Vampire facials are becoming increasingly popular among women who want to get rid of their facial wrinkles. They are also known as micro-needling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP).
Microneedling with PRP is a non-invasive procedure that uses tiny needles to stimulate collagen production in the skin. It works by creating micro-channels in the skin that allow blood to flow into the skin. The blood then contains growth factors that promote new collagen production.
This process helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also stimulates the body’s natural healing response. This means it can help reduce scarring, stretch marks, and acne scars.
The treatment takes about an hour and involves two steps:
First, you will be given a series of injections at your face using a special needle. These injections contain concentrated amounts of growth factors that encourage cell turnover and increase circulation. You may feel some discomfort during this step but most people find it relaxing.
Afterward, you’ll apply a serum or cream containing hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid has been shown to have anti-aging properties. As it penetrates deeper into the dermis, it encourages more cells to produce collagen.
What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelets are small fragments of blood that help clot our bodies when we’re injured. They contain growth factors that can promote cell regeneration and repair damaged tissue. PRPs work similarly: they contain high concentrations of platelets, along with other proteins and stem cells. The result is an infusion of concentrated growth factors that helps heal wounds faster than normal.
How Does Micro Needle Therapy Work?
Microneedling with PRP is based on the same principle as micro-pigmentation. Both procedures use small needles to create channels through which blood flows into the skin. However, they differ slightly in how they work. Micro-pigmentation creates pigment particles within the skin. When these particles enter the bloodstream, they travel throughout the entire body. In contrast, microneedles only penetrate the top layer of the epidermal barrier. Once inside the skin, the blood carries growth factors directly to the area where they’re needed.
In addition to stimulating collagen production, micro-needling with PRPs also improves elasticity and reduces redness. Because it increases blood flow, it can even temporarily remove dark spots from under the eyes.
Who Should Try Microneedling With Platelet Rich Plasma?
Microneedling with PRP is ideal for anyone looking to treat signs of aging such as deep creases around the mouth, forehead, nose, chin, and neck. People who suffer from rosacea often benefit from this cosmetic treatment because it promotes healthy tissue regeneration. It’s also effective for treating sun damage, including melasma, freckles, age spots, and uneven pigmentation. If you’ve had laser treatments before, you might notice lessened results after trying micro-needling with PRPs.
If you don’t see any improvement after three months, talk to your doctor about other options. He or she may recommend another type of therapy instead.
What are the benefits?
These needles range in size from.5 to 2.5 millimeters. The most common complaints about aging include wrinkles, sagging skin, uneven texture, dull complexion, loss of firmness, and dark spots or age spots. A vampire facial can help address these concerns through multiple mechanisms:
- It stimulates new cell production that helps restore elasticity and smooth outlines around the eyes, mouth, forehead, cheeks, chin, neck, chest, hands, arms, legs, feet, etc.
- It promotes the healing of damaged tissues and reduces inflammation. This makes it useful for people suffering from acne scars, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation, and scarring.
- It boosts circulation by increasing blood flow to areas that need it. This means better oxygenation and nutrient delivery to all parts of the face.
- It removes dead skin cells so that new ones can grow. Dead skin cells clog pores and cause breakouts.
What Skin Conditions Can Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treat?
Microneedling (with or without PRP) can improve a variety of skin conditions, including:
- Acne scars
- Age spots
- Sun damage
- Scarring caused by injuries such as burns
Even if you’re lucky enough not to have any of these issues, you may want to consider microneedling with PRP to improve your skin’s tone, texture, and overall appearance.
The treatment is usually well-tolerated in adults and has very few side effects other than a minor irritation for a couple of days. For best results, patients should avoid direct sunlight and minimize their use of personal skincare products for the first few days of recovery.
In sum, microneedling with PRP is a powerful treatment for a variety of common skin concerns.
What does your face look like after a vampire facial?
After you heal (which can take up to a week), your skin will look and feel brighter, dewier, more supple, and refreshed but don’t expect those results overnight. Immediately after my treatment, my face was comically red and flushed, and it only softened to bright pink (!) for the rest of the day. It also felt tight, tender, and dry, like I’d been swimming in the salty ocean and also got a sunburn. By the next morning, I felt totally normal again, and the redness had significantly improved, but I still had Lil red splotches all over my face that took a few days to fade.
In a trial of 50 people with acne scars, microneedling with distilled water led to a 45.84% improvement in acne scars.
You shouldn’t expect to get rid of every wrinkle overnight. The effects of micro-needling with PRPs last up to six weeks. During this time, you’ll continue applying products like serums and moisturizers. They keep the new collagen growing strong while helping prevent further breakdown.
The Difference Between Vampire Facials And Microneedling
Vampire facials are one of those things that sound like they’re going to make your skin look amazing, but when it comes time to actually do them, you realize just how much work goes into making sure your face looks good after having done something as simple as getting a facial. The same thing can happen with micro-needling effective treatment. You think “Oh my gosh! I have to go to the spa today!” only to find out that what you thought was an easy procedure turns out to take hours upon hours of prep work.
In fact, some doctors will tell you that even though microneedling sounds great on paper, it doesn’t really deliver anything more than a regular exfoliation. That being said, we still love it because it does give us our best chance at achieving younger-looking skin without spending hundreds of dollars on expensive procedures.
How Does Micro-Needling Work?
Microneedling is basically a form of dermal remodeling where tiny holes are made in the top layer of your skin using special tools called cannulas. These small wounds stimulate growth factors that encourage new tissue formation. As a result, your skin becomes smoother, firmer, tighter, and healthier-looking over time.
What’s better, vampire facial or micro-needling?
A vampire facial is micro-needling but better. Microneedling works great to stimulate collagen on its own, but Dr. Carqueville says that PRP serves as one of the best ways to really boost your collagen by using those concentrated platelets and growth factors in addition to the basic micro-needling.
As a result, the skin is left with an appearance that looks like it has been rejuvenated.
Vampire facial treatments are becoming increasingly popular in the UK and across Europe as people look for ways to improve their overall health and beauty. The treatment involves using microneedles which penetrate into your skin at different depths depending on how much of your face you want to be treated. This allows the practitioner to target specific areas of your skin such as fine lines or wrinkles.