All About The Vampire (PRP) Facial
Ashley Davis, Licensed Esthetician has authored this blog post to inform you about the benefits of a “Vampire Facial.”
A few years ago, the “Vampire Facial” took storm to the internet thanks to Kim Kardashian and a social media post. Since then there’s been a big buzz but a lot of confusion. So…what exactly is a “Vampire Facial.” If you’re thinking it’s a facial that involves punctures to the carotid and blood-letting that eventually leaves you looking like Robert Pattinson and Kristin Stewart from the Twilight movies with porcelain and sparkly skin…you’re not alone. The name can be a bit misleading and quite intimidating.
The treatment is actually a microneedling treatment that incorporates the use PRP to stimulate skin rejuvenation.
What is PRP?
PRP is a natural product created from your own body. We will take a small amount of your blood and spin it down in a centrifuge to obtain platelets which are cells in the blood that have the ability to heal tissue and grow new cells. It can then be needled or injected into specific areas of the skin to promote growth of collagen to help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles as well as promote a more even skin tone and texture.
What is microneedling?
Microneedling is Micro Fractional Collagen Stimulation. We use the SkinPen Precision. It uses a disposable cartridge containing 14 micro sized surgical steel grade needles which create micro channels in the epidermis—the top layer of your skin—to stimulate and increase the rate of healing in the skin. This not only triggers collagen and elastin fibers—the components that give your skin its thickness and elasticity—to be produced at a more rapid pace but also allows for products we use to penetrate the skin more effectively.
What does it treat?
- Texture and Tone
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Pore Size
- Appearance of stretch marks
- Scars-including acne scarring
What areas can be treated?
The treatment is customizable to perform treatment on various areas of the body. It is not just limited to the face.
What is the actual treatment like?
Treatment time may vary depending on the size of the area(s) being treated and what the targeted goal of correction you are being treated for. Most patients only experience minimal discomfort—the prickliness of the needles—for a brief time during the treatment. We also use a topical numbing agent to help ease the discomfort for you.
What is the downtime?
There is very little downtime with the PRP micro-needling treatment. Initial redness from the treatment is similar to that of a sunburn for the first day resolving to a residual pinkness on day 2 for most patients. Makeup can be worn 24 hours post treatment.
How many treatments are necessary?
Creating major changes in the skin takes time, so the number of treatments needed will vary from person to person and their specific needs. However, it is recommended for most to have a series of treatments for optimal results.
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