Microneedling with PRP (platelet rich plasma) is a powerful anti-aging treatment that can completely rejuvenate the skin. Also referred to as the Vampire Facial or Collagen Induction Therapy, this non-surgical treatment combines two aesthetic treatments – microneedling to stimulate collagen and elastin production, and platelet rich plasma (PRP) to grow fresh tissue. We recommend this treatment to our patients who wish to address the following concerns:
- Uneven skin tone and texture
- Dull, lifeless skin
- Loose skin
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne and surgical scars
- Stretch marks
- Sun damage
- Large pores
The treatment can be used to treat specific areas of concern, but many of our patients choose to get a Vampire Facial because they are looking for a way to achieve younger-looking skin.
This popular skin rejuvenation treatment is often called a “Vampire Facial” because it uses the patient’s own blood to stimulate a restorative effect. Before the treatment begins, our medical professional draws a small amount of the patient’s blood, which is then spun in a centrifuge to create a product that is rich in plasma and platelets, known as platelet rich plasma (PRP). PRP contains concentrated amounts of growth factors and other elements that promote and support tissue regeneration. PRP has many applications in medicine and has been used for years to support the body’s healing process. PRP is used in aesthetic medicine to stimulate the production of collagen and new tissue growth.
After our medical professional has created the PRP solution, treatment can begin. First, the solution is brushed onto the patient’s skin, along with a topical numbing cream to ensure the patient’s comfort. Then our nurse uses a device called a Dermapen to create thousands of tiny micro-punctures in the skin’s surface, across the entire treatment area. Not only does microneedling help PRP penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, but the tiny wounds created during the process also stimulate the body’s natural healing response. This results in a dramatic increase in collagen and elastin production, which produces smooth, younger-looking skin.
Recovery and Results
After a Vampire Facial, the treated area will appear red and flushed, so most of our patients prefer to remain at home for the remainder of the day. Patients typically begin to notice results within a week, with the most dramatic results appearing within 4 to 8 weeks. Longer lasting results can be achieved with additional treatment sessions, spaced at monthly intervals. If you’re looking for a non-surgical treatment that provides overall skin rejuvenation, microneedling and PRP may be the ideal solution for you.