The PRP treatment has been used since the 90s to help and accelerate the healing of wounds as well as helping athletes recover from their injuries. One example is the tennis player, Rafael Nadal. The treatment has become known as the ‘Vampire facial’ in 2010 after US Dr. Charles Runels trademarked the name “Vampire Facelift”, during the craze for the Twilight Saga and the Vampire Diaries. It was then celebrity, Kim Kardashian who made it famous after posting a photo of her getting a Vampire Facial treatment on Instagram. A buzz was created in a matter of minutes!
But what is it and how does it work?
The Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment is a regenerative facial treatment, which uses nothing but your own blood. Most aesthetic doctors agree that this facial is one of the best anti-aging procedures available on the market.
The Vampire Facial, or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) harnesses your body’s natural healing powers and helps repair and regenerate tissue, leaving your skin smoother and more even in colour. It involves extracting blood from your arm into a special test tube. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge so that it separates the plasma, which is rich in platelets (the part of the blood with high concentration of growth factors) from the red and white blood cells.
The next steps involve using a micro-needling device to create multiple micro-punctures on the surface of the skin (tiny needles on the head move up & down at 8000 times per minute), driving the isolated growth factors into the skin and creating stimulus for tightening and rejuvenation of the collagen of the face. The aesthetic doctor will then apply the plasma onto the skin so that the growth factors can soak into the tissue. This allows for further stimulation of skin tightening and skin rejuvenation. Before the needles are injected, anesthetic cream is applied on the surface of the face making the treatment relatively painless.
The reason why this procedure is highly effective in regenerating the skin is because the growth factors in the plasma activate the stem cells already in the skin and tricks them into thinking there’s been an injury and new younger tissue should be generated.
If you noticed your face becoming droopy as muscle and collagen decrease, your skin color becoming paler because of less blood flow, and your skin texture becoming less smooth, you could give smothering yourself in blood a try.
What are the benefits of a vampire facial?
After a vampire facial you can expect a more radiant sink and improved appearance of wrinkles, and scars. The area underneath the eyes gets rejuvenated and your facial features get plumped up.
Your face will look a bit red and swollen immediately after the procedure however the results are immediate and will improve in time leaving your skin glowing!
So, are you ready to give this incredible facial a try?