By combining Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy with microneedling, the Vampire Facial® has helped many patients achieve the beautifully smooth and youthful facial appearance they desire—without the need for a surgical procedure. The advanced technique involves separating platelets from a patient’s blood and reinjecting this material back into targeted areas of their face. Performed in conjunction with microneedling, PRP therapy triggers the body’s natural healing response, which activates stem cells within the patient’s skin to grow new tissue. Over time, this can provide a number of cosmetic and anti-aging benefits, such as the following:
- Minimize pore size
- Improve and brighten skin tone
- Correct scarring and smooth skin texture
- Increase collagen and elasticity
Patients wanting to address signs of aging and skin damage are typically good candidates for the Vampire Facial®. However, some individuals may be better suited for the Vampire Facelift®, cosmetic injectables, or another non-surgical solution. Candidacy will be determined during the patient’s initial consultation with one of our experienced plastic surgeons.
Vampire Facial® Procedure
Patients who choose to undergo the Vampire Facial® procedure will receive a customized treatment plan that combines PRP therapy with microneedling. The procedure involves a multi-step process specially designed to optimize each treatment’s rejuvenating effects. First, a small amount of blood—about 2 teaspoons—is taken from the patient’s arm, which is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets. Once the PRP has been prepared, the material can be carefully injected into the face using a tiny needle. Since PRP is concentrated in human growth factors, placing the material underneath the skin causes the activation of multipotent stem cells. This leads to the growth of new healthy tissue, including collagen, blood vessels, and fat cells.
Following PRP therapy, patients will undergo the microneedling portion of their treatment. During this stage, a special tool equipped with several tiny needles will be guided across the surface of the patient’s skin. This creates micro-channels in the outer layers of the skin, signaling the body to repair itself with new collagen.
The Vampire Facial® process typically takes no longer than an hour to perform in our office. To achieve optimal results, our plastic surgeons may recommend the patient schedule multiple treatment sessions, spaced about one month apart.
Vampire Facial® Recovery
Recovery following the Vampire Facial® procedure is minimal. Patients can return to their normal routines immediately after leaving our office, making the solution a great “lunchtime” procedure. It is normal to experience some redness and tenderness for the first day after the Vampire Facial®, but these side effects should quickly dissipate as the body heals.
Vampire Facial® Results
Results from the Vampire Facial® procedure should gradually improve over the course of two to three months as healthier tissue continues to develop. Patients can typically enjoy rejuvenated facial appearance for about one to two years, though follow-up sessions can prolong their positive results.
For more details about what to expect in the Vampire Facial® procedure, please schedule your consultation at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group to get started.