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When PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma derived from your own blood is combined with the microneedle therapy it boosts the stem cells by releasing within the skin to produce collagen and elastin thus resulting into a fresh and youthful skin.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy: “The Vampire Facial”
The skin rejuvenation treatment Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is often called a “Vampire Facial,” because it uses the patient’s own blood. Platelets found in plasma are removed from a sample of the patient’s blood, then injected into areas of the face to augment healing.
Platelets are cells found in the bloodstream that allow blood to clot. When a clot is formed, platelets emit enzymes that boost healing and aid in tissue regeneration by drawing stem cells to the area to help repair damage.
A Vampire Facial begins when the clinician withdraws a sample of the patient’s blood. The PRP is removed from it. Then this plasma is injected into key areas of the patient’s face using micro-needling technology. These injections spur the production of collagen and the creation of new skin cells rich with human growth elements, which allow skin to heal and renew itself, creating younger, firmer, and more supple skin.
The Vampire Facial gives new life to the patient’s skin with little downtime.
How Does the Vampire Facial Work?
Using the microneedling device known as Rejuvapen, the Vampire Facial allows our clinicians to rejuvenate skin without any invasive techniques. The Rejuvapen generates microchannels into key areas of the face, into which the clinician injects the platelet-rich plasma.
You will have a detailed consultation with our clinician here at Glow Aesthetic Center, at which you can discuss your medical history and your objectives and expectations for the Vampire Facial. Your treatment can occur on the same day as your consultation, but regardless, the treatment will involve these steps:
Preparation: The treatment area of your face is carefully cleaned and prepared
Drawing Blood: The clinician draws about 2 teaspoons of blood from a vein in your arm
Separating Plasma from Blood: The blood is set in a centrifuge for about 10 minutes, which rotates the blood at a high speed. This causes the platelet-rich plasma, which is lighter than the rest of the blood, to rise to the top, allowing it to be easily removed
Anesthetic: If needed or requested, the clinician may apply a topical anesthetic to your treatment area to allow for greater comfort during the procedure
Treatment: The clinician will use the Rejuvapen for a microneedling treatment, then apply the platelet-rich plasma to the treatment area. The Rejuvapen generates micro-channels that produce direct passages to the deepest skin layers to spur healing
Best Results: Most patients will see the best results after 3 treatments, a month apart, although one treatment can be adequate for some patients.
Patience Is Required: Platelet-rich plasma contains growth factors that prompt the skin to release stem cells. These cells heal the area as they would a wound, by creating new cells, including new collagen and blood vessels. It takes 30 days for the new collagen to regenerate itself. This process takes time for your skin will revitalize itself.
Who Should Get a Vampire Facial?
Because PRP therapy uses cells from your own body, most people are excellent candidates for the procedure to treat:
Dark under-eye circles
Fine lines around the mouth
Crepey skin in neck, chest, and eye areas
Coarse skin texture
Dull or gray skin tone
What Will the Results of PRP Therapy Be?
You should start to see results within a week. After 1 or 2 months, you should see rejuvenated skin that appears younger and feels softer and more supple. Results may remain from 1 to 2 years following your treatment.