You've probably seen the photos on Instagram: A celebrity or influencer's advertising the Vampire Facial. No, it's not a party— it's actually one of the latest treatment trends in skin care, also known as a "vampire facial."Celebrities, including Kim Kardashian West and Bar Refaeli, are fans of the facial, which might look quite scary in progress, but boasts big-time results.
So, what are they and how do they work, exactly? Don't let the name fool you. In fact, "Here in Virginia it’s done in full light of the day”
In all seriousness, the treatment is a "combination of a micro-needling with the MD Pen followed by the application of PRP (platelet-rich plasma)," says Shamban. "The PRP is derived from the serum portion of the blood, which contains platelets. The platelets contain high levels of growth factors, which, when applied to the skin, will stimulate cell turnover."
In laymen's terms: It's a facial that essentially uses, your own blood to help promote the healthy activity of your skin cells. Our skin is naturally comprised of red blood cells and serum, which contain our white blood cells and platelets.
Platelets are rich in growth factors, which essentially act as energy boots for our skin. This helps our skin function optimally, increasing everything from collagen to elastin, while also bringing antioxidant and hydrating properties. Platelet-rich plasma is now commonly used topically as part of a regular facial, used along with micro-needling with our MD Pen to enhance penetration into the skin, and is even being injected into the skin in the same manner as dermal fillers.
The process sound serious? Well, it sort of is — since the treatment begins with venipuncture (a blood draw) to obtain the blood. But, contrary to popular belief, it's relatively painless — aside from the first needle pinch.
Typically, the process includes the initial blood draw, then running the blood through a centrifuge to isolate the platelets. You'll then receive MD Pen micro-needling just before your PRPs are slathered across your face. This can be accompanied with or without radio frequency, too. It sounds gory and mysterious, but in fact, it is central to our evolving understanding of the physiology of the skin and advanced techniques with which to improve the quality of the skin
As for recovery, it might take a day or two of downtime before you're ready to hit the streets. Recipients may need one or two days, depending on how aggressive the microdermabrasion was on your skin. You'll emerge from treatment a bit red, almost like a sunburn, which means post-procedure sunscreen is highly recommended. Applying makeup, though, is discouraged.
Are you a candidate? Most likely! Those with premature wrinkles, high levels of solar damage, or anyone who wants an even tone and fresher appearance to their skin, is an ideal candidate for the procedure, she says. However, if you have a history of blood diseases, including clotting or bleeding disorders, you should not seek PRP treatment.
As far as risks go, there aren't as many as you might think. In fact, the only risk you really run is suttle bruising at the time of the venipuncture. Aside from the discomfort of a blood draw and light bruising from injection or MD Pen micro-needling, the vampire facial is "extremely safe, as it is your body's own blood being recycled."
How much does it cost? Cost typically ranges, but in our office, a treatment will set you back around $900. Also worth noting that multiple treatments may be needed for optimal results and that treatments should be performed no more often than once per month.
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