If you’ve never heard of a vampire facial, you’re in for a treat. We’re not talking about something from a fantasy movie or book, but a regenerative beauty treatment that gives the face a more youthful appearance. At World Wellness Health Insitute in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, we use this therapy to help patients look and feel their best.
What Is a Vampire Facial?
It might sound like something straight off the stage of science fiction, but vampire facials are real. Also known as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) facials, these therapies combine microdermabrasion with PRP. PRP is a gel derived from your own blood, which naturally contains concentrated levels of platelets. In turn, platelets heal wounds by clotting blood and regenerating cells.
If platelets are agents of life because they stop dangerous bleeding, they also help plump and revitalize skin. This is because they contain significant levels of growth factors that, when applied to the skin, stimulate cell turnover. As old cells die, new and healthier ones are revealed. To put it simply, a PRP facial uses your own blood to promote the healthy activity of your skin cells.
Platelets and Your Skin
Again speaking of the growth factors found within plasma, it’s important to note they stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin. Growth factors also contain antioxidant and hydrating properties. The result is a nutrient-rich facial derived from a substance already found within your body.
When applied topically, platelets can help you achieve these benefits, just to name a few:
- Reduced appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
- Firmer, more toned skin
- Improved skin texture
- Regained volume
- A healthy glow
- Reduced hyperpigmentation
- Correction of scars, including those caused by acne
- Repair of sun damage
The Effects on Your Complexion
Many skincare treatments are designed to treat issues like acne at the surface level. There’s nothing wrong with this, and patients commonly see great results from traditional facials, microneedling, and other therapies. But a vampire facial takes this one step further by addressing skin issues at a deeper level. This means that issues like wrinkles, fine lines, and loss of velocity can show significant improvement with PRP.
In addition to working from within to correct skin damage and stimulating growth factors, platelets also improve blood circulation to the face. This is of prime benefit for anyone who wants healthier, more younger-looking skin. It also repairs dry, dull, and uneven skin tone for a clearer and more radiant complexion overall.
How Does It Work?
Basically, the purpose of a PRP facial is to make your skin look plump and dewy. To achieve this, we will first draw blood from your arm exactly as is done for lab testing. Then, we’ll use a centrifuge to isolate the platelets from your blood and achieve PRP. This process takes about 10 minutes.
Next, we’ll use microneedling to create multiple superficial, microscopic wounds in the skin. These wounds are not deep enough to draw blood. It is this process that creates a stimulus for tightening and rejuvenating the skin’s appearance. The final step is injecting PRP into targeted areas to allow all those nutrients to soak in at a deep tissue level. The entire process takes about one hour.
What to Expect at Our Office
Prior to your facial, you’ll have a consultation with Dr. Lebowitz. He will use that time to evaluate your skin, overall health, and medical history. He’ll also take you through the entire process to ensure you have a firm understanding of what the therapy entails. Together, the two of you will discuss your expectations, the likely outcomes, and a plan for the future to keep your skin healthy.
How Long Do Results Last?
Results of a PRP facial can last a year or more, although we must remind you each person is different and responds in unique ways to the treatment. It’s also important to note that results are cumulative, which is why we recommend patients have subsequent treatments. Each will build upon the results of the previous so that you see the full benefit of this therapy.
Equally important is knowing the proteins delivered to your face will continue working long after the end of your treatment. In particular, the production of collagen and elastin will, once started, keep building for three months or more. This is just one of the many ways a vampire facial differs from other treatments – results last longer and yield more significant benefits.
Patient Age and Treatment
An approximate age guideline, which should be used as nothing more than a suggestion, is this: patients over the age of 30 might consider at least one PRP facial per year. This number rises to two per year for patients over 40. But this is not to say that younger and older people shouldn’t also use this treatment. Quite the opposite, in fact.
Patients in their 20s are well-suited to this therapy to correct acne and acne scars. PRP facials can also reverse the early signs of aging in young people. Similarly, older people can use this therapy to treat deep lines and wrinkles. Dr. Lebowitz will discuss with you the best way to bridge your beauty goals with PRP.
Comparing the PRP Facial to Others
Traditional facials work hard to purify the skin of toxins and reveal a fresher appearance. The specific steps involve cleaning, exfoliating, and extracting impurities. Sometimes these treatments are followed by a secondary modality, such as an acid peel, to reduce the signs of early aging, acne, and large pores. Ongoing treatments are necessary for continued results, but patients report high success.
