The famous Vampire Facial came to the forefront after Kim Kardashian touted it as one of her beauty secrets. Most people know this treatment as the vampire facelift.
The facial is officially called microneedling with PRP, which is short for platelet-rich plasma. The procedure involves a Kwan Dermatology nurse drawing your blood, which is then spun in a centrifuge so the platelet-rich plasm can be separated to inject back into the skin. The injections are done with microneedling devices to allow the plasma to penetrate deep into the skin.
PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, has long been used to help speed recovery from injuries. It has regenerative properties that are very useful in helping the skin heal itself, allowing for increased collagen production, which in turn plumps and firms the skin. Collagen is essential for repairing the skin and keeping it elastic, and PRP can help kick start collagen production.
PRP is formed from the patient’s own blood, meaning that you do not need to worry about an allergic reaction. The process involves taking a blood sample from the patient, then using a centrifuge to separate the plasma. This plasma can then be used as a topical solution to help with any number of skin issues.
To apply PRP into the face to oxygenate the skin and stimulate collagen production, a microneedling process is used. Microneedling is a popular non-invasive skin resurfacing procedure where tiny needles puncture the skin surface, creating tiny channels that allow skincare products to penetrate deeper into the skin. Combining these two procedures reveals luminous, plumped skin, making it a popular cosmetic choice for celebrities who want to look their best on the red carpet, or patients who want to reveal their natural beauty without going under the knife. Not only does micro-needling with PRP reveal a beautiful complexion, but it also helps to correct skin issues such as age spots, fine lines, acne scars, and more. This makes the procedure an excellent all-around choice for skin rejuvenation and complexion brightening.
PRP has been around for decades, and it was previously used as a way to speed up recovery from injuries. It has healing properties that allow the skin to regenerate itself and boost collagen. Collagen is key for skin elasticity and firming, and PRP boosts this even more. Because PRP is created with a patient’s own blood, there is no need to worry about any allergic reactions. The blood sample is treated to remove just the plasma which is used as a topical solution.
Microneedling with PRP is a magic combination procedure that requires little or no downtime. There is a chance of some swelling and redness but it will subside within a few hours to a few days. Depending on your skin condition or what you are aiming to achieve, more than one treatment may be recommended, but this can be determined during your consultation at Kwan Dermatology. If you have age spots, fine lines, acne scars, or just have tired-looking skin, call Kwan Dermatology to schedule a consultation and determine if microneedling with PRP is a good solution for your skin.