- How it works
- What is involved with the Vampire Facial treatment?
- Pre-treatment instructions
- Post-treatment instructions
- Where else can you use Vampire Facial?
- How does Vampire Facial help with resurfacing?
A Vampire Facial, or PRP facial, combines microneedling (also known as collagen-induction therapy) with topical application of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) derived from your own blood.
Benefits of a Vampire Facial
- Overall improvement to skin texture & tone
- Reduce scars (including acne scars)
- Correct hyperpigmentation
- Tighten lax skin
- Smooth fine lines
- Minimize the appearance of large pores
The most common treatment areas include the face, neck, decolletage and scalp, but the Vampire Facial can also be used on the body.
Vampire Facial works by creating controlled injury to the skin from both the ultra-fine needles and PRP. This stimulates the body’s natural wound-healing response, kick-starting the biological processes that create new collagen and elastin.
Aging and environmental damage break down these essential structural proteins, and the rate of replacement slows over time. Procedures like Vampire Facial can slow and reverse this process, helping skin look more youthful.
Before the procedure, the skin is anesthetized with ointment to provide the client with maximum comfort. In preparation for the Vampire Facial, a blood sample will be collected and placed into a centrifuge to isolate the platelets. Plasma Rich Platelets (PRP) gets extracted from the blood sample and prepared for the microneedling therapy.
After the treatment area is disinfected, the microneedling device is applied, puncturing the skin at appropriately adjusted depths and speed. While puncturing, the pore-plumping PRP cocktail will be massaged in, and allowed to absorbed a minimum of 4 hours or overnight.
After the procedure, the skin is may appear swollen and red. In most cases, everything disappears in the next few days.
The skin condition will improve over time as a result of regenerative processes.
- Avoid the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs like aspirin, Motrin, Advil, ibuprofen, or any other non-Tylenol, non-acetaminophen product) for two weeks prior to treatment to minimize the potential for bruising. Discuss any current medications that you are taking with your doctor prior to stopping or pausing usage.
- Hydrate: for seven days prior, moisturize your skin in the morning & evening.
- If you have a history of fever blisters, take antiviral medication starting 1 day prior and follow the directions on your prescription.
- Stop all topical acids (like glycolic, alpha, or beta hydroxyl acids), retinol, Retin-A, or other like products 7 days prior to treatment.
- Avoid tanning beds or prolonged exposure to the sun 14 days prior to treatment. Always use a zinc oxide sunscreen with SPF 30+.
- Remove all substances from the intended treatment area, including topical numbing cream, tanning products, ointments, lotions, perfumes, bath/shower oils, deodorants, etc.
- Pregnancy or nursing
- Under 18 years of age
- Possibility of Infections in the areas targeted for PRP therapy
- Current or history of cancer, especially skin cancer, or pre-malignant moles
- Anticoagulant prescription medications or antiplatelet therapy
- Impaired immune system due to immunosuppressive diseases such as AIDS and HIV, or use of immunosuppressive medications
- Severe concurrent conditions such as cardiac disorders, epilepsy, uncontrolled hypertension, and liver or kidney diseases
- A history of diseases stimulated, such as recurrent Herpes Simplex in the treatment area
- Any active condition in the treatment area, such as sores, psoriasis, eczema and rash as well as excessively/freshly tanned skin
- History of skin disorders such as keloid scarring, abnormal wound healing, as well as very dry and fragile skin
- Any medical condition that might impair skin healing
- Any surgical, invasive, ablative procedure in the treatment area in the last 3 months or before complete healing
- Cosmetic treatments including neurotoxins, filler, threads, Sculptra will need to be evaluated for possible contraindications.
- Use of Isotretinoin (Accutane®) within 6 months prior to treatment
- Currently taking antibiotics
- Any surgical procedure in the treatment area within the last three months or before complete healing.
- Treating over tattoo or permanent makeup.
- Excessively tanned skin from sun, tanning beds or tanning creams and sprays within the last two weeks.
Immediately after treatment PRP or the EGF serum may be used on treatment area to help boost results.
After 24 Hours the post care skincare routine may be initiated:
- Wash skin with the Gentle Cream Cleanser with cool water. Avoid using towels or abrasive scrubbing cleansing cloths. Pat dry once rinsed with water.
- Tone skin with the Calming Flower Mist.
- Apply post care safe serums after toning options include: Phyto Calm Aloe Drops, EGF Drops, or Antistress CBD.
Additional post care safe serums include the HA Revive Hydrator Dops or Daily Hydration Drops.
- Moisturize with the Phyto Calm Hydrator or Vita E Moisturizing Cream.
- Apply SPF of 30 or higher 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply as needed.
Expected downtime can vary depending on treatment settings and may range between 1-7 days. The expected healing sequence and expected treatment side effects include redness, swelling, bruising, light discomfort, and pinpoint bleeding.
During the healing process keeping the items in contact with treatment areas in clean. This may include: clean pillow cases, linens, wiping down cell phones or any accessories coming in contact with treated skin.
- Avoid washcloths and harsh cleansers until all transient healing processes have resolved naturally.
- Sleep with a slight elevation of your head to help with any swelling.
- Avoid sleeping with pets for 24 hours.
- Avoid excessive sun exposure in the treatment area and use sunscreen (SPF 30+) for one month following the procedure.
Contact the office if you have any concerns about how your skin is responding to treatment or is healing.
If you are healing well, you may resume using mineral makeup 24 hours later. Do not resume the use of topical acids, retinol, Retin-A, etc. for 7 days.
The most common treatment areas include the face, neck, decolletage and scalp but the Vampire Facial can also be used on the breast, buttocks, abdomen, knees, thighs, and almost any other body area.
Vampire Facial causes a natural response to produce new collagen-rich tissue. Generation of new, collagen-rich tissue tightens skin, reduces scars, wrinkles, stretch marks and fine lines in the skin. This thus improves the overall texture and appearance of your skin.