Vampire Facial or Collagen Induction w/ Platelet Rich Plasma
WHAT IS THE VAMPIRE FACIAL?
The Vampire facial or Collagen Induction with PRP is a simple in-office nonsurgical procedure. A small vial of blood is taken from your arm (less than normally taken for routine blood tests). Using a centrifuge, the red and white blood cells are separated, leaving a platelet-rich plasma, known as PRP, which contains powerful growth factors. A device containing 12 micro needles is used to create a micro channel allowing your PRP to be absorbed.
Normally, whenever there is an injury healing platelets rush to the site. They call out to natural healing cells that release growth factors, and stimulate fibroblast production (the cells that create collagen) to energize and heal. Platelet-rich plasma – often called as “liquid gold" is then topically applied, and/or injected into the area being treated.
For decades, PRP has been used successfully to regenerate tissue in sports medicine, orthopedics, dentistry and other applications, but only recently has it been used for cosmetic purposes. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Bar Refaeli have helped popularize these unconventional cosmetic procedures.
The utilization of Platelets and other growth factors found in your blood, trigger new collagen production. This result is tauter, smoother and more youthful skin.
- Aged sagging skin
- Fine lines & wrinkles
- Smokers lines around the lips
- Skin tightening and rejuvenation
- Large Pores
- Stretch Marks
- Scars ( acne, surgical & burns)
- Hyper pigmentation
PREPARING FOR YOUR TREATMENT
- Stop topical retinoids one week prior to treatment.
- Avoid Vitamin E, fish oils and Ginko Biloba for one week prior to treatment
- Avoid anti-histamine and inflammatory drugs one week prior to treatment. These negate the effects of the procedure. The body’s histamine and inflammatory responses are needed post- procedure.
- If using Accutane, a 6-month waiting period after discontinuation of medication is required.
- Please notify the clinic if you have ever been diagnosed with Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) – you may require to take medication to prevent a breakout
- drink plenty of water (at least 32 ounces)
- avoid alcoholic beverages for 48 hours
- DO NOT arrive on empty stomach
- be prepare to take the rest of the day off
- a vile of blood will be drawn
- topical numbing cream containing Benzocaine/Lidocaine/Tetracaine will be used to minimize discomfort
- a device containing 12 micro needles will inject your PRP throughout the area being treated
- pinpoint bleeding is normal and to be expected
- redness can last up to 48 hours
- skin peeling or flaking can last up to 7 days
- Avoid direct sun and heat. This includes simple day to day tasks such as gardening, cooking, sitting next to a bonfire or fireplace,long hot showers, steam rooms, hot tubs etc.
- No tanning beds are allowed.
- Do NOT use any products on your skin that were not given to you.
- Sun care products should be applied every 60 to 90 minutes even on a cloudy day.
- Make-up can be worn the morning after your procedure.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages for 72 hours
- Minor peeling and flakiness may occur after a few days. Don’t pick or pull at the loose skin as can result in permanent scar.
- Do NOT exercise for 72 hours. Limit exercise the first week. Sweating and gym environments can be harmful, rife with bacteria, and may cause adverse reactions.
- Swimming are allowed after 72 hours only if the skin has stopped peeling
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE RECOMMENDED?
- Rejuvenation – 6 to 8 treatments (4-6 weeks apart)
- Acne Scarring – 6 to 8 treatments (6 weeks apart)
- Stretch marks – 8 to 10 Treatments (6 weeks apart.
- Active Pustular Acne
Eczema and psoriasis
Active bacterial, fungal or viral infections
Scars less than 1 year old
Raised moles or warts
Facial surgery in the last 6 months
- Blood pressure, blood thinning or heart medications
- Actinic (solar) keratosis
- Recent Sunburn