The vampire facial, also known as microneedling with PRP is the latest trend in skin rejuvenation. It is a cosmetic procedure which includes drawing blood from your arm, separating platelets and injecting them into your face. Vampire facials became popular when Kim Kardashian had it performed on an episode of Kourtney and Kim Take Miami.
The Certified Aesthetic Nurses at Aqua Vitae use a microneedling device to safely and precisely create controlled micro-injuries to the skin. Then platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is injected into the skin to trigger new collagen and elastin production, break up existing scar tissue and make the skin look and feel smoother, brighter, tighter and more youthful.
When PRP is used with microneedling, it penetrates your skin through the tiny channels the microneedles create. The PRP supercharges the microneedling benefits. PRP also addresses under-eye puffiness and dark circles to give you a more youthful, well-rested appearance. Since PRP is derived from your own blood, the side effects are virtually eliminated.
- Improves fine lines and deeper wrinkles
- Reduces acne scars
- Softens stretch marks
- Evens skin tone
- Lightens hyperpigmentation and sun spots
- Reduces appearance of pores
- Firms and smooths skin texture
- Heals scars
- Brings back the glow for fresher, younger-looking skin
The first step of PRP microneedling is making sure the patient is numbed with a cream that goes on the skin. While the patient is numbing, we obtain about 11mL of blood, which is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the PRP from the red blood cells. Once the skin has been prepared appropriately, the microneedling begins.
The entire procedure takes roughly an hour and a half. You don’t wash the PRP off your face until the next morning to allow the PRP to continue to heal the skin. You’ll notice a healthy glow after the first few days, but complete results take about 4-6 weeks once full collagen remodeling has taken place. The downtime is minimal with only one to three days of mild redness, depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment.