What Is a Vampire Facial?
A Vampire Facelift is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy used as a medical, non-surgical, natural and safe method for skin rejuvenation. It uses the natural, healing components of the body, aka. “Platelet Rich Plasma” (PRP) derived from one’s own blood and therefor there is no risk of adverse reactions to the treatment.
PRP has been used for many years to facilitate wound healing, including the acceleration of healing of tendon injuries, the treatment of osteoarthritis, in some aspects of dentistry (i.e. jaw reconstruction), in cardiovascular medicine, and plastic surgery. Tiger Woods, the world’s number one golfer, used PRP Therapy to recover quickly from knee surgery.
In recent years, PRP Therapy was introduced as a method of non-surgical skin rejuvenation, helping to accelerate normal cell renewal and healing processes by stimulating collagen formation, revascularization (increasing blood supply) and repair.
How Does PRP Therapy Benefit The Skin?
Platelets are cells that are designed to heal injuries through their richness of growth factors like platelet derived growth factor (PDGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), transforming growth factor (TGF) and other bioactive proteins.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) used for Vampire Facial is concentrated blood plasma containing approximately 3-5 times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood. PRP rich in growth factors interact with local cells and signal initiation of cell division and migration, tissues regeneration, and collagen growth. The end result is thicker dermis, softer wrinkles, improved skin tone and texture, less scarring.
What Is It Used For?
- Rejuvenation of the face, but also of the neck, chest, hands.
- Scar improvement, acne but also traumatic or surgical.
- Stretch marks improvement.
How Is Vampire Facial Performed?
PRP is obtained from a small amount of blood drawn and processed in our office. PRP will then be introduced into the skin by micro-needling or radio-frequency resurfacing (Venus Viva). We also combine PRP, micro-needling and Venus Viva in a treatment combo named THE TIME MACHINE, as it really reverses the aging effects of time on the skin. Micro-needling and Venus Viva as stand alone create a controlled injury that encourages collagen stimulation and skin rejuvenation. In combination, the two of them create an additive effect and when PRP is added the recovery time is dramatically shortened and the effects are augmented, allowing for spectacular results with fewer treatments.
PRP is also injected subcutaneously, possibly in conjunction with hyaluronic acid fillers to enhance the filler’s volumizing effect, boost collagen formation in the area and prolong filler’s effect.
PRP Safety Information:
The treatment is very safe as there is no risk of any allergy or reaction to the materials being injected. The skin is being encouraged to renew itself, so you will merely have better, firmer skin, but there is no chance of looking ‘fixed’ or ‘unnatural’.
After treatment skin may be red and potentially swollen.
Length of healing will depend on the method of introducing the PRP, depth of treatment, and own individual variations. On average, it could take 3-4 days, but it could be as early as 24-48 hours or as late as one week.
What Sort Of Results Should I Expect?
Results will vary for each individual and depend on the type of treatment and the number of treatments.
Most people require 3-4 treatments, spaced 4-6 weeks apart. For deeper wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks, and scars, you may need 6 or more treatments.
Maintenance treatments are recommended every 6 months.
Subtle results are visible from the very first treatment. Results are gradual and cumulative as they build up on the previous treatment(s). It may take 3-6 months after completion of a serial treatment to see maximum results. The skin will continue to improve as the renewal process can go on for up to a year after the treatment. With regular maintenance and proper care, the skin can potentially be rejuvenated and the aging process delayed.