The Vampire Facial® Spooky or Spectacular?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) facials, more commonly referred to as the Vampire Facial® have gained much recognition in the last few years. Named at the height of Vampire fandom, this skin care treatment has a cult following of its own. 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 apear quite dramatic, in reality, the Vampire Facial is anything but scary.
A variation of microneedling procedures, the Vampire Facial can provide many aesthetic benefits to your skin, hence the hype!*  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. 

The result of the Vampire Facial is brighter skin, improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, improvement in ance 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.
The Vampire Facial’s star proponent is the platelet-rich plasma or PRP. PRP is isolated from a small blood sample, extracted from your arm, where it is transferred to a machine aptly named, Dr. PRP. Dr. PRP is a closed system centrifuge that eliminates the possibility of contamination, and produces a high quality and highly concentrated platelet-rich plasma, which is then ready to work for your skin! If you ever are in the market for a Vampire Facial, be sure to ask for Dr. PRP by name!
The PRP, or “liquid gold,” named for its rich color, is applied to the skin during the microneedling treatment with a device, such as the SkinPen. The SkinPen is a dermatological tool that uses medical grade sterile and disposable stainless steel needles. The narrow surface of the SkinPen allows for precise and thorough treatment of the many intricate and delicate features of the face. The technique is imperative to achieve the most out of the treatment and must be performed by an experienced aesthetic nurse or physician.

The resulting microscopic punctures allow for the PRP to be absorbed deep into the skin where it can release various growth factors and promote regeneration of healthy skin.* In fact, one of the four growth factors found in PRP, called platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) has been proven to increase cell proliferation by as much as 800%!† The skin is, therefore, able to heal itself quickly, and you can expect to see results for an extended period of time.* It is recommended to begin with three treatments scheduled six weeks apart for optimal results.
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!

*Results for each treatment may vary from person to person.
†Citing DRPRPUSA.com