The Vampire Facial™
Tissue Repair and Regeneration with Cellular Therapy
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been used in facial rejuvenation around the world since 2008. The treatment is ideal for individuals looking for improvement in skin texture, lines & wrinkles, tone, and color with minimal or no recovery time. This revolutionary natural procedure offers incredible skin rejuvenation. Platelets in your blood contain numerous growth factors (proteins which activate and trigger stem cell growth) which stimulate the proliferation of fibroblasts and keratinocytes, which produce collagen and keratin. These growth factors have a significant role in blood vessel formation, the cellular division of fibroblasts (the most common cells in connective tissue), and in synthesizing collagen and the extracellular matrix, including hyaluronic acid. Collagen production has been attributed to helping correct the visible effects of wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid has been shown to increase skin tone and volume providing a more youthful appearance.
This procedure is not a surgical face lift nor does it create the same effect as a face lift. The procedure helps restore or enhance areas, which require volume. Improvement of skin texture and tone can be noticeable within one week and improvement continues for the next 8 months as more collagen and keratin is laid under the skin. The results typically last 1-2 years. Areas of treatment include cheeks and mid-face, wrinkling around the eyes, smile lines, nasolabial fold, neck and jawline, chest, acne scarring, hands, and more. The process takes between 60-90 minutes, depending on complexity.
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What happens during a facial rejuvenation treatment with PRP?
The practitioner will assess the degree of skin aging, perform a simple skin analysis, and recommend a sensible treatment with a reasonable outcome. After your skin is cleansed and prepared, local anesthetic cream is applied. Blood is then taken from your arm and processed in our centrifuge. The resulting PRP is then mixed with calcium chloride which cause the platelets to react as if tissue injury has occurred. Platelets will then send signals to stem cells which will start the rejuvenation process.
Your PRP is first applied topically to the skin followed by aeration of the skin with a Dermapen, a process in which the skin is perforated with near microscopic holes, which allows for a transdermal delivery of the PRP. The growth factors in the PRP re-energize cells to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while improving the skin’s tone and texture. Following the Dermapen a series of PRP injections are administered allowing for maximum benefit. Patients are pleased to see the overall tone, texture and quality of their skin is greatly improved.
Is the procedure painful?
Numbing cream is applied to the face 25 minutes before the procedure, making the treatment very comfortable. Most patients do not feel much sensation.
How long is the recovery time?
Typically, there is little to no downtime associated with the treatment. Some redness of the treated area may last 1-2 days after treatment. Normal activity can be resumed immediately, but your face should be protected from the sun.
How long is the treatment?
On the treatment day, the entire visit lasts about 2 hours. The actual procedure requires about 30 minutes.
Is it safe?
PRP treatment is extremely safe. Because PRP is produced from your own blood, there is no risk of an allergic reaction. In addition, PRP contains concentrated amount of white blood cells, your natural defenders against infections. As a result, infection is extremely rare with our PRP treatment.
Are there any contraindications?
Persons with active skin infections, acne, skin disease (SLE, porphyria, allergies), cancer, chemotherapy, severe metabolic and systemic disorders, abnormal platelet function (i.e. blood disorders), and underlying sepsis excludes the use of PRP.
Is PRP therapy covered by insurance?
As PRP Skin Rejuvenation is a cosmetic procedure, it is not covered by health insurance.