You may remember a picture of Kim Kardashian’s face that went viral a few years ago. Her face was covered in blood! Very dramatic! That was taken after she had a Vampire Facial®️. But what is a Vampire Facial®️? Is it as gruesome as it looks and does it have any true value?
Nuts and Bolts
Microneedling is a skin rejuvenating procedure that involves puncturing little holes into the skin using a professional device which delivers tiny needles to a precise depth. This is done after a topical numbing cream is applied so that the procedure is painless. The microneedle injuries promote collagen production by the skin which can be further enhanced by the additional application of platelet-rich plasma. The PRP is obtained by spinning a vial of your blood in a centrifuge which separates the red and white cells leaving an amber colored serum which is rich in platelets and growth factors. This serum is then placed on the microneedled skin where it is efficiently absorbed. It is important to note that the Microneedling procedure is quite effective in promoting collagen production even without the application of your serum as some people prefer NOT to have their blood drawn.
How It Works
In addition to the collagen stimulating effect produced by microneedling, PRP further stimulates collagen production and brings other healing effects to the skin with its growth factors. PRP has been used in sports medicine for years because of its ability to speed up the healing process. It not only helps the skin produce new collagen, but also new blood vessels and new cells. The result is tighter skin with visibly improved texture and tone.
Although many people report seeing immediate improvement in the quality of their skin, a full month is usually needed for maximum PRP inducing collagen production. Your skin will look healthier with reduced lines, improved skin tone, less prominent scaring and firmer texture. Depending on your results, you may opt for one treatment or choose a series of 3 at one month intervals.
An ideal candidate is anyone looking to modify the appearance or texture of the surface of her skin. The only clear contraindication to the procedure is a patient with blood or bone disorders such as anemia, blood or bone cancers, those with clotting problems or on blood thinners. Clients should avoid any medications that reduce the body’s ability to clot such as aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for a few days before the procedure and a few days after.
What To Expect
Following a microneedling with PRP procedure, you can expect some side effects such as swelling, redness and bruising. You will be sent home with a post-care Collagen infused mask and instructions. You will be asked to take good care of your skin by using the product you have been given and by avoiding make-up, abrasive skin cleansers, pools, saunas and direct sun exposure. After a week, you will be able to resume your personal skincare regime while eliminating any Retin-A containing products.
If you want smoother, healthier looking skin and are ready to take the next step (BUT DON’T WANT SURGERY!) micro-needling with or without PRP may be the right choice for you.