January 31, 2016
Patients seeking facial rejuvenation want to know, “Does a vampire facial really work?” It turns out the secret to youthful skin may in fact come from your own blood. The vampire facial, micro-needling with platelet rich plasma, has gained a lot of attention in recent years as a popular treatment for acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skintone, and overall younger looking skin.
The popular cosmetic site, RealSelf.com, saw a 25% increase in vampire facial searches in 2015 compared to 2014. More than half of those visits came from users 35 years of age and older.
How Does A Vampire Facial Work?
Within the blood are many growth factors (platelet rich plasma) that contain healing properties that boost the immune system. Doctors obtain those growth factors by drawing a patients blood and spinning it in a centrifuge to extract the growth factors. The serum is then put on the face and micro-needled into the skin. The needles create trauma that induces the bodies natural healing reponse that induces collagen and elastin production in the skin. The growth factors boost the process as they are considered “emergency responders” in the blood.
For full results, most patients need 3-4 treatments every 4-6 weeks. Immediately, the skin looks brighter, though somewhat red for about 24 hours after treatment. Overtime, the skin continues to heal itself, leading to reduces scarring and wrinkles and overall brigher, more youthful skin.
Over 80% of RealSelf users who have undergone vampire facial treatments say it was worth it and recommend it to others. Mixed results come from patients who have used PRP on the skin alone, and saw little results. But when used in conjunction with micro-needling, or injectables, patients can expect real lasting changes in their skin.
For more information or a consultation at Utah Facial Plastics, call (801)776-2220 today.
Tags: acne scarring, micro-needling, platelet rich plasma, PRP, skin rejuvenation, skin resurfacing, skin treatment, vampire facial
This post was written by Jenny Yergensen