Vampire facials, plasma facials, blood facials, the list goes on. There are many names for platelet-rich plasma injections, but what is this service exactly and what does it do for your skin?
A plasma facial is a medical non-surgical procedure where plasma is separated from your body’s own blood and then injected or infused back into the skin for skin rejuvenation. Platelet-rich plasma has a higher concentration of platelets than what is typically found in the blood, which means it’s richer in growth factors, and can make a big difference to the way your skin looks and feels.
Platelet-rich plasma has been used for years as a form of regenerative medicine in wound-healing and for orthopedic injuries, as well as treatments involving hair loss. It’s flown under the radar in skincare, but now the secret is out! Platelet-rich plasma has many benefits, including creating a youthful appearance.
During the procedure, our nurse practitioner with draw a sample of blood. The blood is then spun in a medical device called a centrifuge, which separates the blood into layers and extracts the layer of protein-rich plasma with a high concentration of platelets, creating what is known as platelet-rich plasma.
Once the platelet-rich plasma is isolated from the whole blood, it’s infused back into the skin. Our clinicians will infuse the plasma into the dermal layers of the skin while performing micro-needling. The small microscopic punctures of micro-needling create channels for deeper absorption of the plasma.
The combination of platelet-rich plasma and the micro-needling procedure helps stimulate collagen production in your skin. The platelet-rich plasma can also be injected into the skin using a very small gauge needle, injections are mainly focused on problem areas and areas of volume loss.
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What makes vampire facials so popular?
A vampire facial is a minimally-invasive procedure that will transform the look of your skin. It’s an optimal treatment for anti-aging, reduction of scars, skin damage, and uneven texture. A great benefit of platelet-rich plasma is there is no risk of an allergic reaction when using the body’s own plasma. It’s incredibly popular, and a number of celebrities are known for using it: Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant used platelet-rich plasma while recovering from orthopedic injuries, Kourtney Kardashian used it for hair loss, and Kim Kardashian and Angelina Jolie have used it for ant-aging benefits of the face.
Does the platelet-rich plasma procedure hurt?
Prior to your procedure, we apply a compounded numbing cream to the face and neck for 30 minutes which will make the procedure tolerable or possibly pain-free. Platelet-rich plasma is beneficial when injected superficially or deep into the dermis, so we will tailor the treatment to your comfort level.
What is the down time and recovery like?
One benefit of using platelet-rich plasma is the down-time is accelerated by its healing properties. The micro-needling or needle injections typically causes some redness for 24-48 hours. In the event of a small bruise due to the needle, healing may extend to one week.
What are the benefits to getting a vampire facial?
A vampire facial is most beneficial for anti-aging by stimulating production of your natural collagen, tightening of the skin, improving skin texture, and minimizing acne, surgical scars, and hyperpigmentation.
Am I a candidate for platelet-rich plasma injections?
Platelet-rich plasma injections are a safe and effective treatment for all skin types and all ages. Platelet-rich plasma will replenish the skin and everyone can benefit from increased collagen production. The perfect candidate would be someone who is looking to improve the appearance of their skin naturally. However, please note that platelet-rich plasma injections are not well studied in patients with blood disorders or patients who are immunocompromised.
What is the after care of a vampire facial?
The most important step in after care is keeping the face clean for 24 hours to avoid causing an infection after getting injections. You should use a gentle cleanser and make sure that you are wearing SPF during the day. Using a hyaluronic acid serum can help with keeping your skin hydrated and plump, however, you should avoid products with acids, enzymes, or harsh ingredients for a few days post procedure.
Platelet-rich plasma injections are a staple at Pure Bliss Med Spa, and many clients in the Atlanta and Sandy Springs area are loving their results. We recommended three treatments, one month apart, for skin correction and you should see results within a few weeks. For anti-aging and prevention of volume loss, it can be repeated 3-4 times a year. You can also pair vampire facials with a dermal filler such as Juvéderm for enhanced results. Call us to learn more about this procedure and the various options for treatment.
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