I think the biggest misconception about the Vampire Facial® is that people believe it is an extreme procedure. Ok, I get it – it sounds like something Bella from Twilight would be involved in, but trust me, this has to be one of the most effective anti-aging treatments around. As gruesome as it sounds, this nonsurgical rejuvenation procedure is pretty straight forward. Platelet Rich Plasma or “PRP” has been used for decades, primarily to treat injuries and regenerate damaged tissue. In recent years, the cosmetic anti-aging community has capitalized on the healing and regenerative properties of PRP by combining it with microneedling to develop the infamous “Vampire Facial”®.
The procedure is simple – a small vial of blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the other components of your blood. The PRP is then painted onto the face and microneedled into the skin. It enters the dermis via microchannels to “trick” the body into producing and depositing new collagen where the collagen has started to break down or is lost. The new collagen fills in wrinkles, adds volume to your cheeks, and improves the texture and appearance of your skin.
Other than cosmetic enhancement, PRP has also been used in the sports industry to help athletes avoid surgery. In both cases the platelets are extremely important because they contain a number of growth factors that can stimulate collagen synthesis, skin renewal, cell growth, and tissue regeneration.
It is said that Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, Alex Rodriguez, Hines Ward and many other elite players have utilized the treatment to repair damage. This industry often uses PRP injections to manage impairments caused by osteoarthritis of the knee, hip, shoulder, and spine, meniscus and rotator cuff tears, plantar fasciitis, ACL injuries, tennis elbow, ankle sprains, tendonitis and ligament sprains.
In one case you have a woman coming in because she has grown tired of seeing the wrinkles which have slowly began appearing on her face, and wants a more youthful look. In another case, you have a college football player who has injured his knee in a play and wants to repair it without surgery. I find it so interesting that a treatment like this can be applied for two vastly different uses. I guess the beauty of PRP is that it helps to remind your body that it is capable of fixing itself. Because of that, humans and science make a pretty good team if you ask me.
Click here to learn more about the Aesthetic Medical Treatments, like the Vampire Facial, that our on-site physician performs here at Pulse Laser!