Micro-needling PRP Facial (Platelet Rich Plasma) "The Vampire Facial"
1. What’s a vampire facial (or Micro-needling with PRP), and how does it work?
The vampire facial is done through micro-needling. Professionals use a micro-needling device to safely and precisely create controlled micro-injuries to the skin. Then platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is injected into the skin to trigger new collagen and elastin production, break up existing scar tissue and make the skin look and feel smoother, brighter, tighter and more youthful.
2. What’s the difference between traditional micro-needling and the vampire facial? Is one better than the other?
In short, both facial treatments improve the skin’s texture and help to reduce unwanted wrinkles. Healing time is the major difference between the two treatments. With traditional micro-needling, you can expect “five to seven days of redness or downtime.
Micro-needling with PRP, or the vampire facial, decreases downtime to 24 hours. How? By using platelet-rich plasma. You are essentially healing the micro-injuries to the skin as they are inflicted. The rich growth factors and healing properties within the PRP stimulates greater collagen formation and boosts the skin’s natural healing process. Micro-needling with PRP is superior to traditional micro-needling because you can achieve better results with fewer treatments.
3. We know Kim K. popularized the treatment, but were people getting the vampire facial before the feature on her show?
People have been utilizing micro-needling treatments for many years. However, professionals have recently discovered the greater benefits of combining micro-needling with PRP.
4. What are some of the most notable vampire-facial benefits?
This treatment is primarily used to address skin texture and stimulate collagen formation, which is important because we stop producing our natural collagen after the age of 25. The vampire facial is also a great remedy for acne or surgical scars because it breaks up scar tissue bands and stimulates deeper healing.
5. Who would you recommend it to?
The procedure is safe for all skin types, but we would not recommend it to someone who has difficulties getting their blood drawn. The perfect candidate would be someone looking to improve the overall appearance of his or her skin and address deeper collagen formation.
6. What can someone expect during their first treatment?
Before the vampire facial, photographs are taken to ensure there’s accurate documentation of results and progress. Then the patient is numbed for 30–45 minutes with a cream that goes on the skin. When the patient is numbing, we obtain about 11mL of blood, which is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the PRP from the red blood cells. Once the skin has been prepared appropriately, the micro-needling begins.
The entire procedure takes roughly an hour and a half. You don’t wash the PRP off your face until the next morning, as this allows the PRP to continue to heal the skin. You’ll notice a healthy glow after the first few days, but complete results take about 4-6 weeks once full collagen remodeling has taken place.
7. Do you have any after-care recommendations while the skin is healing?
After rinsing off the PRP 12–24 hours following the procedure We advise using a gentle cleanser and follow up with a broad-spectrum SPF moisturizer to protect the skin. Using a hyaluronic serum to maintain skin hydration during the following two to five days after treatment. You can resume your normal skin care routine one week following the procedure.