Vampire Facial is the latest entrant in aesthetic skin care, and it is trending for all the right reasons. Blood has miraculous healing properties and a vampire facial leverages that with a combination of microneedling and PRP. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a concentrate of platelet-rich plasma protein derived from the whole blood after it has been processed by spinning in a centrifuge to remove the red cells. There are four main elements in blood: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Red blood cells bring oxygen to the body, while white blood cells fight infections, viruses, and bacteria, platelets seek out and heal damage, and the plasma is where all this floats in. It’s the platelets that is primarily used in vampire facials. The major function of platelets is to reduce inflammation, which causes all sorts of problems, from aging to acne. Platelets are also a rich source of growth factors than the whole blood, containing 30 to 40 types that perform different skin-benefiting functions. Platelets helps the skin to function optimally, increasing everything from collagen to elastin, while also bringing antioxidant and hydrating properties.
The Vampire Facial procedure begins with drawing blood from the patient and then using a centrifuge to extract the platelet-rich plasma (PRP). The PRP is derived from the serum portion of the blood, which contains platelets. The resulting solution is then injected into the skin with either one long needle or many microneedles after the application of a numbing cream. Microneedling enhances penetration into the skin and creates very small channels in the skin’s layers to allow up to 300 percent greater penetration than standard topical application. The injections create microinjuries that the platelets hurry to repair. Microdermabrasion is done before the PRP is injected into the skin in the same manner as dermal fillers and this in turn will stimulate cell turnover
Vampire facial is an effective way to achieve a younger looking and supple complexion and this makes use of a natural beauty approach combined with the brilliance of advanced skin care technology. This type of facial targets three main layers of the skin—the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous layers for the best results. It’s safe for all skin tones and types but for those with brown skin tones, the microneedling is done at a shallower level to minimize risk of hyperpigmentation. Microneedling is usually performed by certified aestheticians. During the process, pen-like devices equipped with super-tiny needles, much smaller than those required for Botox or dermal fillers, are used to create microscopic acupuncture-like channels into the skin. Microneedling improves the appearance of loose, wrinkled or weathered skin by increasing localized collagen production.
Anyone with premature wrinkles, high levels of solar damage, or those who are looking for an even tone and fresher appearance to their skin is an ideal candidate for Vampire Facial. But those with a history of blood diseases, including clotting or bleeding disorders should not opt for this procedure. Depending on the aggressive level of microdermabrasion used, the skin could take 1 or 2 days to recover. Redness after the treatment is normal and sunscreen is encouraged after the procedure, but make-up is strictly discouraged.
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