Youth is a vital part of our lives. At the skin level, two main components give our faces a bouncier, brighter appearance – collagen and elastin. These two vital elements work to provide the skin with elasticity, tightness, and a smoother texture.
However, as we age, both of these proteins lose the ability to regenerate new cells quickly, which causes the process of aging. To combat this, different cosmetic procedures on the market help people retain a youthful appearance.
One of the more notorious ones? The vampire is also known as PRP facial.
What is the Vampire Facial?
The Vampire Facial has its name due to the blood-speckled appearance of the treatment that uses a person’s own blood. It’s why it’s also known as the ‘Blood Facial’. Cosmetically, the Vampire Facial is a type of PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy, also known as collagen induction therapy.
All therapies that involve the use of PRP require micro-needling. This is a process that uses tiny needles that puncture the outer layer of the dermis. This is done on the parts of the face that naturally slow the production of collagen and elastin. Once inside, the PRP helps the proteins heal, ultimately making them produce new cells at a much faster pace.
Moreover, since it’s a non-surgical procedure that is minimally invasive, there are no long-term scarring risks and actually helps to minimize any previous scars.
Preparation for the Vampire Facial
The Vampire Facial involves the use of a person’s own blood, which is why a simple blood extraction is necessary before the treatment. The blood then gets separated in a centrifuge to remove the red blood cells and extract the platelet-rich plasma (PRP). What remains is a part of the blood that contains growth factors like collagen, vascular endothelial factor, epidermal factor, and transforming growth factor-beta.
The Vampire Facial Process
The Vampire Facial procedure is painless. However, some people can experience discomfort during micro-needling, which is why we usually apply numbing cream to the skin. Depending on the surface area, the treatment can last anywhere between 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Since it’s a process that involves using the person’s own blood, there’s no real risk of serious adverse effects or cross-contamination, however, there are critical guidelines that should be considered and must be followed. People who have gotten the Vampire Facial should refrain from vigorously touching the treated surface area and avoid direct sun exposure for a period of 3 to 5 days.
Since skin is different from person to person, the results from the facial can appear anywhere between days to weeks from the initial treatment.
How Long Do the Effects of a Vampire Facial Last?
When it comes to the effects of the Vampire Facial, results vary depending on various factors, including the area of treatment, skin sensitivity, upkeep, genes, and general lifestyle choices.
However, the Vampire Facial is one of the longer-lasting, non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Because it’s using the body’s natural self-regeneration process, which increases the production of collagen and elastin, the results from the treatment can last up to a year.
If not done regularly, the natural aging process continues. That is why multiple treatments are recommended for more consistent and lasting results.
Vampire Facial Side Effects
It’s important to be aware of the side effects of the Vampire Facial before undergoing the treatment. While it’s a relatively safe process, there are minimal side effects that may occur. These include redness, sensitivity, itching, bruising, and swelling. There are no serious side effects associated with the Vampire Facial.
Choosing the Right Treatment Provider
As with all treatments, it’s important to choose the right provider when it comes to getting the Vampire Facial, so as not to risk any unwanted effects. Dr. Carol Eisenstat is a well-trained, certified physician who performs the Vampire Facial at Line Eraser MD – book an appointment and get that blood flowing!