Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) facials, more commonly referred to as the Vampire Facial® have gained much recognition in the last few years. You may even recall some alarming selfies of celebrities like Kim Kardashian with blood-pocked faces. Although the viral social media exposure made the process appear quite dramatic, in reality, the Vampire Facial is anything but scary. The Vampire Facial can provide many aesthetic benefits to your skin, hence the hype!
A Vampire Facial involves taking a sample of blood from your body, spinning it in a machine to separate the plasma and the red blood cells, and then micro-needling the plasma back into your face.
Microneedling is performed using a device which features a series of tiny needles that make microscopic punctures in the epidermis. Don’t worry, your face is numbed pre-treatment, so the process is not painful. The skin is tricked into thinking it is injured and sends a message to repair itself by regenerating facial collagen, the structure behind the facial fountain of youth.
The tiny channels are created to allow the enriched PRP to penetrate deeper into the skin so it can immediately work its magic. The process also allows those quality skin care products and serums you’ve invested in to be more effective.
PRP stands for platelet rich plasma, which is essentially the stem cells extracted from your blood. The PRP, or “liquid gold,” named for its rich color, is applied to the skin during the micro-needling treatment with a device.
Perhaps the most significant draw of the Vampire Facial is that it is a very natural and quick procedure that takes advantage of the incredible healing power of your own body. Because of its relatively simple nature, there is also minimal downtime and virtually no side effects. On its own, the result is noticeable improvements in the skin without looking “overdone.” This aspect is an important attribute for women and men in the Midwest who prefer their aesthetic treatments to go practically unnoticed to outsiders until their youthful glow becomes more obvious and others cannot help but wonder “What have you been doing!?”
For those who desire a quicker, more dramatic improvement, the Vampire Facial can be customized and combined with other skin treatments. Because the PRP Facial greatly improves the health of the skin, it allows for other products, such as BOTOX® and fillers like Juvederm to work and look even better! Combining the healing power of the PRP Facial with the plumping effects of fillers is referred to as a Vampire Facelift, another excellent option for younger and healthier looking skin. Check in with your Clinical Spa to see which PRP treatments are right for you and your skin care goals.
And remember, you have the power of your own blood on your side!
The result of the Vampire Facial is brighter skin, improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, improvement in acne and sun spots, and overall rejuvenation. The twist here is that the powerful serum used in a Vampire Facial is made up of your own platelet-rich plasma separated from a blood sample, hence the eerie, but very memorable name. The Vampire Facial is also unique in that it uses the entirely natural substance and harnesses the amazing healing properties of your own body.