Turn on your TV, and you might see celebrities about a popular medical aesthetic cleverly nicknamed the Vampire Facial. So what’s all the hype about? If you’re curious about having a PRP Vampire Facial, here is everything you need to know before you head to the doctor’s office.
What is a PRP Vampire Facial?
A Vampire Facial uses platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) to rejuvenate your skin. Not only does your skin look more youthful after the treatment, but your skin color also looks brighter because of new blood vessel formation. This medical aesthetic got its nickname because doctors use the patient’s own blood in the treatment. PRP therapy stimulates the body to create its own new collagen and tissue and can be used in areas where dermal fillers are not safe.
Although the skin treatment may sound a little invasive, the process is quite simple:
- A physician draws some blood.
- The blood is placed in a centrifuge.
- The isolated rich plasma is activated, and
- Infused back into your skin.
The platelet-rich plasma is similar to hyaluronic acid fillers used for Botox. It’s injected into the skin to sculpt the face.
You might be wondering what exactly are the benefits to this medical aesthetic procedure. And there several that you can expect:
- The amount of PRP is equivalent to 5 – 10 syringes of dermal fillers. And unlike dermal fillers like Juvederm or Restylane, which last an average of six months, the effects of a PRP Vampire Facial can last over a year.
- Your skin looks healthier. Patients see fewer wrinkles, a better complexion and improvement in facial scars.
- Little recovery time. After your treatment, you may experience some redness, but you can go back to your daily routine immediately with little or no side effects.
- Over time, your skin will rejuvenate. PRP contains at least eight growth factors, which stimulate healing of soft tissue and work like a rejuvenating agent. The growth factors found in PRP include:
- Transforming Growth Factor (TGF)
- Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)
- Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF)
- Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF)
- Interleukins, Macrophages, keratinocytes, endothelial cells, lymphocytes, fibroblasts, osteoblasts, basophils, mast cells
- Collagen Stimulating Growth Factor
- Keratinocyte Growth Factor (KGF)
A PRP Vampire Facial is ideal for patients interested in skin rejuvenation, but aren’t quite ready to take the leap and opt for extensive plastic surgery. Our own Laura Magoffie and Nicole Peirce are skilled in this medical aesthetics option. Try a Vampire Facial today and experience the benefits yourself!