What is a Vampire (PRP) Facial?
While beauty treatments often take their names from pop culture, the vampire facial has nothing to do with the Twilight Sagas or the Vampire Diaries. The proper name for a vampire facial is actually a PRP facial where PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. You can read all about the benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma here.
Collagen and Your Skin
Collagen is the main protein in your skin. It is responsible for keeping your skin looking plump and supple. As the skin ages, it’s ability to create collagen decreases and wrinkles start to form. Collagen also plays a vital role in the healing of wounds and scars, the reduction of hyperpigmentation and stretch marks.
A PRP facial stimulates natural collagen production so that your skin looks healthy and youthful.
What is involved in a Vampire Facial?
They aren’t as scary as the name suggests and you can still go for the garlic after a session if you want to. Vampire facials are so known as they use your own blood to rejuvenate your skin.
The vampire facial is a minimally invasive treatment that is carried out in a few simple steps. The entire procedure only takes about 30 minutes after your consultation.
Your medical aesthetician will first carry out a consultation with you to discuss what your skin goals are to determine if the procedure is right for you. They will also discuss which areas you want to target. Popular areas include the face and the decolletage.
Beginning the Procedure:
Once you are settled into a treatment room, a numbing cream is applied to the areas where the procedure will be carried out. While the numbing cream starts to work, a technician carries out a simple blood draw and inserts into a centrifuge. This separates the PRP from your red and white blood cells.
The PRP is then combined with calcium chloride solution to create an activated version of PRP called Platelet Rich Fibrin.
Your aesthetician then uses a microneedling device – it looks like a pen – to create superficial micropuncture marks on your skin and the PRF is released into them. Although this may sound painful, most clients report feeling a ticklish sensation. The growth factors present in the PRP stimulate stem cells to create new, youthful tissue.
It’s common to feel a slight stinging sensation after the procedure when the numbing cream wears off. Some clients also report the formation of small scabs at where the puncture wounds were created. However, they heal fast, and you should see a difference within two to six days of your treatment.
Make sure you keep out of the sun as much as possible and use plenty of moisturizer. Your aesthetician will advise you on which products are safe to use.
Benefits of PRP Facials:
One of the best things about the entire process is that it is completely natural and as it uses your own blood, the risk factor for allergic reactions or skin sensitivity is negligible, unlike a chemical peel. Most customers also report seeing results as soon as their skin as healed.
As your body’s natural collagen production is stimulated, you’ll continue to see benefits for up to six months after the procedure.
How often Should I Get a PRP Facial?
While results are visible almost immediately, the frequency of your treatments depends on the concerns you are trying to tackle. Those wanting to treat deep-rooted concerns like acne or surgical scars may require multiple sessions to achieve the results they want. In such cases, your aesthetician may recommend four or more sessions spaced a few weeks apart. Once you’ve achieved your desired results, it’s a good idea to give your body a stimulating boost at least once or twice a year.
How Safe is a Vampire Facial?
A vampire facial is completely safe for all skin types. However, it is not recommended for those on blood thinners or those suffering from autoimmune diseases. Single use needles are mandatory to carry out the procedure and never ever try the procedure at home.
Vampire Facials at the Fluid Medical Spa
It’s also important to ensure that your procedure is carried out by a qualified professional like those at the Fluid Medical Spa. We recognize that every individual is unique and consequently each treatment needs to be tailored to their needs. There is no one size fits all.
Book an appointment today and embark on a journey of healing, rejuvenation, and holistic wellness.