Vampire facials is another name for PRP facials are medical, rather than cosmetic procedures. The medical team first takes a small amount of your blood, spin it in a centrifuge to extract protein-rich plasma, extract platelets, concentrate the sample to create what is called platelet-rich plasma (PRP).
What Is Platelet Rich Plasma?
PRP is produced from the patient’s blood. It is a concentration of platelets that circulate through the blood and are critical for blood clotting. Platelets and the liquid plasma portion of the blood contain various factors vital for the cell multiplication, recruitment, and specialisation required for healing.
After the collection of the patient’s blood sample, the blood is placed into a centrifuge. Platelet-rich plasma can then be collected and treated before being injected into areas to be treated.
The platelet-rich plasma is prepared through differential centrifugation wherein the acceleration force is adjusted to sediment certain cellular constituents based on different specific gravity. First, the red blood cells (RBC) are separated through initial centrifugation and followed by second centrifugation to concentrate platelets, which are suspended in the smallest final plasma volume.
How does it work?
First your face is cleansed and local anesthetic cream is applied in preparation for the microneedling. When the numbing cream is removed you face is then spread with the plasma followed by microneedling across your cheeks and forehead to help your face absorb the proteins.
Microneedling is a procedure that creates a series of tiny, superficial punctures using sterile needles. Both PRP and microneedling stimulate collagen growth, and are complementary when done together.
Sometimes the medical team may give you an additional treatment called the “vampire facelift,” which includes having the plasma injected into your skin like a filler. This combination treatment is encouraged as it will addressed the two layers of the skin: beneath and on top of it.
Benefits of a vampire facial
A vampire facial can be useful for those who have scars, wrinkles or sun damage. By reintroducing PRP back into the skin, cell turnover is encouraged, which leads to an increase of collagen and elastin production. Your skin will look smoother, tighter and fuller.
For facial areas with deeper lines and wrinkles, your doctor may also inject hyaluronic acid fillers and neuromodulators, which are wrinkle-relaxing injections like Botox®. The fillers help restore volume that your face loses naturally with age, while neuromodulators keep facial muscles from contracting. Neuromodulators can help reduce dynamic lines that form from muscle overuse, such as the “crow’s feet” around the eyes. When combined procedure is given the whole face is treated.