Vampire Facials: What Are They & How do They Work?
What is a Vampire Facial?
A Vampire Facial is a nickname for PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy which involves a small amount of blood being taken from your arm.
This blood is centrifuged for 5 minutes, a process which separates the nutrient-rich plasma cells and platelets from the red blood cells.
The golden ‘Platelet-Rich Plasma’ is then injected into the desired treatment area.
How Does it Work?
The nutrient-rich plasma that is injected back into the skin aids in self-healing, promotes collagen formation and stimulates new skin growth.
In fact, PRP is such a great healing agent that it is not only used in beauty applications but is also a popular therapy for sports injury rehabilitation and hair loss!
Do Vampire Facials Really Produce Results?
Vampire facials are becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason, they get results!
Keep in mind that it is your own blood that is being used to heal and restore elasticity. That means the healthier your blood is, the better results you will see! Eating well, drinking plenty of water, staying active and stress free will all go a long way towards keeping your skin – and your blood – healthy. This means you are going to get maximum benefits from the plasma injected back into your skin.
By the same token, you should also avoid smoking, excessive alcohol and poor dietary choices as all of these will not only age your skin prematurely, they will affect the health of your blood and ultimately the outcome of your Vampire Facial treatment.
So, what came first? The chicken or the egg? The health of your skin or of your blood? We say the two go hand-in-hand and you can’t achieve optimal health of one without influencing the other!
The Process of a Vampire Facial
The process of this treatment is quite simple, though it does take 45 minutes or more to complete, depending on the size of the area being treated. There are 4 steps as follows:
- Numbing cream is applied to the treatment area.
- A small quantity of blood is taken from your arm
- The blood is spun in a centrifuge for 5 minutes to separate the blood components.
- The nutrient-rich plasma (PRP) is injected back into the desired treatment area
Although PRP treatments have been nicknamed ‘Vampire Facials’ they are not just for the face! They can be used anywhere on the body where there is uneven, wrinkly, tired, scarred or aging skin.
One vial of blood will treat an area about the size of an iPhone Plus.
Here are some popular treatment areas and options:
♥ Periorbital Area: (Around the eyes) to reduce darkness, improve skin laxity and quality. This is an especially popular area for PRP as dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle treatments have their limitations in the periorbital area. PRP restores youth in the eye area. Even the eyelids can be treated!
♥ Acne Scarring: PRP is an excellent treatment for acne scarring because it uses the regenerative power of your own blood serum to promote healing. Plus the added benefit of the ‘skin needling’ breaks scar tissue improving the texture and quality of the skin.
♥ Stretch Marks & Stomach: By stimulating collagen production and tissue repair, PRP helps to firm and tighten the skin so is great for stretch marks and loose skin on the stomach post-pregnancy.
♥ Facial Lines: If you are worried about fine lines and wrinkles anywhere on your face, PRP is an excellent treatment to be used on its own or in combination with filler/anti-wrinkle.
♥ Neck & Décolletage: Using PRP on the neck and décolletage can help improve the texture and tone of the skin. It is also great for loose, crepey skin.
♥ Hand Rejuvenation: Sometimes our hands reveal our age more than any other part of the body! By stimulating healing, PRP can provide some much-needed rejuvenation, improving texture & tone.
How Safe is a Vampire Facial?
Because PRP is a product of your own body, it is generally considered a very safe treatment option with no risk of allergic reaction. It is for this same reason however, that your overall health will impact the integrity of the PRP.
Vampire Facials (or any other PRP treatment) are not recommended for individuals with certain medical conditions such as cancer or autoimmune disease. Women trying to conceive or who are already pregnant, or breastfeeding are also not suitable candidates for treatment with PRP.
Certain medications such as anti-coagulants will also restrict your ability to undergo PRP treatments.
For your safety and to achieve the best results, your medical history and overall health should be assessed prior to receiving PRP.
There are many advantages to choosing PRP therapy beyond the excellent benefits that can be achieved.
It is a natural and non-surgical treatment which means there is minimal downtime and risk involved.
Unlike dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle, it can be used anywhere on the body and is also suitable for all ages and skin types.
Vampire Facials and PRP enable you to harness the innate healing powers of your own blood and utilize them where you need them most.
For more information about the PRP treatments available at Injectable Effects, get in touch today!