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One of the more unique and effective facial rejuvenation treatments that we offer here at Dermatology & Skin Health – which has made waves in the media in recent years – is the “The Vampire Facial.” Yes, the name alone is reason enough to perk the brows and cause wonder, “what in the world is that?”
The “Vampire Facial,” or, the PRP method (platelet-rich plasma) uses the patient’s own blood as the primary “filler” in the cosmetic procedure.
“What’s that you just said?”
Yeah, we know. The very description/name may cause you to be a bit squeamish, but we promise, it’s safe, and doesn’t instill any major pain.
Here’s the gist of the Vampire Facial:
The treatment was developed as a way to enhance the volume and natural radiant beauty of the patient’s (your) face. This is achieved by literally extracting your blood and removing the platelet-rich plasma that is naturally found in the blood. Platelet-rich plasma appears as a clear yellow serum after it is separated from the darker components made mostly of red blood cells.
How is it separated?
Your blood is quickly and painlessly drawn – much like a routine blood test. The blood is than spun through a centrifuge, which separates the PRP from the blood cells. Platelet-rich plasma has historically been used within the medical field for its natural wound and injury healing properties. As it pertains to this procedure, your PRP also stimulates the production of collagen, aiding in tissue regeneration – which is the key basis of the Vampire Facial procedure.
Then what happens?
The PRP is applied to the skin on your face and a dermatologic pen is used to literally penetrate the skin, thus re-introducing the PRP to your face which immediately begins to rejuvenate your facial skin quality and volume due to increased collagen production, and new fatty tissue generation beneath the skin – creating a natural, youthful appearance, which is what many of us are after.
What are the key focus areas that are targeted with this procedure?
While it’s called the “Vampire Facial,” we need to assure you that this technique is really not scary at all. It’s healthy, it’s beneficial, and it delivers proven results. If you have any follow-up questions, concerns, or if you want to schedule a consult/appointment, don’t hesitate to give us a shout!