The PRP facial is quite different. The process of microneedling forces the skin into recovery mode so that it rebuilds itself. The PRP application also encourages cellular turnover at, again, a much deeper level. This makes it an incredibly effective option for anyone who wants to appear younger, more refreshed, and or reduce the signs of sun damage and acne.
This Treatment Versus Microneedling
It’s true that vampire facials require microneedling, but the two treatments have different approaches. With microneedling, a serum based on your skin’s particular needs is used instead of PRP. While a patient will see results with microneedling, the PRP facial delivers crucial nutrients in a more natural manner. It does, after all, employ your own blood and almost completely reduces the possibility of having an allergic or other adverse reaction.
Understanding PRP as a Therapy
Although it’s gained recent popularity, PRP is not new. It is applied today to encourage hair growth, heal injuries to muscles and joints, and reduce arthritis pain. For these reasons, PRP treatment is widely used.
With regard to cosmetic treatments, PRP boosts collagen production. You already know this, but here’s the science behind it. Collagen rushes to the injection sites – including those around wrinkles, lines, and acne scars – and works to repair those areas. This process stimulates new tissue growth, which will continue for some time after treatment.
Details of Collagen Repair
Collagen repair can be separated into three different phases: inflammation, proliferation, and remodeling. The growth factors are released during inflammation, which takes around three days. At the proliferation stage, fibroblasts target the area in need of healing, a process that may take several weeks. During this time, the development of new blood vessels also takes place.
In remodeling, the final stage, the newly-created collagen strengthens. This is the time when wrinkles and fine lines are diminished, as the new tissue continues to plump and add volume. The remodeling stage is ongoing and can last for more than a year. This is the time when your complexion will be the most refined, although, as we already discussed, results can last longer than a year.
What to Expect From Your Facial
With the vampire facial, there is little to no recovery time after treatment. Patients can return to normal activities immediately. Results begin to reveal themselves within one or two months, with a smoother complexion being the first and most noticeable effect. We’ll discuss with you the need for future treatments during your appointment.
During recovery, you may see some redness, which is completely normal. You may also see some dryness and flaking, which is the result of cell turnover and means new cells are replacing the old. This, too, is completely normal. We can recommend skincare products to help with the healing process, and we’re always here to answer questions and offer support.
The Aging Process
Nobody likes the thought of getting old, but it’s an inevitable part of life. The face is especially vulnerable, as it is exposed to daily toxins and quickly reveals the effects of volume loss and lines caused by frowning, smiling, and even laughing. Understanding the science of aging can help you understand the targeted benefits PRP facials yield.
How the Face Grows Old
The face ages as a result of superficial textural wrinkling of the skin and the underlying structures. The soft tissues that include subcutaneous fat, muscles, and fascia are affected by aging differently than the structural support, which includes bone and teeth. Primary factors that contribute to the aging process include gravity, fat redistribution and loss, hormonal imbalance, long-term sun exposure, and smoking.
The Reversing Effects of PRP
It is a loss of skin volume that provides one of several visual clues to a person’s age. The primary goal in any rejuvenation procedure should be to restore ample and balanced distribution of facial fullness. This means smoothing fat distribution and improving overall velocity. PRP can do this by stimulating collagen production and blood flow, both of which we know are diminished by the hands of time.
Thanks to this treatment, it is now true that aging is not a process we have to accept in its entirety. PRP facials, as we explained earlier, go below the skin’s surface to promote cell and tissue regeneration. Ultimately, these effects can correct undereye circles, skin tone, and much more. Even better, PRP does more than improve the skin’s appearance; it improves this organ’s health to restore the glow you want.
Are You a Candidate?
The good news is that you are probably a candidate! Patients with premature wrinkles or scars, or those who simply want a renewed, brighter complexion, have strong cases for PRP facial treatment. The therapy is extremely safe because your own blood is used, providing a naturally nutrient serum. This means those who prefer a more organic approach to beauty will be pleased with the concept.
Heralded as the most effective anti-aging treatment available, the PRP facial can help rejuvenate the skin – and your appearance – in a number of ways. We look forward to answering your questions and scheduling your consultation with Dr. Lebowitz. Call the World Wellness Health Insitute in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, today and learn how you, too, can benefit from vampire therapy.