls, chest and hands as well as parts of the body where you might have scars, stretch marks or hyperpigmentation.
What is the Vampire Facial?
The Vampire Facial uses the same blood-derived growth factors used in the Vampire Facelift® procedure. The difference is that with the Vampire Facial™ our physician or nurse practitioner applies the PRP (platelet rich plasma) topically.
With the Vampire Facelift, the physician injects the PRP into the face and combines it with an HA filler (like Juvéderm™). The Vampire Facial does not involve the use of any dermal filler products. Instead it utilizes a dermapen, or a microneedling system, and PRP which is derived from a sample of your own blood.
Platelets in your blood contain a large amount of growth factors that have the ability to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. Platelets also have a significant role in blood vessel formation, the cellular division of fibroblasts (the most common cells in connective tissue), and in synthesizing hyaluronic acid (common ingredient found in most dermal filler products). Natural collagen production helps to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, even pore size while hyaluronic acid can improve the volume and tone of your skin resulting in a more youthful appearance.
The Vampire Facial procedure helps restore or enhance areas, which require volume. Improvement of skin texture and tone can be noticeable within 3 weeks and improvement continues for the next 8 months as more collagen and elastin is built under the skin. The results typically last 2 years or longer.
Vampire Facial FAQs
What happens during the procedure?
Our clinician will assess the degree of skin aging, perform a simple skin analysis, and recommend a sensible treatment with a reasonable outcome. After your skin is cleansed and prepared, a topical anesthetic cream is applied. A sample of your blood is then taken from your arm and is processed in our laboratory to extract the PRP (platelet rich plasma). For treating the entire face, PRP is applied to the skin after and with a Dermapen™.
Is the procedure painful?
A topical anesthetic cream is applied to your face before the procedure which makes the entire procedure very comfortable. Most patients do not feel any discomfort.
How long is the recovery time?
There is typically no “downtime” per se associated with the procedure. Some redness of the treated area may last a day after treatment with a possibility of mild bruising. These affects resolve themselves usually in anywhere from 1 day to 1 week and can be concealed with cosmetics. You can resume your normal activity immediately, but your face should always be protected from the sun.
Is it safe?
This procedure is extremely safe and there is no risk of an allergic reaction because the product used (PRP) is derived from your own blood. The PRP contains concentrated amounts of white blood cells which are actually your body’s natural defenders against infections. As a result, infection is extremely rare with our PRP treatment.